How to Care for Your New Kitten

Regular Grooming is Essential

Keep in mind that Persian cats, especially Chinchilla Persians, are high-maintenance due to their unique coats. These elegant and dignified animals require consistent grooming. Owners should be prepared for regular combing and brushing, as well as occasional bathing, to maintain the luxurious quality of their pet’s coat.

If you can come, during your personal visit, we will discuss in detail all aspects of caring for your new kitten. Actively participating in your kitten’s grooming not only is enjoyable but also strengthens the bond with your new family member. Our kittens are trained in grooming and care procedures from an early age, which may reduce the need for professional grooming services.

Combing and brushing. Regular, gentle, and thorough combing and brushing are essential. Ideally, daily grooming is best, but at a minimum, grooming once a week is necessary. Regular bathing is also important to maintain both the health and beauty of their coat.

Investing in high-quality grooming tools is crucial for the care of your cat. Take this brush, for example – it’s excellent for collecting your kitty’s loose hair. Not only is it effective, but it’s also easy to clean, which can make your grooming routine more efficient and enjoyable.

 Regular combing of your kitty’s coat with a long-toothed metal comb is essential for proper care. For optimal results, it’s recommended to comb the hair in various directions, including against the grain of the hair growth. This approach ensures a thorough grooming process, covering all areas without missing any spots. Remember to always comb gently to maintain your kitty’s comfort during grooming.

Transform combing and brushing into quality time with your kitty, making these routine procedures a delightful aspect of your interactions. Aim to create a pleasant and bonding experience during each grooming session with your lovely kitty.

Trim Your Kitten’s Nails. Knowing how to cut your kitten’s nails not only protects you from scratches, it can provide comfort for your cat.  Before you attempt to trim, spend time making your kitten comfortable with the presence of your hands on their paws. When you’re ready, begin by gently squeezing the top of each digit. This will expose the nail. Approaching from the side, trim a small portion of the nail.  

Important: make sure you avoid cutting the quick, the vein that runs through part of the nail (it’s usually pink and you can see it through the sides of the nail). If you accidentally cut the quick, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding. Unless your kitten is relaxed during nail-trimming, it may take you a few sessions to finish the process.   

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.

Wahl Canada Cat Oatmeal Shampoo, Helps Soothe Dry, Itchy, Irritated Skin While Reducing Shedding Leaving a Healthy Coat, Cat Shampoo, Plant Derived, Paraben Free.

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 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. 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.

Your Kitten Nutritional Requirements

Our Kitten Kit

Kitten food is different from cat food in many ways. The dry kibble itself is smaller so it’s easier for tiny, adorable mouths to eat.  

The nutritional content is also different. Kittens have different nutritional requirements than adult cats because they have more energy and are also growing and developing at rapid rates.  

Should Kittens Drink Milk?

From birth to three to four weeks of age, kittens need their mother’s milk (or a milk replacement). That satisfies all their nutritional needs during that time.  

Once a kitten is weaned from milk at six to eight weeks, she should get all her nutrition from kitten food. Cows’ milk, goats’ milk and other sources of dairy alone are not complete and balanced and should not be given to kittens.  

Purina Pro Plan Development Chicken & Rice dry kitten food

Give your kitten the nutrition she needs to get a great start in life with Purina Pro Plan Development Chicken & Rice dry kitten food. This recipe features high-quality protein, including real chicken as the #1 ingredient, and every high-quality ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose.

Every serving in this kitten formula delivers DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, to help nourish her brain and vision development. Calcium, phosphorus and other minerals help build strong teeth and bones, and this kitten formula is rich in antioxidants to help support her developing immune system.

Formulated for kittens up to 1 year of age, this super-premium kitten food provides 100% complete and balanced nutrition to support her overall health and wellness.

Purina Pro Plan Wet Kitten Food, Development, Chicken & Liver Entrée

Give Your Cat what they need to excel. Purina Pro Plan development has specialized formulas to help meet your cat’s unique nutritional need.

Pro Plan development Kitten Chicken & Liver Entree Classic is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for growth of kittens.

It is recommended that only food with the AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) certification is purchased. Usually, this information is very easily seen on the food label. AAFCO is an organization that oversees the entire pet food industry. It does not endorse any particular food, but it indicates if the food has met the minimum requirements for nutrition, which are set by the industry. Most of the commercial pet foods have the AAFCO label.

Purina Pro Plan FortiFlora

Promotes Normal Intestinal Microflora. Help promote your adult cat or kitten’s intestinal health and balance with Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements FortiFlora Powdererd Feline Probiotic Supplement.

Supports a Healthy Immune System. FortiFlora for cats probiotics supplement is an easy-to-administer probiotic powder that promotes a healthy immune system and helps reduce gas.

Contains Guaranteed Amounts of Live Active Cultures. When fed with your adult cat or kitten’s food, FortiFlora supports digestive health. Each packet contains a guaranteed level of live active cultures.

Bene-Bac Plus Probiotic Pet Gel 15g Each X 3 Syringes

PetAg Bene-Bac Plus Pet Gels are recommended to insure your pet’s normal digestion any time your pet may experience stresses from changing nutritional or environmental conditions. Every Bene-Bac Pet Gel multi-dose syringe contains 15 grams of gel providing a concentration of seven beneficial live-culture probiotic digestive bacteria.

Bene-Bac Gel probiotics are fat encapsulated to insure maximum survivability through the stomach acids of the digestive tract to reach the intestines. Great for breeders or average pet owners, Bene-Bac Pet Gel syringes insure you have the probiotics you need when you need them.

Use the easy to use dial-a-dose syringe to give the indicated dose when a new pet arrives home, when traveling (before departure and upon arrival), one to two hours after worming, and when dietary changes occur or as indicated by your veterinarian when pets are treated with antibiotics.

Provide your kitten with a good quality litter pan

Van Ness Corner Enclosed Cat Pan, Silver, Large

Space saving design fits in any corner of your room. Ideal for cat owners who want class leading odor control provided by a Van Ness enclosed litter pan and providing the added benefits of an odor door and replaceable Zeolite air filter. Eliminates litter scatter. Includes Hood. High polished finish that is odor and stain resistant and easy to clean.

Provide your kitten with a variety of toys

Suhaco Cat Toys Interactive 4 Level Track Ball Kitty Toy for Indoor Cats Self Play

Interesting Cat Toy – This tower cat toy consists of 4 layers, and with 3 different coloured balls that are located in the tracks. The spinning ball on the track stimulates the cat’s senses and hunting instinct.