Before you bring kitty home
✓ Food Dish
✓ Water Bowl
✓ Interactive Toys
✓ Brush+Comb+Cat Claw
✓ Safety Cat Collar w/ID Tag
✓ Scratching Post or Pad
✓ Litter Box + Litter
✓ Cat Carrier
✓ Cat Bed and/or Box with a
Snugly Clean Blanket or Towel
☆ Grapes, raisins, avocados
☆ Moldy/spoiled food
☆ Onions, garlic & chives
☆ Poultry bones
☆ Salt & salty foods
☆ Macadamia nuts
☆ Tomato leaves & stems
☆ Unripe fruit
☆ Yeast dough
☆ ANY human medications!
(only Vet prescribed meds)
ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435
For Cat Information:
Care of Kittens
- LITTER BOX
- ID = IDENTIFICATION
Veterinarian, Medicines + Poisons,
Vaccinations, Ear Mites, Fleas + Ticks,
Urinary Tract Disease, Internal Parasites.
- SPAY or NEUTER
- TRAVELING WITH YOUR CAT
- TOXIC FOODS (see sidebar)
- CAT SUPPLY CHECKLIST (see sidebar)
♡ Feed kittens 6 to 12 weeks old 4 times a day.
♡ Feed kittens 3 to 6 months old 3 times a day.
Dry Food: Feed your cat a commercial brand of dry food that meets nutritional requirements and provides a well-balanced diet. Kittens should be fed a commercial brand of kitten food. Fresh water should always be available at all times, and be sure to wash food and water dishes daily. Make sure all food dishes are bug and ant free!
Wet Food: Always use a nutritionally balanced canned food for your kitten. We prefer using canned food for our cats. And remember to throw away any uneaten canned food before it spoils.
Milk: Do not give cats cow's milk, because it can cause diarrhea.
Refusing Food or Not Eating Enough: Try soaking kitten food in kitten milk replacer or warm water. Gradually mix with her regular food. Monitor your cat's food intake carefully, as obesity can become an issue.
BEDDING and HOUSING
Their Own Space: Your cat should have its own clean, dry place in your home to sleep and rest. Line the bed with a blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often.
Indoor Cat: Please keep your cat indoors. Cats who are allowed outdoors can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car and get into fights with other free-roaming cats and dog
Placement: your cat's litter box needs to be in a quiet, accessible location, such as a bathroom or utility room. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day.
Multi-level Home: One box per floor is recommended. In a multi-cat home, each cat should have her own box.
Smelly/Messy Litter Box: Cats won't use a messy, smelly litter box, so remove solid waste at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with mild detergent and refill at least once a week. Don't use ammonia, deodorants or scents, especially lemon, when cleaning the litter box, because cats have a highly sensitive sense of smell.
Bath: Cats rarely need a bath, but you should brush or comb your kitty regularly. This helps to keep their coat clean, and reduces shedding and cuts down on hairballs.
Wounds: During your grooming sessions, check for wounds, hair loss and inflammation. Also, look out for ticks and feat dirt: black specs of dried blood left behind by fleas.
Pick up your cat by placing one hand behind her front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck or the front legs!
Safety Collar: Should your cat escape from the house or is allowed outdoors for brief periods (although we caution against it), your cat should wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel, or specially designed clasp, will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something like a bush or tree limb.
We recommend a permanent ID microchip to help secure your cat's return should it become lost or accidentally get out of the house.
All cats delight in stalking imaginary prey. The best toys for your kitty are those that can be made to jump and dance around and allow your kitty to pounce on them. Please do not use your hands or fingers as play objects with kittens, as this could lead to biting and scratching behaviors. It would be wise to avoid strings and toys with pieces that can break off and lodge in kitty's intestines. Playtime should be fun and safe!
All kitties need to scratch! When kitty scratches, the old outer nail sheath is pulled off and the sharp, smooth claws underneath are exposed. Cutting your cat's nails every 2 to 3 weeks will keep them blunt and less likely to harm you or your furniture. There are also nail tips available on the internet, and some people have success.
Scratching Post: We suggest you provide your kitty with a sturdy scratching post that is at least 3 feet high, which will allow kitty to stretch completely when scratching. It needs to be stable enough so that it won't wobble during use, and should be covered with rough material such as sisal, burlap, or tree bark. Some cats also like scratching pads. And a sprinkle of catnip on the post or pad once or twice a month will keep your cat interested.
Veterinarian: Your kitty should see a veterinarian for a full physical examination at least once a year. When you take this precaution, it can be determined if additional vaccinations or diagnostics tests are necessary. If kitty is sick or injured, please seek help immediately!
Medicines and Poisons: Never...EVER...give your cat medication that has not been prescribed by a veterinarian. Did you know that acetaminophen and aspirin can be fatal to a cat?!! Keep mouse/rat poison away from your cat.
Vaccinations: We can't stress this enough: Get Your Kitty Vaccinated! Your veterinarian will explain the different types of vaccinations your kitty should have, and here are a few you should know about: , and . When a kitten is around 6 to 8 weeks old, a veterinarian can begin to administer a series of vaccines at 3 or 4 week intervals until the kitten reaches 16 weeks of age. We have our rescue vet check all of our kittens that are available for adoption!
Ear Mites: Is a common problem that can be transmitted from cat to cat. So if your cat is constantly scratching at its ears or shaking its head, or if you see dark colored wax or debris in its ears, then it could very well be infested with ear mites. Please make an appointment with your veterinarian right away.
Fleas & Ticks: A flea infestation should be taken seriously! These tiny parasites feed off of your cat and can transmit tapeworms and irritate the skin of your kitty. We advise you check your cat regularly for fleas and ticks. If your cat is infested, you will also need to treat all pets in your household and get rid of the fleas in your home. Make certain that any product you use is safe for use on cats. It is a sad fact that many cats die each year from improper treatment with flea and tick control products. Check with your veterinarian first for the best flea control program for your pet and home.
Urinary Tract Disease: Both male and female cats can develop urinary tract disease. Signs of FLUTD include frequent trips to the litter box, blood in the urine, and crying out or straining when urinating. If your male cat looks "constipated" then he may have a urethral obstruction and can't urinate normally. Blockage, which is rare in females, can be fatal if not treated quickly. Please see your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat has FLUTD or a appears constipated.
Internal Parasites: Kitty can become infected with several types of internal parasites and worms. The key to treatment is diagnosis by your veterinarian, which is obtained by a microscopic examination of your cat's feces. Your vet will then prescribe the appropriate medication. To keep your cat from getting WORMS: keep your pet indoors to prevent kitty from hunting and eating infected prey, avoid exposure to infected cats, rodents, fleas and feces, avoid feeding raw meat and practice good hygiene when cleaning the litter box.
Spaying is for female cats. This can be done as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age. This type of surgery is the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Cats can breed up to 3 times a year, so it is very important that your female cat be spayed to prevent unwanted litters.
Neutering is for male cats. This can be done as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age. This type of surgery is the removal of the testicles. Because male cats can impregnate many different females, it is very very important that your male cat be neutered to prevent unwanted litters.
Some people like to travel with their pets, and being a cat person, you may want to consider doing this, too. We have provided you with a few tips via PetMed/UC Davis "Clinical Animal Behavior" Travel With My Cat .pdf: CLICK HERE