Nutrition and Health
I decided to do a nutrition and health page to provide helpful information to all cat and kitten owners. This page will be about how important good nutrition and good health is for your new Furry-Purry Baby!
So you have your new little one home and I am sure you are excited to make sure that your new kitten receives the correct amount of nutrients in his or her diet. Having the correct amount of nutrients in your new kittens diet will insure healthy growth as well as development! Good nutrition will help your kitten grow and stay very active!
All food should contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, and of course vitamins and minerals. I would strongly recommend Royal Canin BabyCat/Kitten and Royal Canin Cat foods. Or a raw food diet know at the BARF Diet. http://www.touchmoon.com/dotters/raw/kitties.html
Now as for the protein, fat, carbohydrates, and of course vitamins and minerals they all play a very important role in nutrition. All protein, fat, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals must be provided in correct amounts in your cat or kittens diet.
Protein is needed more for growing cat and kittens and or very active cats and kittens. Protein is very vital for growth it also repairs damaged tissue and especially muscles.
Fat & Carbohydrates are great for healthy shinny looking coat and great healthy skin! But most importantly it is the most important source for energy!
Vitamins and Minerals are also very important for your cat or kitten but it should only be a small part of their diet. I do recommend being very careful with vitamins and minerals because to much can be harmful. Please ask your vet first before using any kind of vitamins or minerals.
As a breeder I make sure proper nutrition starts before my kittens are even born. All of my cats get a very good quality food (Royal Canin and some of the BARF Diet) this insures that the kittens growing inside of their Mom are getting great nutrition as well. This makes the kittens healthier and helps them to have a better immune system which makes them more resistant to disease. We can also expect a longer life span when our Furry-Purry Babies have the proper nutrition that is so vital to them.
Their is one thing that I think creates great health in itself...Exercise! Although it can be hard to exercise an indoor cat if you get he proper toys and try to spend at least 30 minutes a day of play time with them that should be sufficient. I recommends toys such as feather teasers, balls that make nose, anything that hangs down like tying sisal rope to a door knob and of course a good cat tree that they can climb all over is great too! Exercise also helps develop bones and joints and promotes good muscle tone!
As far as choosing a healthy kitten always make sure that the kitten isn't showing any signs of discharge from the eyes, ears and bottom. The coat should be in good condition and the eyes bright. The kitten should be active and alert it should not shy away.
Smaller kittens may look cute but they also may suffer from health problems. Very little kittens are more prone to getting broken legs because many kittens like to say under your feet.
Whenever going to visit your new Furry-Purry baby you should always see him or her with his Mommy. Kittens should be at least 10 weeks old before leaving their mother. Kittens as children learn from their mother physically, mentally, and about social interactions between animals and humans. Also seeing the kitten with the mother will also allow you to assess the temperament of the mother cat to see what your kitten may turn out like.
Staying with their mother for the first 10-12 weeks will decrease the likelihood of you having a cat with behavior problems such as nervousness, litter box problems, spraying, hiding, scratching the wrong things, and even depression. Also waiting until 10-12 weeks gives the breeder a chance to introduce the kitten to many people and animals as well as get them on their way with vaccinations and wormings.
Vaccines are very important you kitten will usually get his or her first vaccination around 8 weeks and then a second vaccine at 12 weeks. Some vets recommend boosters however this is not always necessary especially for an indoor cat.
Then their are worms most kittens should be de-wormed 3-4 times I usually worm around 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. Its always good to de-worm kittens no matter what, all vets recommend it. Their are different types of worms most common are round worms and tape worms.
Round Worms look like a thin piece of string and tape worms look like a grain of rice. I would never recommend getting a de wormer from market or pet store always get de wormer from a veterinarian. Worms are more serious then people think they can cause many problems like sever dehydration, emaciation, and even death if not treated for an extended period of time. Getting a stool sample yearly is very important for your cat or kittens health!
Now for litter box training their mothers teach them this, but kittens taken away too early from their mother may miss out on learning social and hygiene skills. This is why I recommend not taking your new kitten home until 10-12 weeks. Always ask the breeder what type of litter they are use to and switch the kitten over gradually this is very important. Keep the litter box low so that a kitten can get in it. Also make sure your cat or kittens litter box is far away from his or her food as cats are very clean animals and do not like to eat where they potty.
This is just some information on Nutrition and Health if you have any further questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone. PurrfectCattery@aol.com or 540-667-5550.