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 Ragdoll Kitten Care 
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Arriving Home
The first few days may be difficult for your Ragdoll kitten as he has been used to being with his mother and siblings and suddenly they are not there anymore. It takes time to adjust to a new home and your patience and love are greatly needed at this time. Your Ragdoll kitten will call for his siblings and mama and may get loose stools due to stress. When you arrive home, it is VERY IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE A SAFE-ROOM for your kitten.  Please confine your kitten to a SMALL ROOM where he will feel safe such as a bathroom or small bedroom (where they cannot run and hide under funiture), along with his carrier, bed, toys, litter box, dry food and water while he gets accustomed to his new family.  Your Ragdoll may also love to sleep with you after he has adjusted.  After a few days to a week allow your Ragdoll kitten access to 1 new room at a time.  It is best to have several litter boxes throughout the house while so your kitten knows the proper place to relieve himself.

Vaccinations
Your Ragdoll kitten has received age appropriate vaccinations (3-way...panleukopenia (FPV), feline viral rhinotracheitis (FHV-1), feline calicivirus (FCV) vaccination), and will be due within 3-4 weeks from the date of first vaccination; and the last vaccination at 16 weeks of age or older, for a total of 3 vaccinations. Be sure your kitten receives the last vaccination at 16 weeks old or after. Your kitten will then be due for the annual vaccination at 1 year old.  Depending on your state law, Rabies will be due between 3 and 6 months of age.

Feeding

You will receive an email detailing exactly what your kitten is eating daily. If you have more than one Ragdoll cat/kitten, I suggest a large stainless steel pie pan or their own separate bowls. Please provide kibble at all times, plus feed approximately 1/4 of canned food 3-4 times per day as a young kitten. They will eat more at one sitting as they grow and will eat less often.  If you wish to change your food, please do this over a 7-10 day period by adding 25% new food to 75% of current kibble, then slowly replace the old kibble until you are feeding the new food.  If you do not slowly change food, your kitten may develop loose stools and an upset stomach.  

Litter Box

Your Ragdoll kitten has been litter box trained using a litter box without a top and no liner as this just rips.  Your Ragdoll kitten has been using Tidycats multicat clumping for multiple cats.  You may change the litter slowly over a 7-10 day period by adding the new litter to his current litter.  Please put the litter box in a place where your kitten can find it and try not to relocate it as he will forget where it is and this causes accidents. We suggest 1 litter box per kitten minimum, and several boxes around the house is good for your kitten while he is a kitten. The litter box should be scooped daily and cleaned with bleach on a weekly basis. Please use a disinfectant which is safe for cats. We do not use plastic liners as the kittens scratch right through them and causes more of a mess. Disinfectants containing phenols and cresols can be lethal to cats. They can absorb this substance through their paw pads. Please also be aware of the products you use in your bathrooms, kitchens etc. We suggest washing your litter boxes on a weekly basis with regular chlorine bleach watered down, rinsed thoroughly and dried.  Please remember your kitten is in a new environment and any adjustments need time, patience and understanding of the occasional ‘slip ups’ that might occur.  Please keep your litter box quite a ways from your kittens food.

Grooming
We recommend combing or brushing your Ragdoll kitten on a weekly basis. This is also a great time to bond.  We recommend clipping toenails every 10 days to 2 weeks, or when needed. You can purchase a nail clipper from Petco/Petsmart or use a human clipper. Whichever you are more comfortable with.  Your Ragdoll kitten will not need frequent bathings, but may need an occasional one. Please only use cat shampoos.  Start bathing young so they get used to it and they may even enjoy their monthly bath.

Scratching
Our kittens are trained from an early age to scratch on corrugated cardboard and sisal rope scratching posts. You kitten will still occasionally try to scratch your furniture. When you see him doing this, firmly tell him NO and pick him up and place him in the appropriate area to scratch.  I purchase these at Petco.

Fleas and Worming
Even though your kitten is an indoor only kitten, he can still catch fleas which can be brought into the home on your pant legs, through the screen door, etc. We recommend using Advantage for kittens under 9 lbs. in the spring and summer as we find this brand safe and the most effective. We also use Revolution occasionally. We no longer use Frontline plus as our vet informed us that is is not effective in our area any longer and it did cause our kittens to foam from the mouth. We worm kittens twice with Pyrantel Pomoate before going home.

Safety
Please prepare your kitten’s home as if you were having a human baby. Crawl along your floor and look for any hazards that your kitten can chew or choke on.  When kittens are young you may want to watch the floor constantly when you walk as they will run between your legs often and you may step on them.  We are always looking down when we walk.  Be aware of washers, dryers, dishwashers, freezer & fridge as they may climb in when you are not looking. Please look down when closing all doors, dishwashers, fridge, freezers, washer, dryer. Please do not set mouse traps where you kitten can find them. Please keep all cleaners in a closed cabinet. Watch when sitting down as your kitten may be covered up in a blanket and you may hurt him by accident. Watch window blinds and cords as they love to batt these with their paws and they may hurt themselves. Watch glass items or vases on a coffee table. Watch electric cords as kittens do try to play with these. You may want to tape these together.  Two of my cats try to eat the clear packing tape so I would watch this too.  Rubber bands, paper clips, thumb tacks, broken balloons, Christmas tree tinsel and other small articles are irresistible to kittens. A lot of plants are poisonous to kittens. 

A lot of plants are poisonous to kittens and cats. Please see a list of these plants at
http://www.cfainc.org/articles/plants.html

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HCM in Ragdolls
http://www.ncstatevets.org/ragdollhcm/

FIP in Cats - Cornell University
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_ftp.cfm

FIP in Cats - UC Davis
http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ccah/local-assets/pdfs/PedersenFIPinterview9-10-08.pdf
 

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