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Everpaw Wolfie, an exotic Longhair kitten at 4 weeks old

Preparing for your kitten!

To make the transition and adjustment easier and less stressful for your new Exotic kitten, it is best to have everything prepared in advance. The following is a list of items to have before bringing your new kitty home.

Exotic Breed Standards 2023.pptx

Exotic Breed Standards 2023

Slideshow: Learn more about Exotics and what it means when breeders refer to CFA Standards. 

Probiotics for Cats

Probiotics are highly beneficial for cats! I add a scoop to their food everyday.

What are Probiotics & How Do They Work?

Your first question is probably “are probiotics good for cats?” The answer is yes. Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria that promote balance in the intestines.  

The intestines contain billions of bacteria that make up the microbiome. An imbalance in the microbiome can cause digestive upset.  

“Among other effects, probiotics decrease the pH in the gut and help the good bacteria thrive which supports overall digestive health,” says Dr. Emily Cross, DVM, DABVP. 

To read more about the benefits of probiotics for cats you can start with clicking this link.


The Vet!!! First 72 hours...

After you bring your new Exotic kitten home, you'll need to do two things. The first thing is to activate the free 30 days of pet insurance with TruPanion that is provided to you. The second thing  is to take your kitten to a veterinarian, please be sure you can be scheduled during the 72 hours time frame discussed when contracts were signed. I highly recommended to already have an appointment scheduled with a veterinarian for kitten examination, because finding an appointment after you pick up the kitten may prove to be very difficult as most clinics are booked out for weeks. 

You will receive all your kitten's health, vaccine, and spay/neuter records when you pick up your kitten. (No kitten will leave our cattery without first receiving clearance from our veterinarian.) Make sure that you take these records with you to the vet appointment so that they can transfer the records into their system and schedule any needed boosters and additional vaccinations for your Exotic kitten. Make sure to do your research, read the contract, and don't feel pressured by sales tactics for "extra" tests at the vet. Our cats never go outside, and are extensively health tested and negative for FIV, FELV, FIP and PKD! Their lines are free of these diseases as well!

Declawing Facts 

(declawing voids the health guarantee)

Declawing is an intrusive and extremely painful event requiring the equivalent of cutting off a human finger to the first knuckle; the pain is experienced both immediately following the surgery, and throughout the cat’s life as the result of “phantom pain”.


To read a journal article on declawing I highly recommend this link


Before you resort to declawing your cat, try training it first. Yes indeed, cats can be trained. And it’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are some tips:

How to trim a cats nails.... Trim just the hooked, thinner tips of the nails with a human finger nail trimmer as needed. Watch for the vein inside. You can see it from the side of the nail. You don't want to cut too closely and make the nail bleed. 

If you need further instructions for trimming your kittens nails I will demonstrate for you when you pick up your kitten or by sending a video demonstration.


Yoshi getting a bath!! Such a good boy!

Bathing a Persian Cat - an article by Carissa Altschul


I am re-sharing an article from it's original source at cacaocattery.com  

I recommend all serious cat lovers check out Cacao Cattery Education section. To access this article directly please go here: https://www.cacaocattery.com/bathing-a-persian-cat.html

One of the advantages of buying a Persian kitten from a reputable breeder is that he will be accustomed to regular bathing.  Grooming is not the terrible chore some people believe, and can be soothing and enjoyable to both cat and owner. When a cat is kept bathed and clean, there is need for only minimal combing or brushing in between baths.  Also, a clean cat does not have problems with hairballs. Clean cats do not shed the dander that causes many people to have allergic reactions.  Most Persians need baths every 4-6 weeks to look their finest, but some can go longer intervals.

 

The absolute first thing to do before a bath is clip the cat's claws!



In worst-case situations, if your Persian should become badly matted, do not try to comb or cut out mats. Either take him to a professional groomer or your veterinarian to be clipped down into a “lion” cut. The cats don’t mind, and it is much better to save them and you the pain and aggravation of trying to remove mats. Some Persian owners routinely have all or part of their cats clipped for summer. 

Danger, Will Robinson!

List of things that are Poisonous To Cats

Always remember that cats are highly sensitive to many things. Always use caution when using chemicals, medications, or placing houseplants in the environment. Many of the things that are poisonous/toxic or can cause serious problems to your cat are listed below.

In and Outside Your Home

Foods That Can Be Harmful

Prey

Plants