Preparing To Bring Kitty Home
We feed all our kitties (adults & kittens) Royal Canin Kitten 36. We will send you home with a small bag of
that to last several days. If you plan to change foods, please be sure to feed the new food mixed with what
you've brought home for a few days and not just switch foods suddenly. Changing food can upset kittyís tummy
and cause loose stools.
We use Tidy Cat 24/7 cat litter or Special Kitty from Walmart. It may make your new kitten's transition easier
if you use the same litter. If you want to change to a different type of litter (corn or wheat based, for example)
you can slowly change out litters by mixing in the new one and adding more every few days until the change
has been made completely.
Litterbox: Buy a large size box, your Ragdoll wonít stay small for long.
Food Dishes: Glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowls are the best. Plastic is not as easy to disinfect.
Medium Size Cat Carrier: It is VERY important that you never take your kitty out of the house, except
in the carrier. A scared cat can get away from anyone. The cat may be perfectly calm as you leave the house,
but if a car should backfire, or a dog bark close by, it could startle the cat and the cat will panic. Also, leave the
cat in the carrier while driving in the car. A roaming cat can get under the feet of the driver, and cause an
accident. If you should be in an accident with your cat in the car, the cat will be safer in the carrier.
The Vet: Remember to use the carrier for bringing them to the Vets office. Please do not let other
people in the waiting room touch your kitten. They are probably there with a sick animal. You don't want them to
pass the germs on to your kitten. Put the carrier in the room at home with the kitten, and leave the door open so
the kitten can go in and out. If they see the carrier all the time, and are familiar with it, it wonít be such a trauma
getting them in it to go to the vets office, or other places.
Toys and Playtime: Playtime for a kitten is not only fun, but also necessary for them. Ragdolls are very smart
cats. They will need things to keep them occupied when you are not there. While you are there, your kitty will
probably be happy simply following you around, and "helping" you with your work. However, if a kitten gets
bored, he can find fun in the wrong places. Changing his toys often is best, kittens do get tired of the same ones
for a long time. Something as simple as an empty box or an open paper bag laying on its side can entertain them
all morning. Cats are usually the most active first thing in the morning, and again in the early to late evening.
Their favorite toys seem to be small, lightweight toys they can carry in their mouths. Ragdolls learn to fetch easily.
Take a small toy or ball, and sit down on the floor with them. Flick the ball about 3 feet away from you and when
he runs to it, encourage him to bring it back. If he doesn't, reach over and bring it back in front of you. Place it
on the floor and flick it 3 feet away again. Soon he should get the idea. Other favorite toys: a stick with a string
on the end and a few feathers attached. You can wave it around for them to chase or drag it behind you when
you walk around. (Please put this toy out of the reach of the kitten when you are not there to supervise play.
Toys with strings can get wrapped around the kittenís neck, and they can choke to death) Also they love to
chase a laser light.
Scratch posts: Kitties have a need to sharpen their claws on something and providing a scratch post or two will
save your furniture! It also gives them pleasure from the stretching aspect, when they dig their claws in and stretch
their backbone from there. Ragdolls learn easily, so if you find them scratching the furniture, you can lead them
over to the scratch post by dragging a feather toy until they chase it and then running it up the post. Carpet covered
posts or sisal rope wrapped posts are easy for them to sink their claws in, and praising them when you see them
scratching it in the right place makes it a double pleasure for them.
Bringing Kitty Home: Leaving mama and siblings is going to be hard on your kitten. It will be a little less traumatic
if you get all the radical changes over in one day. So I suggest that you make an appointment with your vet on the
same day you pick up your kitten and go there on your way home. He won't need any shots but the vet visit will be
another strange place and getting that done before he actually arrives at your home is a good thing. For the first day
or two at home, confine your new kitten in one room of the house with their food and water bowls, as well as a litterbox.
Make sure the litterbox is as far away from the food dish as possible. This room should be where you want the kitten to
feel most comfortable in, preferably where you would always keep the litterbox. The kitten should feel safe and secure,
with lots of attention and reassurance that they are loved. Please do not invite the neighborhood in to see him the first
day. This is a huge change for him and he will be a little afraid at first. Talk to him quietly, and encourage him to
explore his surroundings. Kittens are intimidated when you look them in the eye for more than a second or two,
so look away often to make him comfortable. Put him in the litterbox every 15 minutes or so and let him walk out
of it himself. That way he will learn where it is in relation to the room. After this initial period, let your kitten explore
the rest of the house, but close doors to spare rooms, and bathrooms. You do not want to overwhelm him with
too big a space to explore. Eventually, when he gains more confidence, you can introduce other rooms for
Introducing Kitty to Your Other Pets: If you have other pets, such as cats and dogs, you can expect some
fireworks at first. It is usually not the kitten doing the hissing or growling, but the resident animals. Naturally they
are hesitant towards a newcomer in their home. After your new kitten has been in his room for a while, take him
out, and let the other animals in. They can then sniff and get familiar with the smell of the newcomer, without the
threat of actually seeing him. This will help somewhat when you are ready to introduce the kitty to them. The time
the kitten spends in his room, will also help him to pick up the smells of your house, and not be so alien smelling
to the other animals. When you are ready to bring the animals together, make sure you are with them. Most adult
cats that are not around kittens all the time are actually afraid of the kitten, so most wonít attack the kitten as
long as the kitten doesnít get too close. With dogs, you will have to be careful, especially with the bigger ones,
so they donít overwhelm the new kitten with their sniffing and large friendly tongues. It is recommended to allow
a few days after bringing your new kitty home before introducing them to your resident pets. During this time,
they have been sniffing each other and beginning to get to know each other under the door and the shock of the
face to face meeting will be lessened.
Feeding Your Kitten: You can leave a bowl of dry food and a bowl of water out all the time. Then, occasionally
put out a dish (flat plate or saucer) of some kind of high quality canned food. (It is important that you choose a
premium cat food. Your kittenís health, coat, and activity level will be much better on a good food. The premium
foods cost a bit more, but the kitten actually eats less of it, because it is more nutritious. They also have smaller
stools because the food is being used, and not just going in one end and out the other) Start with just a few
tablespoons at first and increase it if the kitten seems to want more. Do not leave it out for more than a few
hours. Kittens will eat more one day than another, so don't worry if he turns his nose up at it sometimes. They
seem to eat more just before they go through a growth spurt. Be sure to clean and refill the water dish at least
daily. If you don't wipe it out, it will get slimy on the bottom.
Litterbox Placement: If you want to take your kitten to bed with you at night, you may need another litterbox in
your bedroom, if it is too far away from the regular litterbox (especially if the bedroom is on the second floor).
Kittens are like little children, and they may hold it as long as they can, and then have to run for the box. You donít
want any mistakes because the kitten was frightened to go downstairs alone. It is best to keep it on the main
floor of the house instead of down in the basement. A half bath or laundry room off the kitchen is best, or even a
back hall or den. If the litterbox is down in the basement, it is too easy to forget to scoop it out daily, and change
it at least once a week. If it is handy, you can go in and scoop it whenever you see the cat using it. It is very
important to keep the litter clean. Scoop the solids at least once a day, and change the box at least once a
week. Many people choose to leave less litter in the box, and change it more often. Cats are very clean animals,
and the most common reason for litter box mistakes is that the litter box is dirty. If the box is too dirty, they
won't use it, they'll use a corner or another place and it will be difficult to break this habit. So it is best to keep
it clean and avoid any confusion.
Kitten Proofing Your Home: Take the time to go over your house much like if you were going to bring a toddler
into your home. Look for pins and needles, very small, sharp objects, and most importantly, string and rubber
bands. Any kind of string is very dangerous to cats. Cats have little barbs on their tongues, which point
backwards, and help push everything down their throats. If they start to swallow string, they can't spit it out again.
If they swallow enough of it, it can get tangled up in the catís intestines, and the cat may have to have surgery to
Houseplants: are another thing to watch out for. There is a list on our 'About Ragdolls' page of poisonous house
plants you may have in your house. Please move them to a room the kitten can't get into, or hang them, being
careful to watch for fallen leaves.
How to Tell if Your Cat is Sick: When kittens are new to a house, they very often will sneeze at first. They
were raised in one environment and only exposed to the allergens in the breederís home. Kittens may
sometimes play very hard one day, and sleep a lot the next. It is the same with food. Some days you will not
be able to fill them up, and the next day they won't eat much. This is normal. If your kitten seems very lethargic
when he is awake for a while, or won't eat for several meals, or if his nose is running and his eyes puffy or
crusty, then something is wrong with the kitten. Take his temperature if you know how, otherwise ask the vet to
show you how. 102-103 degrees is normal. Sometimes this is the only clue you have to whether the kitten is sick.
At times your kitten may have loose stools. 99% of the time it is something he ate. It could be a food he isn't use
to, or it could be part of a plant or a piece of a toy or a bug he bravely captured and then ate...the tails on the small
furry mice you can buy in the pet store are a favorite. I pull them off before I give them the toy. This may also make
him throw up a few times. If he does it, watch him for the rest of the day. They can usually get it out of their systems
in a few hours. If it continues for 24 hours or more, you should take him in to the Vet. If you have any questions or
doubts, don't be afraid to call us (House of Rock Ragdolls 720-300-4444 Kathy or Sharon) before you take him to
the vet. Sometimes it is something simple, and we can save you a Vet bill.
Vacations: It is easier on a cat to be left at home when you are on vacation, then to be taken somewhere to be
boarded. Besides the risk of disease from other animals, cats just don't adjust to new places as easily as dogs
do. Cats seem to be happiest at home. If you don't have someone who can come in and check at least once a
day, then ask your Vet if he can recommend a good pet sitter to you. I have known people who take their cats with
them when they travel, and some Ragdolls are just fine with traveling. If yours is not, perhaps you could take your
cat over to a friend's house several times prior to your trip, until he is comfortable there. Then when you travel,
being at your friend's house will not be such a difficult adjustment for him.
We know you will enjoy your new Ragdoll Kitten!
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House Of Rock Ragdolls
Kathy 720-300-4444; Sharon 303-856-4835