Butt-kicker of- all other cats
|Purred: Wed Jul 10, '13 6:27am PST |
|I'm so sorry about your kitty you lost to FIP. I hear it is an awful disease. So sad. I think it's normal for you to be worried about the health of your new kitties, that sounds like normal cat mom stuff to me I worry about my cats to the point I drive my family crazy. I'm always asking "what did the poop look like", because you can tell so much from the poop They think I'm insane.
It sounds like you are doing great. I think the single most important thing you can do for your cat is give them a good diet. If they have a good diet, you can avoid SO many problems down the road. If you have not read www.catinfo.org , I highly recommend that you read it. My vet steers everyone to that website. It tells you why a wet food diet is highly recommended over a dry diet. Any vet that tells you "dry food is better for the teeth".....never go back there. It is a big myth. My vet tells everyone, "if that were the case then why does every cat I see that is on only dry food have the worst teeth?" Any vet that tries to tell me dry food is better, and who tries to push their crappy, expensive food that they sell and make HUGE profits on, when most of it is made from corn and by-produtcts and is made in China, I will never return to that vet. Dry food does not have enough water content, it has almost none, like 10%, where canned food is 78% water. Cats are not big water drinkers naturally, which makes them more prone to kidney and urinary issues, because they do not get enough water in their diet to keep everything flushed out and healthy. Also, dry food is sprayed with bad stuff to make it tasty and addictive to cats, and when they get hooked on it, they don't want anything else.
Kittens are ALWAYS hungry, think having a teenage boy around all the time, that kind of hungry, they eat a lot. My kitten, until he was about 6-8 months old, ate 4 times a day. He now eats 3 small meals a day, one of them bigger than the other two, and his biggest meal is at bedtime. A big meal before bedtime will help him sleep better Some people do give their kitten a small amount of dry, because it is expensive to feed all wet when they are this little, so if you do end up having to do a small amount of dry during this extremely hungry time.....that is ok. It is not the most ideal, but it will probably be fine as long as the cat is getting plenty of wet food also, but what you do not want to do is leave large amounts of unlimited dry food around for them, because they will get used to eating non stop, and this will lead to obesity down the road, and also them preferring the dry food over the wet. It is ok for them to be hungry at times!!! I promise! They WILL try to convince you otherwise though, so be warned, they DO NOT need kibble out to nibble on daily. This seems to be a huge mistake that many people make in the beginning thinking that cats need to eat constantly throughout the day.
Now, my kitties drove me bonkers when they were little and woke me up at night. My 10 year old cat Beep, she had to sleep in the bathroom for several years at first, because we would not get any sleep. So I am a big believer in it being ok to put them up at night, in a bathroom, even that laundry room you were talking about, for this purpose (as long as the washer and dryer is not going at the time because it could scare him/her). My two boy cats go up in my daughters room at night, and they have learned that nighttime is for sleeping, and they sleep until 5:30....the minute the hear my feet hit the floor in the other room, they are UP and at the door, ready to come out My daughter, she is 14, and she loves having the kitties sleep in her room, Stephano snuggles up to her all night long. But if your kitty is a little turkey, like most little kittens, and wants to play all night, you may want to consider putting him in his own room at night, until he learns. The big meal at bedtime definitely helps my kitties sleep better, even my little crazy kitten
Get ready for some crazy kitten fun....curtain climbing, getting into everything. You will be fine! I'm sure these babies will be good and healthy and if you give them a good, healthy diet, they will do fine.
P.S. Are these kitties Russian Siberian kitties? I am not familiar with the breed, but I was just contacted by a friend who wants me to help her find a home for a 7 year old Russian Siberian. Makes me sad that her family is getting rid of her, I guess her new hubby doesn't like cats No one could make me get rid of my kitty. Anyway, just wondering if your kitty was a Russian Siberian
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