Kitten Handbook

What to expect… some of the characteristics of Persian Chinchilla cats and kittens

Our adult cats and kittens have gentle personality and easygoing disposition. Our kittens are extremely well socialized by the time they are ready to move to their forever homes. The following are just some of the characteristics from the feedback in relations to our kittens: ” the sweetest cat I have ever had”,  “gentle and loving”, “respond to us in a loving way”, “I couldn’t be more pleased with her”, “truly a delight in every way”…. and much more. Here is one of many testimonials from owners of our kittens we are receiving:

How do we tell you how perfect these kittens are? They are friendly, beautiful, smart – absolutely perfect in every way. They were shy for a few hours but then came out to play with my daughters. The fluffy one, Ophelia, is so chatty! She is braver and really really plays! Runs around chasing for awhile! The smaller more gray girl, Luna, is more timid and follows her sister but loves playing more so on her own and is great to watch. They sleep on top of each other and stick together. We are over joyed. We had a few visitors who can’t believe their beauty and how smart and good manners they have. My cousins and aunt and uncle are asking about your info for next litter! I didn’t think I would be in touch with you so soon but had to tell you already how great they are – and it’s still just the second day! ”

They mostly are friendly and affectionate to family members but some might be less trusting of guests they are not familiar with. However, many of our adoptive parents report our kittens as stranger-friendly cats getting along well with everyone. As all Persians, they prefer a quiet habitat to a loud one, and they fare better in a serene and stable environment. Persian kittens are a quiet breed that doesn’t vocalize often, and they prefer lounging to more athletic activities. They do have wonderful temperaments and are good with children!

As much as Persian kittens might enjoy their owners’ company they absolutely don’t mind spending some time alone as long as they are in a familiar territory. In fact, if their owners go on a trip, Persians generally prefer staying home with a pet sitter rather than moving to an unfamiliar place.

Our kittens are not only friendly companions, but also serve as home ornaments due to their exceptional beauty. Please not Persians are a slightly higher maintenance breed than most and do require grooming to keep them in tip top condition.We would like to walk you through some most important topics you cannot miss to talk about if you decide to get a new kitten from us.

Read more about about this wonderful breed: https://www.cwvet.co.uk/blog/2018/01/30/chinchilla-cat-guide/

Care for Your New Kitten. Recommended Products

Combing and Brushing. Their unique coats give Chinchilla Persians an elegant and dignified look but also require regular grooming. Persian cats and kittens are high-maintenance, and in addition to regular combing and brushing owners should be prepared to bathe their pets from time to time. That long, beautiful coat doesn’t stay clean and tangle-free on its own. It must be gently but thoroughly combed and brushed regularly, and even if we do not say “every day” but at least once a week, and regular bathing is a good idea.

Our cats are in between of medium and long-haired Persians with soft flowing coats that means their hair does not mat that bad as in long-haired Persians. Ours, being medium-haired do not  need daily attention with combing and brushing in order to avoid matting as it recommended to the long-haired Persians.

Good grooming tools are very important. As a sample of good brush to use on your kitty, there is one Wahl Grooming Brush available through Walmart. This dog grooming brush works really good in picking up your kitty’s loose hair. It is also easy to clean.

 Regular combing of your kitty’s coat with a good  long metal teeth comb is essential  in care for you kitty.  Comb your kitty’s hair throughout in different direction for best results. Do not hesitate to go against the hair growth – just make sure you do not miss a spot. Make combing and brushing time a good experience for your kitty as a quality time you devote to him or her.  Make this routine procedure a pleasant experience of your interaction with your lovely kitty. Wahl Grooming Comb available through Walmart does the job very well.

Bathing Your Kitty. Step by Step. Bathing your Persian Chinchilla is quite easy, and we recommend to do it at least every three months. Bathing is also a solution if hair is starting to mat or knot. While brushing and combing regularly, you will see for yourself when your kitty needs a good bath. If the hair become greasy and combing starting to be difficult, maybe it is time to wash your cat. Bathing is very helpful during the shedding season when your kitty noticeably loosing a lot of hair. After bathing, blow dry and brush & comb throughout in different directions to remove as much loose hair as you can. 

 There are many cat bathing techniques you can learn, but we prefer to bathe our cats and kittens in the sink. You can even put a container that fits in a sink and fill the container with water. Always use pet shampoo of good quality specially designed for cats. The one on the picture can be used as an example, and what we use for our cats and kittens – available through Walmart: Wahl Oatmeal Formula Oatmeal Shampoo Concentrate for Cats

  • Start with preparing the bath. Fill up one side of the sink with a soapy water of the cat shampoo. Make sure the water is really warm. Do not put shampoo on the cat but dissolve in water in the sink instead like you would do for dish washing.  It is very hard to rinse the cat if you put shampoo directly on the coat.
  • Place the cat in the sink of water, make sure water covers your cat up to the neck or lower to be on a safe side, or you can use some kind of cap to cover ears (it is very important that the water won’t get into ears).  Pour the soapy water over the cat and rub him to be cleaned. Better just avoid pouring any water over your kitty’s head. That would be the most uncomfortable part of washing, just try to avoid it.
  • Fill the other sink with clean water and move your kitty to the rinse water. If you only have one sink, just drain soapy water and pour fresh running water over your kitty. Always test the water temperature  with your hand first before pouring on your kitty. Rinse until you feel that shampoo is removed.
  • Squeeze out excess water from the coat while holding your kitty tight in the sink with water completely drained. Wrap your kitty with a bath towel. Keep your kitty very warm at all times. Dry with towel first as much moister as you can.
  • Blow-dry very carefully and be very gentle about that procedure not to scare your kitty.  Move the dryer not to leave it on the same spot to get hot. You can start with your blow dryer from the distance and on minimal speed.  Although, you can still use hand-held hair dryer, it is important to understand that while blowing the water off your kitty’s coat the dryer also drying the skin.  Do not use hot temperature regime on your kitty but nice and warm instead.  Take a break from drying, and brush the hair. Combine drying, brushing, and combing as you go. 

Eye Rinse for Cats

Eye Care. Our cats and kittens have beautiful eyes that also require some of your attention. Just wipe the corners of the eyes clean regularly to prevent under-eye stains from forming. Flush or rinse them with an approved eyewash such as NUTRI VET Eye Rinse Liquid for cats.

We recommend using NUTRI VET Eye Rinse Liquid for Cats, 4-Ounce by Nutri-Vet Wellness available trough the Pet Valu in Canada or Amazon:

NUTRI VET Eye Rinse Liquid for cats gently cleanses the eyes of your kitty and keep it healthy. Just follow the instruction on the bottle “For everyday use” for regular eye cleaning.

You can also use other approved eyewash such as Tomlyn Opticlear (Tomlyn Opticlear Eye Wash 4oz.)

Some over the counter eye drop can also be used on cats if  needed,  we suggest Systane Ultra Eye Drops, Lubricant, High Performance (.33fl oz 10 ml) . Do not use anything that says it gets the red out.

Scratching Control and Claw Trimming. By the age of 8 weeks-old our kittens are all very well cat tree and scratching post trained. They use scratching post instead of other furniture for sharpening their claws and for strengthening their legs.

Whisker City® Cat Tree is a decent piece of pet furniture that is very nice and serves many purposes. Your kitty will love not only playing on this play yard but will enjoy comfortable napping, and using scratching posts. Durable carpet encourages positive scratching behavior.  Besides, this exact piece of cat furniture our kittens love as they they get used to it in our home. Durable carpet encourages positive scratching behaviors, Gives your pet a place to play, lounge & Sleep

Kittens in our care. Their development since birth

This is really important to understand how fragile are kittens at the moment they are born, and how important is the care for new born babies and their mother so the kittens go to their new homes healthy, with stable temperament, and being well socialized.

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0 – 2 weeks: At birth, kittens’ eyes closed, ear canal closed, and they cannot even control body temperature themselves. Newborn kittens get their entire nutrition from their mother’s milk and completely dependable of their mother. The first milk is known as colostrum. It is produced for the first two days after birth and contains all kittens’ nutrition with antibodies from the mother to help provide immunity until kitten’s own immunity develops. Mother kitty produces approximately 125ml of milk per day. Kittens open their eyes between 8 and 10 days.

3 – 4 weeks: Kittens start walking during the third week and by 4 weeks of age can move some distance away from the nest. Weaning and litter training begins. Can control urge to go to cat litter tray, begins to dig cat litter and start training using it when needed. We use a low-sided litter box from about 4 weeks after the kittens are born.  It is initially safer to use wood- or paper-based types of cat litter, rather than clay especially clumping litter, as some kittens will try to bite into litter and can eat the litter.  Socialization begins at about this age and positive human contact is critical.  Start washing themselves and litter mates.

5 – 6 weeks: Start eating solid food but still nursing their mother. Begins actively playing with litter mates and use litter box regularly.

7-8 weeks: Start running and actively playing with litter mates.  At 8 weeks kittens are old enough to leave their mom and ready to go to their forever homes. Weight is about  2 lb

Kittens go through a critical learning phase between the ages of 2 to 7 weeks, called the sensitive period of socialization. During this time, kittens learn to accept contact with other species, such as dogs and humans, as well as unrelated cats.

Kittens who have not received regular friendly handling by humans during 2 – 7 weeks of age may remain uneasy with human contact all their lives. Source: http://catfriendly.com/

Weaning

2016-03-06-09-35-26-joyWeaning is the transition from mother’s milk to solid food. We start weaning of our little babies when they are about 4 weeks old.  We also start  litter box training at about the same time. A slow steady weaning lead to healthier kittens. Although our babies remain with their mother at the whole weaning process, being completely weaned, litter trained, and well socialized  by the age of eight weeks is our guarantee of smooth transition to new home.

Kittens should stay with their mother for at least 8 weeks from birth so they can get the full benefit of the mothers’ milk, which contains important antibodies. This is the rationale behind many regulations that prohibit the sale or adoption of animals under the age of 8 weeks. The mother cat’s milk not only provides all the protein, fat and vitamins a kitten needs to grow strong and healthy, but also the elements necessary to build a strong immune system. Mother’s milk contains colostrum, a nutrient-rich substance that carries with it all the immunity a healthy mother cat has built up. Normally, the colostrum phases out by about the third or fourth day of nursing. Full 8 weeks of nursing help kittens grow strong and healthy, benefiting from the natural antibodies and high nutrition delivered through nursing. Source:  http://pets.thenest.com/kittens-weaned-early-6887.html )

Most kittens are completely weaned by 6 to 8 weeks of age and should be fed according to their needs following the recommendations of the food manufacturer as a guide. For a newly weaned kitten, they should ideally be fed at least 4 times a day.

The commercial brand we start weaning with is Royal Canin® Feline Health Nutrition™ Mother & Babycat dry cat food https://www.royalcanin.com/products/royal-canin-feline-health-nutrition-mother-amp-babycat-dry-cat-food/2544

A very small kibble with a texture adapted to the 1st age kitten helps facilitate food intake and stimulate appetite.  We mix canned wet food of the same formula with dry food to ease the transition from mother’s milk to solid food.

This Royal Canin Mother & Babycat 34 Kitten Food helps promote the https://www.royalcanin.com/products/royal-canin-feline-health-nutrition-mother-amp-babycat-dry-cat-food/2544#sthash.Lw5WlsLy.dpufdevelopment of healthy digestive and immune systems, offers the complete nutrition a kitten needs during early stages of development. The food contains a specialized complex of antioxidants to help strengthen kitten’s immune system, as well as L-lysine and prebiotics to boost the production of antibodies. The ultrasoft, tiny kibble are ideal for kitten’s baby teeth, while the highly digestible formula is easy on his or her stomach.

We strongly recommend doing your homework and research about dietary options available for your growing kitten.  Good source of information to start from to learn about ingredients of commercial pet food: http://www.petfoodratings.org/nutrition/ingredient-analysis-of-dr-lisa-newman/

Deworming

Since intestinal parasites (eg, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms) are common in kittens, all kittens are treated with drugs to kill these parasites from 4 to 7 weeks of age. We deworm our kittens with total four doses of 1/2 ml STRONGID given to each kitten from 5 weeks of age one week apart. You will need to discuss further the deworming needs of your kitty directly with your vet after adopting from us. Deworming should become a part of your kitty annual routine visit to your vet.

Vaccination

At about 7 weeks of age, we vaccinate our kittens with first dose of Merial FVRCP PUREVAX™ Feline 4.

The vaccine we use on our kittens: PUREVAX FELINE 4 [Feline Rhinotracheitis-Calici-Panleukopenia (MLV) + Chlamydia psittaci (Attenuated)] is recommended for the vaccination of healthy cats 6 weeks of age and older for prevention of disease due to feline rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia viruses and as an aid in the reduction of disease due to Chlamydia psittaci.

After first dose of vaccine is given, kitten should be revaccinated every 3 to 4 weeks, and the last dose should be given at or over 12 weeks of age.

Meril FVRCP PUREVAX™ vaccines are designed for cats and kittens and deliver a robust, effective immune response without the need for adjuvants. An adjuvant is a substance that is added to a vaccine to increase the body’s immune response to the vaccine. Adjuvants have been associated with injection site reaction, injection site granuloma, and chronic inflammation in cats. PUREVAX feline vaccines are made without the use of adjuvants. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for PUREVAX vaccines, the only complete line of nonadjuvanted feline vaccines available.

The FVRCP vaccination is an important part of your cat’s routine for the lifetime. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

 Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and drooling. Your cat’s eyes may become crusted with mucous, and he or she may sleep much more and eat much less than normal. If left untreated this disease causes dehydration, starvation, and eventually, death.
 Calicivirus has similar symptoms, affecting the respiratory system and also causing ulcers in the mouth. It can result in pneumonia if left untreated—kittens and senior cats are especially vulnerable.
 Panleukopenia is also known as distemper and is easily spread from one cat to another. Distemper is so common that nearly all cats—regardless of breed or living conditions—will be exposed to it in their lifetime. It’s especially common in kittens who have not yet been vaccinated against it, and symptoms include fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. This disease progresses rapidly and requires immediate medical attention. Without intervention, a cat can die within 12 hours of contracting the disease.