These are not maintence free animals. They do require care. The care consists of clipping the nails and pulling back the foreskin which covers the toes and cleaning this area. Cleaning the wax (yeast) in the ears and also clean the small side flap located on the outside of the ear, which also needs to be cleaned with a q-tip to remove the dirt build up. Washing the body, eye care (because of a lack of eye lashes, dirt and debris can get into eyes and build up around the eye lids), dental care and any other health issues that may arise. These animals should not be left alone for long periods of time. These animals are to be treated as if they were children.
These animals must be kept WARM (ideal temperatures for kittens are between 76 of 84 degrees, use clothing on the lower end of these temperatures) away from fans, air conditioning, cold windows and drafts. For your small kitten, simply use a large sock (40% wool are best), not to tight, with the toe cut out and two slits cut for the front legs (hugs the body, which I prefer) and/or with a Pet Sweater over the sock. Please check under arm to make sure kitties skin is not being chapped.
The Hairless cat breeds, the Don Sphynx & Peterbald, are inclined to become dirty. Therefore they need regular cleaning. Special care to clean eyes, ears and tail. Black heads will form on tail (STUD TAIL), even run up the back and around mouth.
Please GET and USE these products on your cat as a PREVENTATIVE measure for your cat.
It is eaiser to prevent something from happening to your animal than it is to correct the problem once it has developed. Some problems can never be corrected once obtained. We have all spent a lot of money to acquire these animals, now we all must maintain their care.
The covered litter box with heating pad & fleece blanket will save many a cat upper respiratory infection in the winter months and even in the summer with us using air conditioning.
FOOD : (FISH products can KILL your cat. It can shut down the kidneys and cause sudden heart failure)
We currently use "Purina One KITTEN" dry formula food and also "Health Extension" KITTEN/ADULT dry food along with boiled skinless Chicken Breast (with all fat & grease washed off) two times daily. Large package of Chicken Breast should be boiled for at least 75 minutes.
Cats chew only a small portion of the food they eat because their teeth are made for tearing meat rather than grinding food. An all canned food diet will cause tartar buildup on the teeth.
Leave dry food out for cats "free choice" all the time. I also feed my cats about 2 - 3 oz. of boilded skinless Chicken Breast twice daily mixed in with the dry cat food, as a protein supplement. Boil 3 lbs. of Chicken Breast for at least 75 minutes to get a consistency easily to mix with dry food. Once cooked rinse Chicken with hot water to remove trace amounts of grease & fat, which can cause lose stoles.
LITTER BOX SYSTEM
We are currently using the Breeze Box Litter Box system. We suggest that if you adopt one of our babies that you purchase this exact same system. Our kittens are trained on this and may not use other litter for they are accustomed to this litter.
SHAMPOO & WIPES
Antibacterial and Antifungal shampoo should be used.
(you may have to use dish soap to cut the grease first)
Bacteria gets in the ears and causes Yeast (black wax) build up in the ear. (we will discuss which products are used during visit of cattery)
If you do not treat the ears with a prescrption medication to kill the yeast within the ear the animal may get an inner EAR infection. This can lead to an inner ear infection if not treated and animal may acquire a titled head and loss of balance. This many times becomes permanent.
Prescription medications are used to treat conunctivitis in the eyes and also any scratches. Also to be used when kitten or cat is under stress from change in enviroment. (we will discuss which products are used during cattery visit)
SPAYING & NEUTERING
VERY IMPORTANT TO GET YOUR FEMALE CAT SPAYED IF NOT BREEDING. PYOMETRA can happen to female cats that have not been spayed. To many heat cycles without being bred will cause abnormal levels of hormones. The pyometra is an abscessed, pus-filled infected uterus. Stimulation of the uterus with abnormal levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) cause the lining of the uterus to become thickened and fluid accumulates inside the uterus. Infection develops in the uterus and fills with pus. The infection is life-threatening. The usual treatment for pyometra is surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. It is crucial that the infected uterine contents do not spill and that no excess hemorrhage occurs. The surgery is challenging especially if the patient is toxic. Many times even after removal of the uterus & ovaries, death may still occur.
MALES whom are not NEUTERED will spray urine with a nasty disgusting odor inside on home on anything and everything marking his territory. He may also urinate and defecate in the home as well. If a male cat has not been neutered and has started this behavor, many times he will still spray & urinate evn after altering. Neutered male cats are less likely to suffer disorders in their reproductive glands, conditions that can lead to kidney disease. It is best to get MALE & FEMALE cats neutered/spay around 6 months of age.
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****VACCINATING YOUR CAT****
Our kittens are vaccinated at 5 & 10 wks. of age with Heska Two way FVRC UltraNasal Vaccine and the 12 wks. of age with Heska Three way FVRCP UltraNasal Vaccine. This animal in my opinion is FULLY VACCINATED for LIFE. Please read the following information below and make an educated decision about vaccinating your cat.
There is no question that vaccines protect against disease – but they also present considerable risk. Sadly, far too many cats are still being over-vaccinated because too many veterinarians, and cat guardians, still think annual “shots” are necessary. Vaccines are implicated in triggering various immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis). Vaccines are also implicated in the high incidence of vaccine-induced sarcomas in cats. The incidence of these tumors ranges from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 10,000 cats. They can develop as quickly as 4 weeks or as late as 10 years post vaccination.
***VACCINATION SCHEDULE - information written by a Lisa A. Pierson a DVM about over vaccinating
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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT The HAIRLESS cat must have a highly nutritional diet in order to generate heat from the lack of hair (coat).
NuVet PLus for FELINES Use daily on food to boost the IMMUNE SYSTEM. When ordering make sure you tell them it is for felines, which is in powder form or they will send you the canine waffers which are formulated for dogs. To order is best to call 1-800-4747044 product code # 31549CB (breeders mix a small amount of the NuVet powder in your kitten milk for bottle feeding a weak infant and also add electrolyte powder to the milk.
HEATING PAD and CAT HOUSE for keeping kitty warm This can be purchased for $18.99 at CVS or Walgreens or other drug stores. Make sure the kind you get stays on all the time, some shut off automatically.
Covered Litter Box To be used as at cat house for kitty to keep warm in. Place heating
pad in or under box and place a small fleece blanket inside of box.
Psychological & Behavioral Complications of DELAWING your CAT
Some cats are so shocked by declawing that their personalities change. Cats who were lively and friendly have become withdrawn and introverted after being declawed. Others, deprived of their primary means of defense, become nervous, fearful, and/or aggressive, often resorting to their only remaining means of defense, their teeth. In some cases, when declawed cats use the litterbox after surgery, their feet are so tender they associate their new pain with the box...permanently, resulting in a life-long adversion to using the litter box. Other declawed cats that can no longer mark with their claws, they mark with urine instead resulting in inappropriate elimination problems, which in many cases, results in relinquishment of the cats to shelters and ultimately euthanasia. Many of the cats surrendered to shelters are surrendered because of behavioral problems which developed after & only after the cats were declawed.
Cats can provide companionship, facilitate relaxation, and aid motor skill rehabilitation and other physical therapy. These sociable cats are the best candidates for therapy.
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Be aware of YEAST infections on your cats skin. This is very rare but can happen if your cat gets to greasy. You must then use some of these products listed in this linkhttp://www.marvistavet.com/html/yeast_infection_of_the_skin.html Yeast INFECTIONS
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