New Owners – Guidelines

Thank you for adopting our cats and kittens.  We and our fosterer’s have done our best to care for these animals and they deserve the best homes possible.

We have put together some new owner guidelines which we hope you will find useful.

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isabelle2Introductions:  Slow introductions to other cats work best. Give them their own space either in separate rooms or in a crate and time to become accustomed to each other.  Switch beds and litter trays daily so that they become used to each other’s scent.  Only when they are used to each others scent can they be in the same area together, supervised.

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Feeding: Adult cats will usually eat either tinned cat food or biscuits, or both. Kittens should be fed on wet kitten food initially at regular intervals and kitten biscuits should always be available. Cats are carnivores. They need Taurine on a regular basis to stay healthy. This usually comes from their meaty or fishy food and biscuits. Cats cannot live on a vegetarian diet as they cannot manufacture taurine.

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Veterinary Care:  Our kittens are usually vaccinated for flu and enteritis before they leave us, or you may be given a voucher redeemable at any branch of Donaldson Vets towards their second vaccination. If your cat is to be an outdoor cat, they will also need the leukaemia vaccine which will be chargeable to the new owners.  You should register your pet with your local vets. If a cat or kitten falls ill, we are always available to give advice and your local vet will be pleased to give appropriate treatment. Kittens can deteriorate rapidly and help should be sought as early as possible.

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Worming: Kittens over 8 weeks, and adult cats, should be wormed using a product recommended by your vet regularly. Spot on treatments are much easier than trying to push a worming tablet down a cat’s throat!  We switch worm products periodically as not all worming products treat all worms. Hunters especially will need regular treatments for tapeworms as well as roundworms.

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Flea Treatment: Cats and kittens should be treated using a product recommended by your vet. We would advise you to consult a vet for the correct products for flea and worm treatments as some products available in supermarkets and pet stores can be harmful to kittens.

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Neutering: Adult Cats and kittens over the age of 4 months will be neutered by us before they leave. For younger kittens, we give a prepaid neutering voucher redeemable at any branch of Donaldson vets towards the cost of neutering.

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Cat Bites: Even the most domesticated cat can bite in stressful situations. Cat bites are painful and can cause infection. Hospital treatment should be sought immediately.

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Boarding: We cannot board your animals e.g in the case of a holiday or house move, however your local cattery should be able to help. Please note, catteries require current vaccination certificates in order to board your animals. Alternatively, family, friends or neighbours might be prepared to call in each day to feed and play with your pet and clean out the litter tray.