Three Rivers Ragdolls

Ragdoll kittens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

CARING FOR YOUR KITTEN

****Please note that you will need a vet appointment

for your kitten within 72 hours of pick up or your

health guarantee is void

The First Week:   Please confine your kitten to a small quiet room for 3-5 days to keep their stress level as low as possible and to show them where their litter box is.  If given too much freedom in a strange home, your kitten will not understand how to find its litter box and may have accidents.  If you have young children, please limit the amount of handling for the first week to reduce stress, and always supervise to prevent injury.  Be extra careful with electrical cords throughout your home that your kitten can chew on and also watch that your new kitten does not get under reclining chairs.

Stress Symptoms:   Your kitten may experience diarrhea, constipation, runny eyes, sneezing or overall cold symptoms.  These symptoms are all very common and normal when going to a new home and do not mean that your kitten is sick.  These should resolve within the first week, but if you feel that they are not going away, please consult your veterinarian.  Your kitten may not eat or use the litter box for the first 24 hours.  This is very normal.  

Litter:   Your kitten is completely litter trained using clay, non scooping litter.  We use and recommend Fresh Step Extreme Clay Litter.  This can be ordered online at Chewy.com or purchased at Walmart, Petsmart or Petco.  Please show your kitten their litter box a few times a day to make sure they understand where it?s located in your home.   Please do not use clumping litter until your kitten is older because if they ingest this type of litter, it can harden in their stomach and cause death.

Food:   Your kitten is eating 4 Health All Life Stages Dry Cat Food from Tractor Supply.  We strongly recommend buying the 5 lb bag size.  The 16 lb bag will take your kitten too long to eat and will become stale.  It can ONLY be found at Tractor Supply stores or ordered online if you do not have a store near you www.tractorsupply.com  Please do your research before deciding to switch to a different brand of food that you think might be better quality. This is an EXCELLENT food that we highly recommend, with no corn or bi-products and is not expensive. If you decide to give canned food, please do so in small amounts as it can cause gas and diarrhea.  Dry food and fresh water should be left out at all times for your kitten. They will not overeat.   If you decide to switch foods, please mix the new food with the old 50/50 for 1 week.

Cat Toys/Cat Trees and Scratching Posts:  The kittens love to play with any type of ball, feather wands, furry mice.   A cat tree with sisal rope to scratch and multiple levels to sleep on are great for the kittens to play on.  Wayfair has the biggest selection with the cheapest prices on these

Vaccines And Worming Your New Kitten:   Please bring your kitten to your vet within 72 hours of pick up for an initial health exam as required by the contract/health guarantee.  Your kitten was vaccinated at 9 weeks with their first baby shot.  Your vet will need to follow up with a 2nd vaccine about 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccine.   Health records have been provided with your new kitten showing the date and type of vaccine given, along with the multiple wormings your kitten received at 6, 8 and 10 weeks.  Please make sure that your vet does not give the Rabies vaccine along with any other shots as a serious, life threatening allergic reaction may occur.  Ragdoll kittens should not receive the Feline Leukemia or FIP vaccines.  You will void your health guarantee immediately if you choose to inoculate your kitten with the FIP or Felv vaccine.   

***A cat carrier must be used at pick-up to transport your kitten/cat home.  No kitten or cat will be released or sent home without one.  This means NO cardboard boxes.....an approved cat carrier ONLY!

 

Picture of the food our kittens are using and what we recommend. 

The litter we use and recommend for the kittens.