Judi and Blaine Gaither
We are Ragdoll Breeders in Ft. Collins, Colorado
Preparing for Your New Ragdoll Kitten
The following are items and supplies that you will need to have on hand to welcome your new kitten.
A Litterbox. When a kitten leaves our cattery at about 12 weeks of age they are ready for a full-sized litterbox. We have found that cats don't care if the litterbox is covered. The kitten has been trained to use both a covered and and uncovered litterbox.
Our kittens use non-clumping litter such as Tidy Cat or Johnny Cat. Clumping litter is dangerous to young kittens until about 4 months of age. Younger kittens sometimes eat cat litter and it may choke them because it is so sticky.
Scratching Post. The scratching post is important to allow your kitten a place of his or her own to sharpen and stretch his or her claws. The kitten instinctively needs to practice this behavior. Ragdoll Cats do want to please, so the kitten can be taught that his is for their scratching, sharpening and stretching needs and that they are not supposed to damage your furniture. Cats have different preferences for scratching. some prefer a rope like suface, and some prefer carpet. the scratching post should allow cats to scratch in a vertical or horizontal positions. Some cats prefer horizontal scratching.
Brush. Ragdoll kittens need a light brushing about once or twice a week. Shedding of loose hair is more common in the Spring. Ragdoll cats will need a little more attention at this time of the year to keep their coat combed out and their loose fur off of the furniture. A light grooming can be an enjoyable time for you and your kitten. If you are gentle your kitten will think you are petting him and loving him up. Kittens should also have their nales clipped with a quality cat nail clipper as needed. Be careful not to cut below the quick since this will hurt and may cause bleeding.
Food and Water Dishes. Ceramic, glass or stainless steel dishes should be used. Plastic dishes sometimes lead to allergies in cats. Food and water dishes should be washed regularly.
Food. We feed our kittens and cats quality cat foods sold in pet stores. Currently we are using Eukanuba, Royal Canin and Nutro Max cat foods. Your kitten will come a starter supply of his regular food. If it is necessary to change your kitten's diet because other cats live in the house, then you should make the change gradually over a period of several days. It would be best to avoid changing the kittens diet for the first week, since moving will be stressful and you don't want to put any undue stress on the kittens digestive tract at this time.
Carrier. You will need a carrier to bring your kitten home. The kitten may want to get out while in the car. This is fine, but in case something frightens the new kitten when you are transporting him from the car to the house you will want to use a carrier so that he doesn't jump out of your arms. The carrier will also be necessary for trips to the vet.
Toys. Kittens love to play. They will chase small balls made of plastic and mylar. they also like their people to play with them using cat teasers made of mylar, cloth, leather and feathers. If the kitten can chew the feathers off it is best to only play with these when you are present.