To support a healthy transition for your new kitten, it is important that kittens remain on the food they started with. In our cattery, we strongly believe in using the very best, and so we feed our kittens and cats grain free food through Life's Abundance. You will be provided with a sample of food in your care kit when you take your kitten home. We have done a significant amount of research about the best food to help our cats thrive, and we feel that Life's Abundance food is hands down the best. We encourage you to of course do your own research, but we feel confident that you will discover the same as we did. For our cats, we want only the best. You can order Life's Abundance food HERE. We are happy to provide you with more information about how much food your kitten will need as it grows - this information will be provided to you in your kitten care kit.
There is no right and wrong approach to cat litter, as it really comes down to personal preference. It is important, however, to use the same litter your kitten is familiar with as you make the transition to your home. While we have found (and tried) many great litters out there, our first recommendation would be Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat litter. We absolutely love Kitten Attract for training young kittens, and then Ultra for our older kittens! We have a litter robot for our kitten family as well, and this works like a charm with it!
As you prepare to bring your kitten home, there are other things you will need for a smooth transition besides food, litter box, and litter. First, you will want to purchase a cat carrier. We prefer expandable soft sided carriers. You will receive a small one when you purchase your kitten through our cattery. You will also want to get a scratching post and some fun places for your kitten to cuddle and hide (our kittens love this tower and this cubby). A popular toy in our home is the turbo scratcher with rolling ball and of course, little mice and springs. Cats can be picky about drinking water, so it is imperative to provide them with a water source they love to prevent Urinary tract issues. Our kittens love their water fountain! In our home, cleanliness is imperative, and we also love using the Ubbi pail next to our litter boxes to keep the odors away.
With their long beautiful coats, it is important that you help your Siberian kitten get used to regular grooming. Siberians keep themselves very clean, however, it is important that you trim their nails and brush their fur frequently to prevent matting. We highly recommend using a slicker brush daily as it supports a silky smooth coat on your cat. To trim our kittens nails, we use these nail clippers every other week. There are many great video tutorials on YouTube that show you how to maintain your kitten's nails.
KITTEN PROOF YOUR HOME
Kittens are very curious creatures. They will try to play with almost anything they can get their paws on. However, it can lead them into serious troubles unless you take preventative measures. So here are some tips on how to ensure your kitten's safety and preserve your possessions.
- Keep household killers locked up. Those include (but not limited to): cleaning supplies, bleach, oven cleaners, paints, ammonia, disinfectants, drain cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, fertilizer, and rat poison or pesticides.
- Secure your window blinds cords out of kitty's reach. If kittens gets tangled up in it, he/she could strangle.
- Keep toilet lids down. Kitten may attempt to play with a water and fall head down into it. On top of it, a lid might close and trap your kitty inside.
- Store plastic bags away from a kitten's reach. Kittens love to play with them but can get tangled inside the plastic bag and suffocate. They can also eat pieces of plastic which is totally not healthy. Instead of plastic bag, you can offer your kitten a paper bag (just make sure to remove the handles first).
- Remove all breakable valuables. Take them from shelves and/or floor and store them in a cabinet with a door. That way you won't lose your favorite vase and won't have to rush your kitty to emergency room with broken glass stuck in a paw.
- Keep your needlework supplies in a closed container. Needles and thread can be fatal if your kitten swallows them.
- Remove plants poisonous to cats. Those include amaryllis, English Ivy, narcissus, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), mistletoe, poinsettia, holly, philodendron, azalea, rhododendron, daffodil daphne, foxglove, bleeding heart, potato, iris, ivy, oleander, rubber plant, tobacco, tulip, clematis, morning glory, and weeping fig. Here is a more comprehensive LIST OF PLANTS POISONOUS TO CATS.
- Secure electrical wires with a plastic cover, or use a pet-repellent spray on them. Some kittens like to chew on them which might result in an electroshock.