Polesden

Breeder Specializing in Silver British Shorthair Cats

                 Kitten Care Guide

Feeding

Your kitten will be fully weaned when you collect them.

They should have dry food available at all times.  They have been having Royal Canin Kitten biscuits.  They should have kitten biscuits until they are about 1 year old then you can change to the adult biscuits.

They will need to have 2 meat feeds a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.  I feed my cats and kittens a raw meat diet and I strongly recommend you continue this, as there is nothing better for them than a natural diet.  

You will receive a free pack of kitten meat when you collect your kitten, which I have been feeding them mixed with another raw meat and a bit of water.  I use a brand called ‘Nutriment’ and the beef flavour is their favourite.  It is sold in frozen packs and is available from some pet shops, so you can check online for a local stockist.  There are other good brands of raw meat if you are unable to find the Nutriment.

Once they reach 6 months if you wish you can stop the meat feeds and just feed the biscuit dry food, although I don’t recommend this.  I feel it is best to keep them on a raw diet if possible.

As a treat your kitten will absolutely love food such as cooked white fish or cooked chicken.  They will also enjoy an evening snack of evaporated milk mixed with water, 1 tablespoon of each.  Never give a cat cows milk as it will upset their tummy.

Fresh water must be available at all times.

 

Litter Trays

You will need a litter tray available for your kitten at all times. 

Wood, paper, wheat or corn based litters are best as these do not harm your kitten if they fancy a nibble.  They are used to a Newspaper pellet litter so it is best to start with this. 

For my adult cats I use a corn based cat litter ‘Worlds Best Cat Litter’ which is quite expensive but I find brilliant as it is a clumping litter which means you can remove both wee and poo and it is flushable so you can put it down your toilet instead of making your bin smell.  It also has natural deodorizers to keep the smell down and it lasts longer than the other types of litter.  You can wean your kitten on to using this.

I recommend you have a hooded litter tray to prevent litter being spilled out, but remove the flap until your kitten gets used to using it.  The tray should be kept as clean as possible and should be completely cleaned out and disinfected regularly. Household bleach with water is best as this is not toxic to cats, whereas some other cleaning fluids are.

 

Neutering or spaying

It is essential you have your kitten neutered or spayed between 6-9 months old.  Your kitten has been registered on the GCCF non-active register and you will have signed an agreement to say you will not be breeding from them.

Neutering a tom too early can prevent the development of the nice big British Shorthair head, but don’t leave it too late as an un-neutered tom can be a real nuisance and become very smelly!

It is unwise and cruel to keep an un-spayed female unless she is to be used for breeding as a calling queen will wear herself out, lose weight, be thoroughly frustrated and there is a high risk she could get a uterine infection which could put her life at risk.

 

Health & Vaccinations

Your kitten will have had their Feline Infectious Enteritis, Leukaemia and Cat Flu vaccinations by the time you collect them.  You must ensure they receive their boosters each year.

Your kitten will have been wormed before collection and you will need to do this regularly, approx every 4weeks.  For the first time I would recommend you use Panacur worming paste and once your cat is 6 months old you can start using ‘Advocate’ which although is quite expensive it is an all in one spot on treatment for worms, parasites and fleas and is excellent.  Both of these treatments are only available from your vet.

To prevent fleas you will need to use a flea treatment.  I recommend ‘Front Line’ which is available from your vet or some petshops. 

You should check your kittens ears are clean, if you see anything unusual you should have this checked by your vet as ear problems such as ear mange, Canker or Otitis can cause very painful infections.

Regular grooming is advisable to keep the coat in good condition.  You can use a brush and your hands which help give the coat a good shine and remove all the loose hair.

Do not be alarmed if your kitten sheds its first teeth as this is supposed to happen.

A well fed cat who has lots of exercise, fresh air and is well loved and cared for should remain fit and healthy.

 

General

British Shorthair cats adapt very well to being an indoor pet and do not have to be allowed outside.  However if you wish your cat to be allowed out do not let your kitten outdoors until they have settled in for at least 4 weeks.  Then to begin with I would advise you to only let them out if you are there to supervise.  Once they become bigger and more mature they will become more aware of the dangers and it will be safer to allow them to roam a bit.  However I would highly recommend that you try and keep them in at night if possible. 

If your cat will need a collar with a tag then make sure they get used to wearing one from an early age.  However take it off at night as collars wear bald patches in the fur and can then irritate the skin.  Micro-chipping is advisable for identification in case they should get lost. I advise getting this done at the same time as neutering.

Keep washing machine doors and toilet seats closed.  Look out for toxic chemicals in places they could get in to and any other dangers you can think of.  Kittens are very curious and can get themselves in all sorts of trouble!

A scratching post is a good idea and will help to save your furniture, however regular cutting of their front claws will also help.

British Shorthair cats are very intelligent, affectionate cats that love to have your company.