EnchantedTails Bengal Cats
St. Helens, OR
RECOMMENDATIONS ON CAT CARE
If you have a multiple cat home, it is suggested that you quarantine your new arrival for a period of time. As your cat/kitten becomes more comfortable in his/her new surroundings, gradually introduce the new cat/kitten to the resident pets. Expect some hissing and growling for a few days prior to new friendships. It may take an older cat one or two weeks to one or two months to adjust to his/her new home.
FOOD AND WATER
There are other great brands if canned food. You could try Wellness or Felidae.
Note: some of these cans are a larger size than the regular small cans. When I say 1/2 to 1 full can, I am referring to the small cans. If you get the larger can, then adjust the portion.
Additionally this cat/kitten may have been eating a supplement of raw turkey strips and raw beef strips on occasion. If you are uncomfortable with raw, you can boil some chicken and/or turkey (no seasonings) and cut it into small pieces.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to change brands of food, switch the diet gradually, adding small amounts of the new food to the familiar food to avoid loose stools. Do not give kittens milk.
Stainless steel or glass bowls are recommended over plastic. Plastic can harbor bacteria. Wash out the water bowl daily, as the bowls can get a bit of a slimy coating. My cats like me to dump old dry food daily too. It is not as appealing to them once it has sat out for a day.
Clean the litter box at once a day. I clean mine twice a day. Cats do not like to use dirty litter boxes. Every two to four weeks, I suggest you dump all the litter and clean the box with a bleach solution mixed with 10 parts water.
A general rule of thumb is one litter box per cat. With a young kitten, the litter box needs to be placed in an easy to get to location. If you have a large house, then I suggest adding another litter box.
If you change brands of litter, and the cat does not like the new litter, he will let you know by not using the box! Time to go back to the old litter or try a different brand.
Should you ever have a litter box problem, and it is not due to any of the above causes, have your cat checked for a urinary infection or worms.
Cats want to use the litter box. If they don't, they are telling you something is wrong.
TRIMMING NAILS - DECLAWING
This kitten has not been vaccinated for RABIES. If a cat is indoors only, rabies vaccinations may not be necessary. It may be required by some states, however, or if you ever need to board your cat.
We are a Feline Leukemia (FeLV) negative cattery. While not every kitten born here is test for FeLV, every cat that has ever come to us, beginning with my very first cat in 1999, is quarantined until the cat tests negative for FeLV. Therefore our cats have never been exposed to FeLV and remain FeLV negative.
Discuss with your veterinarian whether you want to vaccinate for Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Long time breeders advise that several kittens have died or have had serious reactions to the vaccine over the years. This vaccination can stress a kitten’s young and developing immune system and potentially cause them to break with other diseases and/or have a difficult time fighting off viruses they may encounter. The latest research reports that once a cat tests negative over the one year mark, they are unlikely to contract the disease even if exposed. This seems to be a disease more highly transferrable to kittens, but if you keep your cat indoors as agreed to in the Sales Agreement, your Bengal kitten will not be at risk, as it is only passed on by body fluids.
Avoid over vaccinating! Over vaccinating may increase the risk of a vaccination site sarcoma. In other words, the cat may develop cancer at the vaccination injection site. So weigh all the risks and discuss vaccinations with your vet.
For more information, see the American Association of Feline Practitioners 2006 Feline Vaccination Guidelines at http://www.catvets.com/uploads/HTML/VaccineSummary.html
Check drawers, the refrigerator, closets, and the dryer before you close them! Being quick and curious, your Bengal just may have gone in to investigate!
Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell is the owner and founder of The Cat Care Clinic. Dr. Wexler-Mitchell is a board certified in feline practice-one of 25 charter diplomates. She is a former president of the Academy of Feline Medicine and served on the board of The American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Wexler-Mitchell is a member of AVMA, AAHA, SCVMA, and the CVMA. She was a contributing editor to Cat Fancy magazine for 15 years and has written three books.
Remember, the more love and attention you shower on your kitten/cat, the more loving they become. Always let your kitten/cat know how special they are to you! Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing stories of your adventures with your new Bengal!
May You Live Happily Ever After with Your Enchanted Tail!
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