Grooming your kitten
Start brushing your kitten from day 1. If you get your kitten and play with it for 6 months then decide one day when he is matted up that now you need to start brushing it the cat will absolutely hate it and you. That doesn't even take into consideration that when a cat licks/grooms itself it swallows hair. Cats can not spit so they are swallowing that hair. If they swallow enough of it it can cause a major intestinal blockage that can end up killing the cat. 2-3 times a week we give the kittens what we call "The Business". This entails washing the kittens face and cleaning their ears and brushing them thoroughly. *Important Tip- Kittens LOVE to lay and play in their litter boxes so they get litter box dirt in their ears. When you go to the vet they can't tell if it is dirt or ear mites with out sending a sample out to a lab. CA-CHING Its best to clean the ears before you go to the vet so the vet has no reason to try to sell you an expensive bottle of ear mite medicine. Please enjoy our grooming video.
How to keep your kitten from biting you
This is an excellent video! It addresses everything you need to know EXCEPT one important reason your KITTEN could be biting. Hunger! If your kitten is going through a growth spurt and you are trying to measure out exact quantities because you don't want an obese cat you could be the problem. I always say; As A KITTEN it is better to have a chunky monkey than a skinny mini that bites. Your kitten may not be getting enough meat in their diet and is hungry. Remember your little Lion is a carnivore.
Bringing the New Cat Home
Introducing your new kitten to other pets
Letting the kitten stay in the bathroom and the established pet sniff them under the door is safe. Eventually when they are playing under the door it is time to let them meet. I recommend having the new kitten bond with you first; before the other pets. *Credit Daisley Siberians
You'll want to start this routine from a young age so that cat is not traumatized when you all of a sudden decide after 5 years of age that today is the day the cat gets a bath. **Left side of sink for washing and right side of sink for rinsing.**
Credit Daisley Siberians
Credit Daisley Siberians
Biggie getting his Blow out
Teaching your Kitten to play gently
Trimming Cat Nails
How to Keep the Cat from Scratching the Furniture
**HINT If you want the cat to like baths DO NOT spray them with a water bottle. Keep a Scratching post or Tree in several rooms. Cats like the Horizontal surfaces as well as the Vertical surfaces. Cheap cardboard scratchers work nicely as well.
How to Pill a Cat
How to get your cat into the carrier
I didn't think this was a common question until I had a few people in a row ask in short succession. Here are 2 videos showing different techniques for getting your cat into it's carrier. 1st video is a hard case. 2nd video soft sided.
This is just a small bit of the amazing videos Jackson Galaxy has on Youtube to help with cat behavior
Do you have a scaredy cat?
You did everything I told you to do BUT the kitten is still scared. Sometimes the transition can be really hard on a kitten or even a grown cat. Cats are very attached to their environments and they hate change with a passion. The way they were at my house with my schedule is not the same at yours. No matter how much you want to duplicate it; its just not possible to do everything exactly like I do it. The sights and sounds at my house are different that at your house. The food and water bowls at my house are in one place and at yours in another. This all plays a part. Watch this video for some excellent recommendations.