The Peterbald 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. Do not feed your cat any fish in cat food as listed as the first and main ingredient. Not even Tuna fish or Salmon. http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/why-fish-is-dangerous-for-cats/
We currently use "Purina One Smart Blend Healthy KITTEN formula" 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.
Please feed kittens/cats about 1 to 2 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. Put in freezer bags and take out as needed for daily feedings.
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/will 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 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. The head tilt many times becomes permanent.
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. PYOMETRA can/will 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 will 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.
*FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALTERING CLINICS IN YOUR AREA (please refer to our Spay & Neutering page at https://sleekatscattery.webs.com/spayingneutering.htm )
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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 with Distemper. 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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HEATING PAD for keeping kitty warm. This can be purchased for $19.99 at CVS or Walgreens or other drug stores. Make sure the kind you get stays on all the time, some shut off automatically.
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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I do not recommend L-Lysine ..... Studies looked at infections caused by herpes virus and found that L-Lysine supplementation was not effective in preventing or treating herpes infections in cats. L-Lysine supplementation also didn?t decrease the development of clinical signs, nor did it aid in treating symptoms. L-Lysine does not have antiviral properties. Researchers found that it does lower arginine levels. Arginine is an essential amino acid that is involved in a number of different functions, including wound healing, helping the kidneys filter waste products, and maintaining immune and hormone function. Cats cannot synthesize this amino acid themselves, and arginine deficiency can result in hyperammonemia (a metabolic disturbance characterized by an excess of ammonia in the blood,) which can be fatal.
No Shipping - *We had been shipping since 2005 formerly Continental now United Air Cargo after the merge. Hunter hand/body warmers, medication, clothing and taping of open vents had dated back since 2005 on all my shipped animals.they have become far to dangerous for our hairless kittens to be shipped. We no longer ship using medications that are taped inside carrier floor and installing shredded up non sterile paper which could get inside animals eyes and slice the eyeball. The unauthorized handling of my animals by a stranger whom has not disinfected their dirty hands/clothing, counter top and the like, can spread virus to my animals from other infected animals. The removal and theft of the animals medication is totally unacceptable. The removal and theft of body warmers to keep the animal at a comfortable temperatures between 78 to 88 degrees and installing shredded up paper to help keep the animal warm is totally unacceptable.
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