::: KITTEN'S OPERATING MANUAL ;) - KITTENS AT NEW
our kittens leave home, they are independent and litterbox trained -
cats are very clean animals so they start using litterbox before they
learn to walk properly:-). Our kittens eat high quality dry cat food
of Super Premium class (Royal Canin, Best Choice, Sanabelle, Mastery,
Purina Pro Plan, Hills and the like) to which they have full access
at all times. Twice a day they receive one of the following: raw beef
or turkey (deep-frozen for four days to kill all parasites), boiled
wall-eye pollock or hake, cottage cheese (usually they prefer cream
cheese) and occasionally cooked meat. They also eat fish or meat with
rice or pasta and dried vegetables - the right proportions are 2/3 of
fish or meat and 1/3 of rice or pasta and vegetables. We also give them
raw yolk or whole boiled egg, UHT cream, powdered milk for kittens and
baby food (Gerber and the like). They also receive a little of Salvikal
- Bogena calcium preparation. Sometimes we give them tidbits with vitamins
- Beaphar, Bogena, Gimpet or Sanal. They love them but please do remembered
that too much of vitamins is nearly as bad as too little, and if the
kittens receive dry food of good quality, no other vitamins' preparations
are necessary - occassionally you can sprinkle a little on the dry food
but not obligatory.
THE FOLLOWING FOOD SHOULD BE AVOIDED: pork, raw or smoked fish, cured
meat, raw beef if not deep-frozen for at least four days, milk and spicy
KITTENS SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE FREE ACCESS TO FRESH WATER.
If you plan to change the diet, you should do it gradually, carefully
watching the kitten's reaction. It may be especially
violent in case of canned cat food. This kind of food generally makes
stool more loose, stinking and more frequent and as there are known
cases of allergy we recommend to give it only occassionally and choosing
high quality one like Sheba or Animonda instead of the popular Whiskas
DANGEROUS PLANTS. kittens often try to eat plants so if you have any
of the highly poisonous ones like diffenbachia, oleander or ivy, please
remove them for the cat's safety sake.
DANGEROUS ITEMS. All sorts of balls of wood, spools of thread, small
and sharp items like thumbtack may turn up very dangerous - kittens
may choke on them or get them entangled in their bowels. Watch out for
the live current cables - cats love to chew them and may get accidently
WINDOWS. Norwegian Forest cats are very prying and excellent mousers
so they can easily jump out of the window or balcony after a bird or
a fly. Therefore ALL WINDOWS AND BALCONIES SHOULD BE WELL PROTECTED
TO AVOID SUCH ACCIDENTS!
TENDING. Norwegian Forest cats don't need a lot of tending, but their
fur should be combed from time to time. You should regulary check the
ears and clean them if necessary and once every two or three weeks cut
the claws. If kittens are tended this way from the very beginning, they
will allow you to perform all these tasks as adult cats and often would
treat them as caress. When the cat molts or if its fur tends to mat
you should comb it more often, but remember: never comb the tail. From
time to time you can wash your cat using special dry-shampooing powder
designed for cats. Grown-up males usually have greasy fur at the base
of the tail which needs special care. You should also protect your cat
against fleas and ticks, especially if it lives together with a dog.
There are a lot of preparations on sale - we use Frontline, which is
safe, protects against fleas and kills the ones that already settled
on the cats.
VACCINATIONS. Kittens leave our house vaccinated twice and this vaccine
against cat's diseases should be repeated every year. After a quarantine
in their new home, they should also be vaccinated against rabies regularly
once a year. If you plan to take part in a cat show, please remember
that your pet should be vaccinated at least one month before the event.
Cats should be dewormed, preferably once every three months.
REGISTRATION AND CAT SHOWS. All owners who want to exhibit their cats
in a cat show have to register their animals in one of the cats' breeders
associations. The biggest of them is FIFe,
represented in Poland by Felis
Polonia with branch offices in many cities.
Photos of adult cats were taken by their owners. We are grateful for
every single one of them.