Persian Kitten Care
Before leaving the Lovcat Cattery
By the time our Persian kittens arrive to your home, they will have received their first two sets of vaccinations. We use the Fel-o-Guard Plus 3 vaccinations from Fort Dodge that protect kittens from the Feline Rhinotracheitis virus, Calici virus, and the Panleukopenia virus. We do not nor do we recommend giving the kittens vaccinations against Feline Leukemia. There have been known side effects from this vaccine, and if your kitten is kept strictly indoors as it should be, then there is no possibility of it ever contacting Leukemia.
Our Persian kittens receive Drontal as their de-wormer twice before leaving the cattery. This does not mean that our adult cats or kittens have worms in their intestines. This is given by almost all breeders as a preventative measure. In addition, we treat all of our Persian kittens before leaving against possible Coccidiosis, again, as prevention.
Flea and Tick Treatments
Lovcat Persian kittens have Frontline Plus applied to the back of their necks when they are 8 weeks old. We do not have fleas in the cattery, but the Frontline protects the kittens from fleas when they leave the cattery premises. We do not want our Persian kittens ever suffering from a flea bite itch.
Before Your New Persian Kitten Comes Home
Kittens are naturally very curious, and Persian kittens are no exception! They love to explore and snoop, to find cords to nibble and chew on, and thoroughly enjoy flirting with your curtains. Most of the scratching can be avoided with a nail-clip, but what of the toxic plants, dangerous electric wires, or the hazardous chemical cleaning products around your home? The easiest way to cat-proof your home is to put yourself at a kitten’s eye-level. Literally crouch down in the middle of a room, and take note of what you can change. Can the drape lengths be altered and shortened? Perhaps you should purchase a cord organizer and hide all the messy and potentially dangerous wires around the room. Do you have plants? Do the research. Find out if a particular plant is poisonous to a kitten.
Food Litter and Supplies
Never wait until your kitten comes home to purchase the items that your kitten will need as soon as he or she comes home. Essential things like food, bowl, and litter should be prepared well in advance. Your breeder should provide you with a list that your kitten will need.
At Lovcat, we feed our Persian kittens Royal Canin Kitten Dry Food and strongly recommend that our kittens receive continued feeding of this formula in their new homes.
For litter, we highly promote the Tidy Cats Breeze Litter System. You may purchase the Breeze Litter System set at your local Walmart, Target, Petsmart, or you can log on to Amazon.com and purchase it there.
For food bowls, find one that is made of stainless steel or ceramic material. Avoid plastic as they can be toxic and cause your Persian kitten to stain.
We water our Persian kittens with bottles from bottlebabies.com. It keeps their drinking water clean throughout the day, and also keeps the hair around the cats’ and kittens’ mouths sparkling clean.
Find a vet
If you haven’t had a pet in a long time, you may not have a veterinarian that you trust and frequently visit. Ask around the neighborhood – choose and find a credible and knowledgeable vet. This can save your Persian kitten’s life in the future! It is wise to choose the vet before your kitten comes home. It is also wise to make an appointment for your newly purchased Persian kitten before his or her big homecoming.
When your new kitten comes home
To ensure that your kitten is of good health, take it to the veterinarian that you have selected ahead of time for check-up within 72 hours of the kitten’s arrival. This gives you an opportunity to meet your vet and also can give you the assurance that your newly acquired Persian kitten is indeed healthy and sound.
At 16 weeks of age, your Persian kitten needs its last set of vaccinations and de-worming! Provide your vet with the health records provided by us so that your vet will know the history of health treatments for your kitten.
Food and Water
Please have food and water available for your Persian kitten at all times! Depending on their age, they may feed 3-5 times during the day, but until they are 8 months old, let them be the judge when it comes to how often and when they feed.
With a fine metal comb, known as a Greyhound style comb, brush and comb through the strands of your Persian kitten’s plush coat. If you find a tangle, gently tug and work through – do not harshly rip it out. Make it a daily routine, and you’ll be a proud owner of a glamorous movie-star quality cat.
Plenty of Love and Attention
Kittens, like children, thrive in an environment where they are loved and pampered for consistently and unconditionally. With kittens, I have found that there is no over-spoiling them. Use mostly positive reinforcements to encourage good behavior, and shower your kitten with love when he or she does things that you find adorable. Soon enough, you’ll have a very well-behaved, perfect little angel by your side, doting and giving back love more than you can handle.
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