1. Bringing your kitten home:
Be sure to have a cat carrier in which to take your kitten home, you will not be able to take the kitten home unless it is in a secure pet carrier. Please do not bring a cardboard box carriers, they are unsecured and you don’t want to have your kitten fall out or get injured. If you wish the cattery to provide you a kitten carrier please let us know and we will be happy to provide you with one for an additional small charge.
2. Introducing your new kitten
BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR KITTEN HOME PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR OTHER HOUSEHOLD PET/ANIMALS ARE CURRENT ON THEIR VET CHECK UP'S. This will help avoiding to pass anything unwanted from your current pets to your new baby kitten. Remember Singapura kittens are much smaller animals and an bacterial/viral infection might be life threatening for them where for your current adult/bigger pets is not big of a deal.
A kitten brings a wealth of enjoyment and companionship to a home. When the kitten first arrives it will probably feel a little apprehensive and will be missing the companionship of his/her mother and littermates. To make this transition stress-free, allow him/her to explore the new surroundings without too much interference or noise. Children should be reminded that the new kitten needs lots of love and also rest therefore should not be over-handled. Any other family pets should be introduced to the new arrival slowly and under close supervision.
Please keep your new kitten isolated from other cats/animals that you may have at home for a few days (at least 5 days is recommended), this allows for an immature immune system to adjust to the new surroundings and gives you both time to bond together, before you start introducing him/her to your other pets.
Your kitten should be fed on a balanced diet especially formulated to suit its stage of life.
Kittens should have the best quality food wet, canned cat tin food or human food such as, tuna & sardines, chicken, turkey, chopped beef, all cooked or baked to avoid any bacterial or parasite’s exposures. Raw meats are ok too only if 100% fresh. All food should not contain any spices or artificial flavoring.
Always have fresh water available throughout the day in a china/terracotta/stainless steel or similar bowl. Make sure to change water daily and wash the bowl, so no algae, bacteria or water slim can build up and cause a bacterial growth in the water. Singapura cats love to have their water bowls located in different areas throughout the house. The natural feline instincts tell them to avoid drinking water from the same location they feed to avoid any infection from the pray they feed on in nature. Therefore don't be surprise that they will prefer their drinking bowls far away from where the feeding bowls are placed.
5. Litter Box
Use cat litter that is made with NO silica dust and NO sodium bentonite. Silica is a mineral that is often found in clay cat litter. Silica dust is not biodegradable, and it's a known cancer-causing agent. Your cat can stir up silica dust every time it scratches in the litter box. Using a hypoallergenic cat litter reduces the danger from silica dust for your cat, and for you. Bentonite is a litter additive that is extremely absorbent and porous clay that helps to "clump" around moisture. When cats lick their paws, they digest sodium bentonite and resolute in heavy blockage in their digestive systems.
7. Caring for the good health of your kitten:
By adopting a kitten from us he/she will have two sets of FVRCP shots of NON ADJUVANT Vaccination. At the age of 12 months you can have your vet administer another booster shot and a Rabies shoot if absolutely required but make sure they are not given on the same day. It brings a lot of stress to their immune system. You might have to explain to your vet that you need only one shot at the time, and next one should be at least after 4 weeks. Some vets might not understand since they don't work often with small breeds like Singapuras.
The booster shoots (FVRCP or F3/ 3 - Way) are required in 12 months time and then every 3 to 5 years there after. Your cat as an INSIDE only cat does not need annual vaccinations.
The preferred vaccination for Felines (including Rabies) should not contain an adjuvants, so please ask your vet for the safer vaccinations for your kitties.
Great link on vaccinations is attached for your convenience to learn more: http://www.catinfo.org/?link=vaccines
Teeth cleaning and gum massage are very important and probably best achieved by supplying your kitten with the appropriate things to chew on. This helps exercise the teeth and gums.
If there are fleas about, they will find a way onto your cat's coat and soon invade your home too. There are excellent flea control products available that are safe, effective and easy to use. These are administered in a variety of ways. Use flea control products specifically designed for cats. Some common flea control products made for dogs are extremely toxic in cats!
The most common intestinal worms affecting cats are roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Worms are a common cause of ill health in pets and can result in a loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. So ask you Vet if you see any of the symptoms in your kitten. All kittens in our cattery are treated for worms as a preventions as well as all our adult cats.
Mosquitoes spread heartworm when they bite. A cat affected by heartworm will have an infestation of long thin worms (up to 30cm in length!) lodged in the heart and vessels that feed on surrounding blood. There is no approved treatment for feline heartworm disease so prevention is essential to give your cat the best chance of a long and healthy life. Again please make sure they are kept INSIDE ONLY.
BIG NO to Declawing
Declawing is pretty much an American thing. It's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed" inhuman" and "unnecessary multination". In European country it is illegal. I applaud their attitude. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". Imagine yourself without finger and toe nails. Your cat's body is perfectly designed to give it the grace, agility and beauty that are unique to felines. Its claw are an important part of their body. Amputating the part of their anatomy drastically alters the conformation of their feet what in result may lead to change of their personality and behavior. The cat is also deprived from its primary means of defense, leaving it prey to predators if it ever escapes to the outdoors.
DO NOT give unprescribed medications to your cat without checking with your vet first.
The following is a list of foods that cats should never eat:
Onions, Garlic, & Related Root Vegetables -onions contain a substance (N-propyl disulphide), which destroys red blood cells in the cat, causing a form of anemia called Heinz body anemia. Garlic contains a similar substance in a lesser amount.
Green Tomatoes, Green (raw Potatoes) -these foods are members of the Solanaceae family of plants, which includes the Deadly Nightshade, and contain a bitter, poisonous alkaloid called Glycoalkaloid Solanine, which can cause violent lower gastrointestinal symptoms. The leaves and stems are particularly toxic. (Tomatoes in pet foods are ripe, and should cause no concern because they appear in relatively small amounts)
Chocolate- it's becoming more widely known that chocolate is very toxic to both cats and dogs. Chocolate is made from the fruit (beans) of the cacao tree. Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is a toxic compound in chocolate. Caffeine is also present in chocolate and a toxic component, but in much smaller amounts than Theobromine. Both Theobromine and Caffeine are members of a drug class called Methylxanines.
Theobromine and caffeine effects on the body:
Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant
Increase blood pressure (mild)
Nausea and vomiting
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification in the form of a tiny chip, which is implanted under the skin. It doesn’t hurt the cat or bother him afterwards. Registration details are kept with Central Animal Records and can be updated by the owner. For additional $30 fee this can be done at the cattery.
We use Pro ID Mini Microchip will help you reunite with a lost furry friend!
Silly Singa Sleeping pose !!!
6. Kittens at play
Environment enrichment is essential to help direct your kitten’s playful behavior to desirable objects.
We recommend that you provide your cat a scratching post “asap” to direct your kitten scratching habits. Lattice balls, furry mice, balls, toys like fish on strings are all designed especially for the development of your kitten’s co-ordination and will provide them with hours of fun and play. Laser light toys are always welcomed !!!
Use ‘Earth-Friendly' Hypoallergenic Cat Litter -this cat litter includes biodegradable materials such as those made of wood or paper. These can be useful if you want an earth-friendly or a potentially flushable product. They are generally available at specialty pet stores.
Personally I am not a big fan of any clumping litters including the one made out of "organic materials" like corn or wheat, as they still have the clumping features to it and can cause accumulation and blockages in the cats digestive system. In addition to the above, all those organic materials promotes growth of bacteria and/or viruses spread as it's not artificial material.
We use Feline Pine & Newspaper pallets for all our cats and kittens, it is all natural and won't get between their toes or harm them in any way!!!!
The best brand we currently use for couple years now is SO PHRESH. We also use the crystals the same brand. They are the best on the market.
We also recommend using Cat Genie (picture on the left) self flushing and cleaning cat litter that you can keep it very sterile and convenient to your cats daily needs.
Kittens can also have free access to dry kibbles (as per recommendation in the Cat Food section) in between their meals (three times a day or more) you will have a sample of this food when you receive your kitten. Also the best treat on the planet for all four leg friends is freeze dried meat -there are plenty of new brands that makes those pure proteins snacks, check the shelves of the local pet store or look for them online. Some good recommendations are noted in the Cat Food section on this website.
4. Sleeping Quarters
Provide a bed, basket or box to curl-up in. Kittens love warmth so make sure the new bed is cozy and inviting. The Singapura cat LOVES WARMTH all year round. Investing in a pet safe electrically heated beds will bring a lot of comfort to your little Singapura friend. Please choose option that are proved to be safe for pets.
You may decide that you want your kitten to sleep in your bedroom with you. At first your kitten may find it difficult to find its way around the new house at night and can injure itself falling off the bed. It is best to start your kitten sleeping in a safe secure place until it is old enough to stay out of harms way.