EARTHBORN GRAIN FREE PRIMITIVE FELINE
Dry foods are left out at all times as well as their water. All cats have to have access to fresh water at all times.
When a kitten arrives at it’s new home it is not uncommon for him/her to completely quit the dry foods offered and only choose to eat the soft foods offered. Going through this period just requires feeding the soft food more times a day while still offering the dry. Typically after a couple of weeks they are back on the dry and settled into the routine of their new home.
Kittens get soft foods twice a day. As they get older, I decrease the amount of soft foods they receive daily and discontinue the canned foods given. When babies are approximately one year of age I will feed chicken instead of canned cat foods. An easy type to just have on hand is canned chicken. This does not have to be given every day.
BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS GRAIN FREE KITTEN
PURINA ONE HEALTHY KITTEN NATURAL GRAIN FREE
I will send the food that your kitten is currently on for easy transitioning into the foods of your choice.
It is also a good idea and or necessary to contain the new baby in a room. A room all of their own for the first 5 days to 1 week. A guest bathroom or spare bedroom is good for this. Kittens are like puppies in the respect that free roam of the house may be intimidating and harder to find their litter box. Once they are used to your home and confident in the new environment they can explore your entire home. This is also beneficial if they are being introduced to a new cat in the home. This gives them a couple of days to acquire the smell of your home. Giving them a t-shirt that you have worn or a blanket your cat has used while giving your cat a blanket that the new baby has slept on will benefit both parties. They will acquire each others smell. This typically takes four days to a week. If it takes longer, just know that it will just take a bit more time and then you will have years of happy times with your kitten.
Pictures will be taken and sent approximately every 14 days.
It is also a good idea to contain the new baby in a room all of their own for the first week. A guest bathroom or spare bedroom is good for this. Kittens are like puppies in the respect that free roam of the house may be intimidating and harder to find their litter box. Once they are used to your home and confident in the new environment they can explore your entire home. This is also beneficial if they are being introduced to a new cat in the home. This gives them a couple of days to acquire the smell of your home. Giving them a t-shirt that you have worn or a blanket your cat has used while giving your cat a blanket that the new baby has slept on will benefit both parties. They will acquire each others smell. This typically takes four days to a week. If it takes longer, just know that it will just take a bit more time and then you will have years of happy times with your kitten.
The house is kept at 70 to 72 degrees though some rooms are cooler and some warmer. The babies are used to normal temps in the home. I do put clothes on the naked babies, but not always.
They do enjoy a basket or bed with a heating pad kept on low around the house
I use equine pine pellets in open litter boxes. They convert easily onto other types of litter but I will send home enough of the pine pellets to get you started.
I will send home toys, old and new, with your baby.
If the baby is to fly home I will also supply sky kennel, baby blankets inside along with a toy. Sometimes they won’t allow a toy in the kennel during flight.
I will send in the mail all items previously outlined, toys, food, paperwork, etc. I try and send this prior to kittens departure.
Kittens stay at my home until 14 - 16 weeks of age. Babies with straight coats typically are allowed to leave earlier than the naked type babies. They will be altered and then about a 10-14 days after that they can travel to their new home:)
RECORDS AND VACCINATIONS
All paperwork will be supplied to you (even paperwork that was previously emailed).
TICA Registration (TICA can be slow but I will mail as soon as it arrives if this is not included in the kittens departure paperwork).
The kittens received Feline FVRCP Vaccine and have been litter tested negative for FELV/FIV.
If for any reason your peterbarld cat/kitten should ever require medical treatment involving anesthesia , never allow the use of the drug Ketamine. The likelihood of a negative reaction is possible in any cat, but in Peterbalds it is more likely than not. Never take that chance, there are many alternatives.
CONTRACTS AND FINAL PAYMENTS
Contract and final payments are due one week before being altered. I will notify you with the babes date for surgery and then email you the day of surgery with up-dates. I try my very best to keep new parents informed on their progress and all the milestones prior to leaving my home.
Troubleshooting at home
Not eating enough ?
Some babies will go off feed after this trip into their new environment. During this period offering chicken with broth is a super meal for baby. You can use chicken in a can or baked chicken. Adding a bit of tuna can helps. Purina One flaked kitten canned food is also a fav treat and worth a try
Not drinking enough ?
Offer the soft kitten food after mixing with some water. Offer water with a little tuna juice or chicken broth in it. Instead of water fill the water bowl with children’s unflavored Pedialyte
Baby won’t shut up!
After coming home or in the car ride home a baby (especially PeterBalds) May talk, cry, or Yowl and some kids are very loud. This can be upsetting if you think they are upset but it is really just talking to see who else is out there. It can also be to get your attention but usually it is all talk and will calm down as they become more familiar with the surroundings
I enter the room the baby hides or hisses at me. This is more than likely a reaction to the new unfamiliar smell which signals the brain to hiss - this will pass. A young kitten may hiss more than a juvenile or certainly an adult because it’s just a reaction to all the new. They can hiss then in an instant start purring and rolling on the floor in front of you
If baby is rolling around like crazy when you pick them up try picking them up while sitting and turn it into a fun game. Put them on their back in your lap and rub their tummy or play with their feet. It’s a super trust and bonding builder. This can be done while watching TV also if the baby always wants to run off of your lap turn that into a game, hopefully baby falls asleep on your lap afterwards
Another reason the bathroom is a good spot when bringing baby home is because there are limited places to hide so hiding won’t be an option. Allowing them to hide continuously doesn’t help to build confidence and can reinforce that behavior - this too will pass
Special Reminder to check the kitties eyelashes, whiskers and eyebrows to ensure the curly ones aren’t in their eyes.
If baby does hide try to lure them out of the hiding spot with a toy or teaser, this is a super way to bond and build confidence. We call them Kitty traps! Put a heating pad on med/low heat setting in a bed or basket and cover with a cushy thin baby blanket. The kittens love them, it’s the perfect way to know where your baby will hang out
Stop it Baby !
Correction of kitty should never be a swat. This is what squirt guns were made for. Some babies will only require a bit of talking to but others will need the squirt gun for a time or two. Later if it is something really tempting to the kitty all you have to do is pick up the squirt gun then not even follow up with a spray. Even though they know why the gun has come out they still may want to discuss over and over again. Some of the funniest talks from a kitten are right after they realize there are boundaries. I have had them run up to my face to say it directly to me, I have them roll on the floor complaining to me and or they might run up just to coerce you into changing your mind with a touch or kiss on the cheek
Baby hasn’t used the box yet ?
Be patient it can take 48 hours or so for them to feel confident enough to go, they will it just takes some patience. If patience is not enough; Take a small amount of Vaseline and wipe it on their front paws. They will lick it off and it will act just like Laxatone or other treatments sold over the counter for this purpose.
Baby had an accident !
One accident and I wouldn’t worry. Repeated accidents in the same area after area is treated require action. I would put a litter box on top of area. The box doesn’t have to remain there for months on end just until the baby matures enough to make it to the ideal box location. Just like puppies or babies they don’t have control over these functions yet and are just immature. They want to find that box and use it we just have to guide them a bit when they are so young