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Caring For Your New Kitten


Pet Magic wishes you the best on the purchase of your new feline friend and would like to thank you for the opportunity to help you with your newest family member.
 

Welcome Home

To make your cat as comfortable as it can be in a new environment, you should be well prepared. Below is a list of things you'll need:
• Clean bowls for food, water and wet food.
• A warm bed. This should be located in a warm, draught-free, quiet place.
• A litter tray and kitty litter. There is a huge range of litter types. Try a few different ones to see what suites you and your cat.
• A few simple toys. There is large range of toys.
• A scratching post. This will prevent your cat from scratching at the furniture or carpet.
• A collar. Even for indoor cats as it will help with indentification if your cat ever gets lost.

For the first few days, keep the Kitten in a quiet area of the house with all the necessities listed above within reach. Always allow your cat to have access to their bed as this is their 'safe place'. Don't over indulge the new kitten or cat until it has settled in as you do not want their first impression to be a fearful one. Keep this in mind with young children who may not realise how fragile a little kitten is.

Cats do live longer and are healthier when kept indoors. If you wish to eventually have an indoor/outdoor Cat, only introduce the outdoor environment once your cat is fully vaccinated. And only ever allow the cat outside during comfortable days, never at night. It is important to impose a curfew quickly into your cats routine.
 

Food

For the first week only feed your Kitten the Food that Pet Magic has provided you with. We recommended good quality biscuits such as HILLS SCIENCE DIET KITTEN Cat Food range. Kittens can be weaned on to Adult Cat Food at around 12 months of age. There are many benefits of the Hills Science Diet Cat Food. These include:
• Maintaining strong teeth and bones
• Provides a complete and balanced diet
• Defends against diseases
• Builds a strong immune system

Kittens have a large appetite as they grow very quickly and need maintained nutrition. It is important to have food available at all times to assist with this. With access to biscuits all the time, kittens should be given wet kitten food once a day. An adult cat should ideally be given wet food once a day, along with a constant supply of biscuits. Cats are unlikely to overeat. 

Kittens over 6 weeks do NOT need milk supplements. However, a constant supply of fresh water is essential.
 

A Family Cat

Cats are idolised for their free spirit and independence, hence they are not easily trained. To teach your cat their name use it every time you interact with them. Within a week your cat should start to responding, particularly when associated with food. If your cat is acting well behaved remember to praise and reward them. NEVER use negative punishment as cats don't respond well to this and it can lead to behavioural issues.

Cats love to play with a variety of cat toys such as interactive wands, pounce toys and chase toys. Pet Magic has a wide variety of cat toys available which you can supplement with empty tissue boxes and toilet rolls.

Cats are explorers and love to go for walks using one of the leashes and harnesses available at Pet Magic.
 

Toilet Training

Cats learn to use a litter tray from their mother. This makes toilet training easy as the instincts have already been imprinted. If your cat does not seem interested in the litter tray it will take time and patience to teach them. If you notice your cat wanting to toilet in an unsuitable area, pick them up and place them directly onto the tray and then praise them for toileting in the tray. If your cat has an accident, don't punish them.

Partial cleaning of the litter each day keeps the smell down really well. Once a week, clean the entire tray with dish washing liquid and leave to dry. This will keep odours away and the tray hygienic. Never let a pregnant woman clean the litter tray, as it can make the mother and unborn baby sick (a condition known as Toxoplasmosis).
 

Grooming

Cats need occasional grooming and a healthy Cat will groom themselves regularly. Long haired cats will require additional grooming including a daily brush to keep the fur healthy and clean.

Your cat's nails may need trimming occasionally using small animal nail clippers. These should be used very carefully.

You can bathe you cat occasionally using a good quality Cat Shampoo, but be prepared for lots of hesitation!
 

Health - 'Prevention is the Best Cure'

Cats can be sterilised from 5-6 months. There is an over-population of cats in Australia and every cat which is sterilised helps. There are is now State Legislation on cat ownership that sterilisation and registration will be mandatory in WA. Unsterilised females have a high probability of becoming pregnant, and may result in unwanted kittens. Unsterilised males will wander and can become aggressive and fight (spreading FIV). Sterilised cats are more affectionate, less aggressive and will not wander far from home. A sterilised cat will also live longer and have less health issues (such as fighting wounds and birthing complications).
 

Vacination

Cats should be vaccinated against the big 'four':
• Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE), an often fatal infection of the intestines.
• Feline Calcivirus (FCV), a very painful virus causing ulceration
• Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVR), or the cat flu
• Feline Chlamydia Virus (FeLV)
Vets will often also advice vaccination against:
• Feline Leukaemia
• Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
 

Flea and Heartworm Prevention

Cats can catch fleas and heartworm and a monthly treatment will prevent this. Cats are also vulnerable to ear mites, ticks and sarcoptic mange mites. All of these can be prevented by using a monthly treatment of Revolution®, Frontline® (only does Fleas) or any of the Advantage® range.
 

Intestinal Worms

To control roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm follow the schedule below.
• 6 weeks old
• 8 weeks old
• 10 weeks old
• 12 weeks old
• Then every 3 months for life.
There are many Cats all-wormer brands such as Drontol®, Profender® and Topitran®

For Worming, Vaccination and Flea Treatment dates please refer to your Kittens Vaccination certificate, provided during the sale.

Cats can fall sick quickly and can show no symptoms until the last minute. Frequently check your cat for weepy eyes, runny nose, flu symptoms and always watch for sudden changes in behaviour. A usually docile cat that acts excessively defensive may be sick. Check your cats body condition every day paying particular attention to the skin, eyes, ears and feet.