New Kitten Owner's Checklist

Feel free to ask us any questions in regard to any necessary pet supplies or kitten preparation information mentioned below.  We do our best to help you prepare for your new arrival, and although we don't have all the answers, we have done our best to provide you with a helpful checklist to start you off on the right track.  

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Welcoming Your New Kitten:

The thought of bringing home a new kitten can be at once exciting and overwhelming.  Here are some kitten-specific

suggestions that will help make your new friend's welcome a warm and lasting one.  

First Two Weeks:  

Keep your new kitten in a small room for the first 2 weeks (quarantine period) so that it can use it’s litterbox, and put it’s scent on it so it can find it when it’s moved to a permanent location later.  You can also better be able to monitor that your kitten is eating, drinking water, properly, and adjusting to it’s new home.  If you do not give your kitten an opportunity to do this, your kitten can accidentally end up eliminating in an inappropriate location (under the bed, in a closet, on a bed, etc.), and this will make it harder for your kitten to adjust to it’s new home and new family.  Set your kitten up for success by following this two week quarantine rule from the start.  A small bedroom, home office, bathroom, enclosed laundry room works well for those first two weeks.  After that quarantine period, you can allow your kitten to explore your home at your own leisure and once your kitten is fully acclimated, you can then move the litter box to it’s permanent location, as well as the food/water bowls.  Make a vet appointment for your kittens wellness check up before you even pick up your kitten to further ensure that your new kitten is healthy and doing well with it’s new home transition.  

Kitten-Proof Your Home!

* Keep small items such as tinsel, rubber bands, buttons and beads out of reach–as your kitten could choke on them.

*Place all electric cords out of reach or secure them in cat proof tubing.

*Also be aware of those household products and plants that may be harmful to your new kitten(s).

*Keep all medications, supplements, out of your kittens reach.  Acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) is fatal to cats, so be sure to keep that away from your kitty.  

*Identify household plants to ensure that they are not toxic to your kitty.  There is a plant identifier app (Picture This) in the app store you can use to help you identify plants and flowers in your home.  Once you have identified the plant of flower, cross check them against this list.


Common Plants and Flowers That Are Poisonous to Cats

Many toxic plants are irritants: they cause localized inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach, etc. The toxic principle in other plants may have a systemic effect and damage or alter the function of a cat’s organs, like the kidney or heart.

Here’s a list of some common plants that are toxic to cats:

Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.)

Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)

Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.)

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)

Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Mum (Chrysanthemum spp.)

Cyclamen (Cyclamen spp.)

Daffodils, Narcissus (Narcissus spp.)

Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Hyacinth (Hyacintus orientalis)

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.)

Lily (Lilium sp.)

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

Pothos, Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

Pointsettia (Euphrobia Pulcherrima)

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

Spanish Thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)

Tulip (Tulipa spp.)

Yew (Taxus spp.)

Click here for a printable list of cat/kitten 'Safe Plants & Toxic Plants'

New Kitten Supplies:

You should have the following supplies on hand at all times to provide your kitten with complete and proper care:

Food (I recommend the dry food, "LIFE'S ABUNDANCE", and "INSTINCTIVE CHOICE" canned)

Food & Water Bowls

NuVet Plus Feline Vitamins (To Order:  1-800-474-7044, mention referral code #7355077

Cat Carriet Crate With Comfortable Bedding

Litter Box Materials (Litter Pan, Litter Scooper, Litter Mat)

Bed (Comfortable & Washed Before It Is Used)

Scratching Post (or go nuts!  Invest In A Cat Condo or Cat Tree!)

I.D. Collar (A Safe Small 8-10 Inch Collar That Snaps Apart If The Kitten Gets Caught On Something)

Grooming Tools (De-Shedding Tool *Furminator*, and or a gentle brush)

Lots, and Lots of Toys...Especially feather teasers with bells or streamers!

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Date:  9/23/2011

Home Safe Home:

Even cats that spend most of their time indoors may be exposed to a number of potential hazards. The following article will help

keep your home safe and sound for your cat.

Be aware of the plants you have in your house and in your yard. The ingestion of a poisonous plant (click the link for a list of

poisonous plants) may be fatal. When cleaning your house, never allow your cat access to the area where cleaning agents are used

or stored. Some may only cause a mild stomach upset, while others could cause severe burns of the tongue, mouth, and stomach

and may even be fatal. When using rat or mouse baits, ant or roach traps, or snail and slug baits, place the products in areas that

are inaccessible to your cat. Most bait contains sweet-smelling, inert ingredients, such as jelly, peanut butter, and sugars, which

can be very attractive to a cat. Never give your cat any medications unless under the directions of a veterinarian. Many

medications that are used safely in humans can be deadly to a cat. Keep all prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs out of the

reach of your cat, preferably in closed cabinets. Pain-killers, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants, vitamins, and diet

pills are common examples of human medications that could be potentially lethal, even in small dosages.

Many common household items have been shown to be lethal in certain species. Miscellaneous items that are highly toxic even in

low quantities include pennies (high concentration of zinc), mothballs (contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene — one or two

balls can be life-threatening in most species), potpourri oils, fabric softener sheets, automatic dish detergents (contain cationic

detergents which could cause corrosive lesions), batteries (contain acids or alkali which can also cause corrosive lesions), homemade

play dough (contains high quantity of salt), winter heat source agents like hand or foot warmers (contain high levels of iron),

cigarettes, coffee grounds, and alcoholic drinks.

All automotive products, such as oil, gasoline, and antifreeze, should be stored properly. As little as one teaspoon of antifreeze

(ethylene glycol) can be deadly to a cat. Wash off any poisonous substance on your cat’s coat or skin before she licks it off and

poisons herself. Use cat-safe soap and warm water or give her a complete bath.

Before buying or using flea products on your cat or in your household, contact your veterinarian to discuss what types of flea

products are recommended for her. Read ALL information before using a product on your cat or in your home. Always follow label

instructions. Also, when using a fogger or a house spray, make sure to remove all pets from the area for the time period specified on

the container. If you are uncertain about the usage of any product, contact the manufacturer or your veterinarian to clarify the

directions BEFORE using the product.

When treating your lawn or garden with fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides, always keep your cat away from the area until the

area dries completely. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer whether using the product may be harmful to your cat.

Sharp objects such as knives and forks, paper clips, carpet tacks and pins should be kept out of a cat's reach.

Children's toys and small objects may attract a playful cat and become lodged in her mouth or swallowed. Although kittens are

sometimes pictured with a ball of yarn, if ingested, yarn as well as thread and twine could cause serious damage to the intestinal


Lead paint should be removed with extreme caution. Cleanup should be prompt and thorough. Other items containing lead

accessible to cats include lead-base paint, linoleum, and caulking compounds. Signs of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea or

constipation, loss of appetite, loss of muscle coordination, blindness and seizures.

Outside of the house, make sure your cat is clearly identified whether you use a collar and an identification tag or a more

permanent form of identification like tattooing.

A final thought if you have children in your home, many of the safety measures needed for pets are probably already in place.

**All information from this article was obtained  from the Purina website.

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Cat Carrier Training & Cat Carriers We Use &/Or Recommend:

Bring your new kitten home in  a cat carrier.  Cat carriers are a safe and familiar place for your kitten when you visit the veterinarian or travel, and can keep your curious excited little kitten out of trouble when outside of the home.  I like using soft sided carriers myself, but a hard sided carrier is perfectly fine too.  There is a pet carrier I like very much and that I highly recommend because it's sturdy yet soft and roomy, my kittens actually sleep in it so that they get used to being inside of a carrier:  It is called FRiEQ, and it can be bought on Amazon, or possibly through other various online pet supply retailers.  It does have to be assembled, but it comes with instructions on how to do that.  The black one is the one I have because it holds multiple kittens comfortably, and holds a large cat with plenty of room.  There is a smaller one that is gray that the last time I saw was sold on, and that is suited for a single kitten/cat.  The gray one is more compact but that is okay if you just have the one kitten/cat.  Honestly, any soft or hard sided pet carrier will do, this just happens to be the one we like most and that our kittens actually get transported in and even sleep in.

Black (Large) Cat Carrier "FRiEQ" Photo CLICK HERE:

Gray (Small) Cat Carrier "Pet Magasin" Photo CLICK HERE:

Litter Box Training & Litter Box System We Use:

You can help your kitten to understand what is expected of him/her by placing it in the litter box after a feeding.  Kittens do not need a full-sized jumbo litter box, a normal average sized one works perfectly fine (covered for more privacy and to contain cat litter and poop).  However when they grow up they may need a larger litterbox, espeially if they are to share the litterbox with another cat.  The rule of thumb is to have one litterbox per cat, and to avoid accidents outside of the litterbox or fights between the cats over the 'one' litterbox.  If your home is fairly large and has many floors, you should have a litterbox per floor per cat to avoid accidents.  We use shallow litter pans when the kittens are 4-8 weeks old.  After 8 weeks old, they graduate to a larger litter box.  I use Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan (Jumbo) with a flip front top so that I don't have to remove the hood entirely to scoop the litter.  I do remove all the plastic swinging flip doors from my litterboxes so that the cats will not get confused about whether or not they will enter the litterbox.We have purchased this litter box in Grey, but they also have another that is black and white, we have both color styles.  I've fround these litterboxes at Petsmart, Petclub, and on Amazon &  You can use whatever litterbox you want, however, if you want better success then use a litterbox that is similar to the one the kittens are used can always change it out in the future for a different system or preferred design.

These other litterboxes are a favorite!  But, I can no longer find then for sale as easily as I could a year ago.  If you find one of these, get them...they are excellent!

Natures Miracle Black & White Litter Box Photo CLICK HERE

Natures Miracle Gray Litter Box Photo CLICK HERE

Natures Miracle Gray Litter Box Flip Lid Photo CLICK HERE

Litter Box Training Tips Including Cat Litters We Use, Litter Scoopers and Litter Mats:   

Watch your kitten closely.  When he/she begins nosing around in corners or squatting, place her in the litter box.  Gently scratch the kitten's front paws in the litter, so that it begins to learn that this is the place to deposit and bury waste.  Sometimes you will hear a kitten cry when it's on or around your litter box, this is an anxious response because it really needs to 'go' but it's a brand new litter box, new home, and thus your kitten may be expressing worry.  This is normal and your kitten will get over it.  It's like if you moved to a new home separated by your siblings, and parents, and moved into a home with new people and needed to 'go' in a new bathroom.  The toilet is the same, but the room is different and the smell is different to you.  Eventually you get comfortable enough to enjoy 'going' again.  It's like that for your new kitten.  If your kitten has an accident, don't get upset, noboddy is perfect, we all make mistakes.  Just wipe it up as best you can with a paper towel, and place the paper towel or poop pieces in the litter box.  Then place the kitten in the litter box and repeat the process of scratching the cat litter with her front paws.  DO NOT punish your little kitten for making a mistake and having an innocent litter box accident.  This won't help it to learn to use the litter box, it will only teach him/her not to eliminate in front of you, and to also fear and dislike you.  When your kitten begins to understand, don't take her good behavior for granted. Continue to praiser her for using the litter box successfully.  You can even introduce some savory treats and give them to her everytime she does the right thing and when she uses her litterbox perfectly.  My kittens do leave litterbox trained, but they can make a mistake if we don't set them up for success to begin with.  Keep the kitten in a small room (i.e. bedroom, bathroom, etc.) for the first few weeks with it's litter box, food/water, bed and some toys.  Your kitten will use the litter box, put its scent on it and then when you move it to it's permanent location she/he will be able to easily find it.  BIG NOTE:  Make sure your kitten stays in that same small room for the first few weeks, then open the door and let the kitten explore the rest of the home.  Once you trust your kitten to explore the home unsupervised, and he/she has a pretty good lay of the land, move the litterbox to it's permanent location and show your kitten you've moved it to that location until he/she starts using it in it's new location.  Some people have great success with having the same litter box, same cat litter, same litter mat put in the permanent location(s) around the house so that when the kitten explores the home, it sees them and uses them, and is more comfortable exploring and using the litter box properly.  

Now, for the Cat Litter brand(s) we use/recommend, firstly, we use clay based cat litter.  The brands I use depending on availability (because they are so incredibly similar) are:

1.  Dr. Elsys Cat Litter (you can buy either the red bag, or the blue bag which is for multiple cats)

2.  Natures Miracle Clumping Litter Photo CLICK HERE

3.  Frisco Cat Litter Photo CLICK HERE

Anyone of those brands will work fine with your kitten.  They are so similar!  The important part is that they are low dust, clay based, medium grain, and feel the same to their little paws, as well as look the same to their cute little blue eyes.  You start running into problems when you try to switch them to pellet litter, or to newspaper shreds, or to those eco friendly corn/wheat/pine litters they sell at the pet store.  Switching over to something more eco friendly is possible, but you want to do it G-R-A-D-U-A-L-L-Y, and over time so as to not stress, confuse, or set up your kitten for litter boxing failure.  I know a lot of people care about the environment, and want to use natural/eco friendly products, but remember, clay is a natural product as it is sourced from the earth too.  The clay litter sold in the USA is sourced from the USA by being mined from large clay pits where it get's shipped to production plants, it get's crushed up, dried in kilns, and then crushed again to form it into litter grains.  Whatever you decide, just remember to change the cat litter after your cat has fully acclimated to his/her new home, and do it gradually...slow and steady is the key!  There are undoubtedly some youtube videos out there that explain how to transition a cat from clay clumping litter to pellets, watch them before you start to avoid any mistakes.   

Litter Scoopers are important too as well as Litter Mats (to collect litter that falls off the cats paws as it exits the litterbox).  I've found that plastic litter scoopers break easily over time and can be hard to clean too.  If you can find a scoper that is made of metal with a long comfy rubber handle, then you've hit the jackpot!  Metal (Steel) scoopers  last a very long time and are usually easy to clean.  

Here's a litter Scooper we are big fans of:  

Frisco Long Handle Litter Scooper for a photo CLICK HERE, and HERE for a link on where you can purchase it.  There are also short handled scoopers that you can buy in most any pet store, they work too, but we prefer those long handles so we don't have to bend down so much and so that we aren't so close to the litter mess when we scoop.  We keep the litter handle stored in a plastic storage box, but you can keep them stored in a ziploc bag (no, it won't all fit in there, but the messy scoop part will, if you use the ziploc to store it, remember to keep it away from the kittens so they don't chew on the plastic and get sick.  You can put it in a drawer, or in a high, hard to reach location where they can't get to it.  

Now, for Litter Mats.  Some people like using those to contain litter and keep their floors tidier, and some people don't because they have a carpet, or don't think they need one to begin with.  I like them and use them because I hate stepping on cat litter debris, and then having to clean it off my feet and this creates the need for me to sweep up the litter box areas more often, ugh, more housework.  I use an easy to clean rubber litter mat that helps keep the litter box in place, and collects the errant, yucky litter grains.  Some kittens like to chew up their litter mat, this one is super tough and they cannot easily destroy it nor ingest pieces of it and get sick.  I buy mine on amazon, but also sells them.  Do not expect to find this particular mat at a pet store, i've yet to find it there...what I do find at the pet stores are soft rubber ones that kittens chew up, can easily ingest, and then get themselves sick.  No thank you!  They also have the ones that look like bath mats, and I don't like that I have to wash them often (in the washing machine/dryer), and then they start to fall apart after a few washes.  That's like flushing money down the drain.  Plus, the kittens can also end up chewing them up and ingesting parts of it, and that is dangerous in my opinion.  

Here is a photo of the litter mat CLICK HERE.  And here is a link where you can buy it from, but remember you can also buy it on  

You can wash the litter mat as needed with a pet safe disinfectant spray, then rinse it, dry it, and put it under the litter box for continued use.

Grooming Your New Kitten Including Nail Trimming:

Brushing The Coat:  It is important to make your kitten feel comfortable about grooming from an early age.  Look into his/her eyes, ears, nose and mouth regularly and clean them up with q-tips, a washcloth or a pet baby wipe.  Look at her paws to prepare her for claw trimming when he/she needs it.  Brush or comb your kitten regularly (using an anti-matting comb, or a furminator which can be found on or at most pet stores).  

Sponge Bath:  It is okay to give your kitten a 'wipe down' with a damp clean wash cloth.  When cleaniung them with a damp wash cloth start with the face first, then the ears inside and out, then the neck, and work your way down the cats body paying special close attention the paws, and the 'butt/genital' area last.  Keep a bucket handy with clean soapy water (cat shampoo) to keep dipping the wash cloth in and wringing it again to make it damp, as you focus on new body areas (face, feet, 'butt/genitals", back, etc).  Remember you are giving your kitty a spongebath as opposed to an actual bath which can remove needed body oils that keep the skin moisturized and prevent flaking, dry skin, itchy skin, hair loss.  

Cat Bath:  If your kitty gets very filthy by going out into the mud or the dirt, or if it is very dirty from whatever source, of course giving kitty a bath will be necessary.  I recommend the bucket technique.  Here is a YouTube video on how to bathe a cat properly (CLICK HERE).  Try to look for a shampoo that has 'jojoba' as an ingredient, because this is an oily substsance that replenishes the moisture to the kitty's skin.  After washing or bathing, dry your kitten with a dry soft towel, not a blowdryer.  If you live in a cold climate, or if it is winter, then of course a blow dryer on the low to medium heat setting will be fine.  Turn up the heat in your home after bathing a cat in the winter if the temperature is very cold to avoid shaking, or even illness.  

Furminator De-Shedding Brush:  I use the furminator grooming brush, the purple one is the best sized one for a kitten, or a short haired Siamese.  The Yellow one is best for an adult long haired cat, like a Balinese.  I have purple and yellow sizes that I use on my cats.  Furminator grooming brushes are color sized (purple is the smallest, then yellow, and then all kinds of other colors for dogs), so use discretion when shopping online.  These brushes are found online, and at most pet store retailers like PetsMart, PetClub, etc.

Nail Clipping/Trimming/Filing:  I clip our cats nails regularly because for one, they need to be desensitized to this process if we want to keep our furniture, drapes, crutains, bedding in good condition.  I also clip their nails down because I have children and I don't want them to get a bad scratch.  I use regular, basic cat nail clippers.  Heres a link for an example of a very basic pair of cat nail clippers from   Be sure to watch some youtube videos on how to clip your kittens nails before you start.  If you want the best chance for success in cat nail trimming/filing, then you must accomplish the following phases first before you start cutting away or filing down those sharp little cat nails:

IMPORTANT:   Before we start, guys, you need to get your kitten to trust you, and to be comfortable with you doing the following:

Phase One: Being held by you in your arms.  Sit down when you do this so they are less nervous.  

Phase Two:  Being held by you on your lap.  Pet them, and massage their shoulders, behind the ears, chin, head.  They should enjoy lap time.

Phase Three: Touching and stroking the arms.  If the kitten pulls away, that's okay, go back to the previous phase and then try this phase again.  Your kitten needs to know and trust that you aren't trying to tear their arms away from their body, ha ha!    

Phase Four: Having their paws held by you in your hands.  If the kitten pulls away, that's okay, go back to the previous phase and then try this phase again.  Your kittens paws are highly sensitive, and holding their paws involves a certain kind of vulnerability from your kitty.  It's like when you meet a new person that you want to get close to, you have to work your way to holding their hand.  

Phase Five:  Having you touch their toes.  Whoa!  This is a new sensation for them to share with you.  They don't know your intention behind it, and they might feel ticklish, keep at it unless the kitten pulls away, if it does, go back to the last phase and then try this phase again.  

Phase Six:  GENTLY Squeeze their cute little toes to expose (retract) their sharp little nails.  This is the part where they might wonder if you admire their beautiful unmanicured nails as much as they do.  Just check them out and inspect them patiently as your kitten allows.  Look at the pink part (called the 'quick'), and remember that there are many nerve endings there, and blood as well.  There's also the sharp tip, it's usually white or slightly yellow, that will be the part you want to clip off, but don't do it yet, that's the next step!  Let your kitten watch you admiring their nails without doing anything to them yet.  This helps them lower their guard.    

Phase Seven:  Take your nail clippers and quickly, and carefully clip off just the very tip of one of the nails.  If your kitten is okay with that action, then move on to the next nail, and keep going unless your kitten protests!  If your kitten protests, put the clippers down, and pet him/her, and then go back to touching their toes, and then when the kitten is relaxed again, pick up where you left off.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CLIP EVERY SINGLE NAIL AT ONE TIME, patience young padawan, patience...just go with your kittens flow, remembering that you can always come back to it when their mood is settled after your initial clipping.  Remember to reward your little one with their favorite cat treat after completing each phase so that they associate nail grooming with pleasure (treats are one of the many pleasures your kitty will enjoy in life).

Phase Eight:  Praise your kitten with words of affirmation, and give him/her a treat when they allow you to clip their nails, and don't forget a nice chin rub too, for the kitten, and for you too.  You did a great job, and you should be very pleasee with your efforts to take good care of your new fur kid.

I am linking a youtube video below to visually show you a great process on desensitizing your kitten to nail clipping following the above mentioned protocol.  It is a process, but you can do it with patience, proper education and gentleness.

1.  Here is my favorite video on how to get your kittten/cat to trust you to trim their nails (YouTube Video), CLICK HERE.

2.  Some people are fearful when it comes to nail clipping because they don't want to hurt their kitten or they have tried and failed and their confidence in nail clipping falters.  For those of you who don't have the confidence to clip a kittens nails, theres the option to file their nails down.  It involves following the above phases, except for Phase Seven, where you modify it by using a PediPaws nail filer.  You will want to get them used to the sound of the nail filing device being on, yes you will waste batteries, but it's important for your kitten to not be intimidated by the buzzing sound the device emits when turned on.  When you get your kitten used to the above Phases 1-6, and used to the buzzing sound of the PediPaws device, then start Phase 7, just modify it to filing down the nail tip, not clipping it off like you would do with traditional nail clippers.  

-YouTube Video On The PediPaws System:  CLICK HERE

-YouTube Video On A Person Using The PediPaws System On Her Cat:  CLICK HERE

You can buy the PediPaws wand online and I think Bed Bath & Beyond still carries it too.  Don't forget the batteries!  


Kittens can benefit from a different kind of diet than adult cats, as their stomachs are smaller and their nutritional needs somewhat different.  Feed your kitten a food that is specially designed to meet his/her nutritional requirements.  Feed your kitten in small amounts, several times a day if using a commercial diet.  OR allow her to graze freely throughout the day if you are feeding him/her a holistic diet (i.e. Life's Abundance), or a high protein diet.  Read your kittens food labels carefully when choosing a commercial diet!  Cats are carnivors, and do not benefit nutritionally from any grains, or carbohydrates, or fruits or vegetables!  Kittens and cats need both dry kibble, and wet canned food.  Wet canned food should be high in protein (check the guranteed analysis to be at least 12% in crude protein). Instinctive Choice which is part of the 'lifes abundance' holistic formula is a great wet canned food which has two different kinds of Omega fatty acids!  This oil is wonderful for keeping the skin moisturized, and keeping the cats hair shiny/glossy.  Remember, cats in the wild eat fresh prey (mice, rodents, birds, etc.), So feeding them a diet as high in protein and fatty oils is the closes when choosing a manufactured diet.  Some people go for feeding them 'raw' diets (like ground poultry and beef).  Instinctive choice contains chicken, turkey, and shrimp which are creatures that a domestic cat can eat in the wild, and most importantly that their digestive system can properly digest and derive nutrition from.  

I feed them the Life's Abundance regular formula and the grain free formula, I mix them together 50/50 and serve it to them that way in a gravity feeder bowl since I free feed.  Look for a gravity feeder (should have the capacity to contain between 3-6 lbs. of kibble) that is sturdy, and well reviewed.  I use a few brands of gravity feeders, and gravity waterers.

Here is the one I like most from Amazon: Gravity Feeder (6 lb capacity) & Waterer (1 Gallon):  CLICK HERE

Remember that wet canned food cannot be put in a gravfity feeder or waterer.  Canned food should be served in a shallow saucer and cleaned between feedings.  I recommend cleaning your gravity feeder or waterer in between refills.  Follow the manufactuerers recommendations for cleaning.  Also, a pet food mat with edges is highly recommended to prevent the cat from tipping the systems over and wasting food/water.  Here is a link to a cat feeding mat I use and recommend CLICK HERE.

Treats:  I feed the treats from Life's Abundance, they are the gourmet treats for healthy coats, and the dehydrated turkey hearts.  They smell kind of gross, but the cats love them, and they are healthy in moderation.  Be careful to wash your hands if you handle the turkey heart treats.  I also use Churu cat treats that are in a tube.  They are cat crack!  They love them!  

Vitamins:  I supplement the kittens with NuVet plus, I add it to canned food as that's what is easiest for me.  You can pre-mix it into the kibble and feed it that way.  Be sure to folllow the proper mixing instructions.  I'll give you a copy of the mixing instructions in your appointment reminder email the week before you pick up your kitten from me.  

I also supplment them with probiotics.  I use FortiFlora by purina in the canned food from time to time, and I add 1 Tbsp. of  d.e.s. Health Guard liquid probiotic to their 1 gallon of water gravity waterers.  For those who don't use the gravity waterers, you can buy a gallon of purified water from the grocery store, pour out a little bit, and then add the 1 Tbsp. of the d.e.s. Health Guard liquid probiotic to the gallon.  Use that gallon to refill their water bowl as needed.  Since we are talking about water, remember to not be so quick to give your kittens tap water!  If you drink from the tap, then it's okay...but if you drink filtered, then they should have filtered too.  Whatever your preferred water source or brand, that ought to be your best friends water source too.  People are afraid of drinking tap water because of the impurities and heavy metals,  they fear illnesses including cancer...remember, cat's and dogs get cancer too, so reduce the risk by giving them clean filtered/purified water instead of tap water.      


The most desirable age to adopt a kitten is between 8 and 12 weeks of age. Kittens obtained after 12 weeks may be more
difficult to train or manage.  The exception would be if the kitten or cat comes from a breeder or foster home that gives them the ‘home’ feel and training, as well as human-to-cat early socialization.. The experiences of kittens during their first few months of life are important in helping to shape their temperaments and personalities as adults. Your kitten will need time to adjust to her new environment, and understanding this is the first step in getting off to a positive start. Place your kitten in a small, quiet place, (preferably your bedroom, or a spare bedroom) with food and a litter box. As she becomes more comfortable, you can gradually allow her access to other rooms in the house. Talk quietly to your kitten and gently pet her. Set a regular time and place for feeding your kitten if you are feeding a commercial diet, otherwise if the kitten is on “Life’s Abundance” then she can be free fed (allowed to graze on dry kibble daily). A kitten separated from her litter-mates and deprived of play activity may demonstrate some behavior problems in later life. Play helps introduce her to her environment and is very important in her behavioral development. Stalking and pouncing on imaginary prey aids in a kitten's neural and muscular development. Your kitten’s socialization can be enhanced by frequent petting and handling, as studies show that petting a young kitten can make her more responsive as an adult cat. Exposing kittens to as many people as possible is important in helping to lessen their fear of strangers as adult cats. Kittens should also be introduced to children. Show children how to pet the kitten. A kitten not socialized with children may reject or even bite them after she has matured.  Our kittens are raised in our home with our children, so they are introduced to them from birth.  Always talk to your child about proper kitty play, and interaction.  There are great books available out there that show children through illustrated images the proper way to handle, play, and care for their cat.  Here are some good ones:  “How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? By:  Jane Yolen, “All about cats and kittens’, by Emily Neye, as well as many articles online that help you teach your children proper cat or kitten handling/interaction.  

Introducing Your New Kitten to Other Pets
Keep your kitten confined to one room of the house for the first two weeks, giving your other pet(s) a chance to grow
accustomed to her smell.  When you bring a new kitten home make sure you get a dry dish towel or washcloth that is clean, and rub it all over your kitten's body to get her scent transferred onto it as well as any loose hair.  Then take that dish towel or washcloth and fold it under your current pets food and water bowl.  Your pet will smell the kitten every time it goes to eat, and will become accustomed to the scent (refresh the wash cloth every few days to keep the scent strong).  Do the same with your adult cat or other pets, take a separate wash cloth rub it all over their bodies catching the scent and loose hair, and place it under your new kittens food/water bowls.  This will also get your new kitten used to the other pets scent.  Make the first introduction short and sweet, removing the kitten after a few minutes.  When they first meet make sure that there are no distractions, and that you are allow the kitten to smell the other pets bottom (weird, but it works) and then let your older pet smell the kittens bottom.  Pet the kitten and then pet the other pets face to transfer the scent, and vice versa when they are first introduced. Cats and dogs recognize each other’s species, genders, and moods by each others scents, especially the bottom part areas (anus/genitals).  Most pets will work things out in their own way, which may take about a week  If your pets are having more difficulty adjusting, supervise their time together and be patient. Offer both pets a place to go when they want to be alone. Introducing a new kitten to an older animal can be very stressful on the older animal. Lavish most of your attention on the older animal, not the kitten as much especially in front of the other cat, making sure that the old-timer doesn't feel threatened or jealous by the newcomer.  After the older pet accepts and bonds with the kitten, then go ahead and make your love known and public for the kitten in front of the other pets.  

Holding and Carrying
Place one hand under your kitten’s chest and use your other hand to support the rear. Gently lift the kitten into the crook of your arm.  Hold them like you would a baby, except this one will have claws, so holding them carefully and gently will reassure the kitten that it is not in danger, nor will it be dropped by you.  Your kitten has to trust you, so make sure that you never drop or throw your kitten even when playing.  

Your new kitten will sleep up to 16 hours a day. Establish a sleeping place for her right away, but think twice before you
make that spot your bed. Once she gets comfortable, your kitten may sleep there for the rest of her life.  Some people are totally okay with that (I'm 'some people', ha ha), but if that's not you, that's okay, no judgement here.  At the end of the day, your cat will nap where she or he feels safest and most comfortable.  We use cocoon beds, plush rectangle beds, kitten play  rugs, and travel crates with towels inside to give the kittens options for sleeping.  Sometimes a kitten will just sleep on a cat tree or in a cubby in a cat condo.  Each cat is different.  

Playing & Toys:
It's not a good idea to use hands, fingers, feet or clothing when playing with a kitten, as your cute little kitten will eventually grow into a healthy-sized cat and you do not want to encourage aggressive behavior. Providing appropriate toys for exercising her natural predatory instincts of pouncing, stalking and chasing will ensure she has a safe and healthy outlet for these behaviors. Do not use toys that are too heavy for the kitten to move or that are small enough to be swallowed.  

I'm going to include a list of the toys I use:

1.  Feather Teasers (do not leave toys with feathers unattended with your kitten, they can tear out the feathers and ingest them and get sick or require surgery).  Put the feather teasers or toys away where they can't reach them when not in use.  

2.  Rainbow Cat Dancer (do not leave unattended with your kitten/cat, they could chew a piece off and ingest it and get sick/require surgery).

3.  Crinkle balls, balls with bells inside.

4.  Ball and track toys, there's so many, i've used a bunch over the years.  I use the plastic ones because they are easier to clean.  

5.  Mice Toys, just watch if they destroy it and fluff comes out.  If the fluff comes out, sow the toy up or toss it.  

I do a lot of my cat toy shopping online and at the local pet store, wherever I can get a good deal.  

BIG TIP:  During the holidays they have bulk variety toys you can purchase as a gift for your cat.  I buy them all out afte holidays because they are such a great value (they mark them down quite a bit) and my cats and kittens go through them like you wouldn't believe!  

Scratching Post
A scratching post is an excellent investment for your new kitten. It will allow your kitten to scratch, stretch and exercise all
at once.  Buying a cat tree with many levels and sisal rope will keep your kitten entertained for hours.  Invest in a good sturdy high quality cat tree that is both pleasing aesthetically to your eyes, and complimentary to your home decor.  Place it in an area with windows or natural light for best long term results.

I have multiple cat trees, cat condos including a very modern, chic Lotus Cat Tower by Refined Feline (I have one in mahogany).  The taller the tree, the better.  Look out for cat trees with sisal rope, it's what they need to file their own nails down.  My kittens are used to climbing cat trees becuase we have them in our kitten playrooms.  Invest in at least one, your kitten friend will thank you.  >^..^<