Here is a brief summary of how we raise our kittens:
· As soon as we know one of our Queens are pregnant (usually around day 21 of pregnancy) she gets placed in a maternity suite to keep her and the unborn kittens safe and so we can monitor her food and water intake as well as her litter box habits.
· When the kittens are born (around 65 days of pregnancy) they will stay in the birthing suite with their mother for the first few days until we know they are all nursing and gaining weight.
· Once we’re confident that they are gaining the proper amount of weight mom and kittens are moved into a large kitten suite. This room is kept dimly lit and quiet so mom feels secure knowing her kittens are safe and so she can get some much needed rest.
· When the kittens are about three-four weeks old, they are out of the birthing box and exploring their area and are introduced to solid foods.
· At four-five weeks old, the kittens start to use the litter box, are eating solid food, and are drinking water. This is also the time when they get their nails trimmed, first bath, and pictures taken.
· Between five and eight weeks old, kittens will be gaining proficiency with using the litter box, eating dry and wet food, playing with toys and using a scratching post. When they become very active they are moved into a large secured kitten nursery inside the cattery.
· Once the kittens are between eight and nine weeks old they will have had several baths, are used to being blown dry, having their nails trimmed, and their faces washed. They will also receive their first set of vaccinations.
· By the time kittens are 12-16 weeks old, they are well-socialized and are now ready to go to their new homes. They will have received their second set of vaccinations, be proficient at using the litter box, using a scratching post, and eating both wet and dry food.