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Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Seb_the_Siamese, Apr 26, 2020.


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Best litter choice?

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  3. Wood pellets

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  1. Seb_the_Siamese

    Seb_the_Siamese PetForums Junior

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm new to the forum, we're due to pick up a new Siamese kitten called Seb in two weeks time and I had a few questions! (Well these are the only ones I have urgently at the moment but I'm sure I will have more!)

    1) We've already got a bag of the litter our breeder uses, but its a clumping clay litter - I have read online that this kind of litter is bad for the kittens lungs but apparently its also the easiest to keep clean? What type of litter would you recommend - I have been reading about the virtues of wood pellet litter, it seems like a bit more work so It might be worth switching to that?

    2) Our breeder is quite the drive away - 3 and a half hours! Any tips for the car journey and how to make him comfortable? Should I refrain from petting him on the whole journey (I suspect I will find this extremely difficult!)

    3) What did you do on your kitten's first night at home? I can't imagine leaving him alone downstairs but I'm not sure I should remove him from his designated 'safe room' to let him sleep in my bedroom!

    4) What is the consensus on cat collars? I like the look of them but I have seen a lot of people be strongly opposed to them too!

    5) (Finally) In terms of a safe room, is it okay to move things out of the safe room once your cat has gotten used to the house? The two options for his first room are my bedroom and the living room - I'm not keen on keeping a litter box in my bedroom but once the cat is settled in the whole family spends most of our time in the living room!!

    Sorry for the long post but any advice you could give me on either the questions I've asked or anything else you think I might find useful would be extremely useful - I would be very grateful! I just want to do everything right for the baby boy!

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hi @Seb_the_Siamese and welcome :)

    1/ Clay clumping litter is not advisable for a kitten to use, in case they swallow any that has stuck to their paws. The stuff swells inside the body (when it comes into contact with body fluids) and has been known to cause an intestinal blockage requiring emergency surgery.

    I wouldn't switch to wood pellet litter for him. Yes, it is very cheap, and some cats like it, others don't. Ideally wood pellet litter needs using with a "sieve tray" to get the best from it. Brit-pet make the best sieve trays.

    But for a new kitten, it is best to stick to the type of litter he has been used to. To change to something very different (like wood pellets) could cause problems with litter tray avoidance and house soiling. Which could really set the little guy back.

    So I suggest you use a NON-clumping clay litter until he has settled in with you, and then gradually (one tray at a time) switch him over to a good quality fine granular clumping litter such as Cats Best Oko Plus, or Worlds Best Original. (both can be bought in bulk online much cheaper than in high street pet stores).

    But, with non-clumping clay litter you are going to need to change the tray completely every few days to keep it smelling fresh for Seb. (Clumping litter is easier to keep fresh as you just remove the clumps. With non-clumping it is difficult to see which parts are soiled, so the whole tray becomes contaminated as the soiled bits are spread around) If you have a sensitive nose you will soon notice the smell of a non clumping clay litter tray that needs changing. ;)

    He will need at least 2 litter trays but 3 is better for a youngster. Spread them around the house.

    2/ Seb must be kept in a cat carrier throughout the journey home from the breeder, not only for his safety but for the safety of the driver. Do not remove him from the carrier, you may cause him to panic and it may be hard to get him back in. My advice is for the passenger to sit next to the carrier in the back seat of the vehicle, so you can talk to him and reassure him.

    In his carrier I would put a few layers of puppy training pads (cut to fit) and then if he pees, poos or vomits on the journey (not unknown) you can stop the car, reach in to the carrier and remove the soiled pad leaving clean pads underneath.

    It is best if he does not travel with a full tummy as motion sickness is not uncommon in cats. If the breeder feeds Seb about an hour before you collect him it should be OK and he will last until you get home for his next meal.

    3/ I wouldn't leave him alone at night right away. Too lonely for him, away from his mum and siblings. Choose a safe room for him (not a bathroom) and then sleep in the room with him at night for the first week.

    4/ If he is not going outdoors he doesn't need a cat collar. I never allow my cats outdoors until they are a year old. They are too scatty before then, and take too many risks. I have a catproofed garden now so cat collars are not needed. If your plan is for Seb to roam when he is older and you want him to have a collar, then a snap release safety collar is the only type to use. Ensure it is one that snaps open easily.(some do not)

    5/ Yes, once he has settled in you can move the litter box out of his safe room. But first place an extra box in the place where you want it, and only when he is using it remove the box from his safe room. Or you may find he goes back to where it used to be and uses the same spot.

    Good luck, I hope all goes well. We will be very happy to see photos of little Seb when he arrives - we all love kittens ! :)
     
  3. Seb_the_Siamese

    Seb_the_Siamese PetForums Junior

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    Thank you so much for the advice @chillminx ! Yes - I've heard good things about cats best - its on my amazon wish list at the moment! Have also just ordered some pads to line the carrier with when we go to get him! I think ill probably sleep on the sofa downstairs till he gets used to our house :)

    Heres a pic of Seb we got from the breeder a week ago!
     

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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Aww what a cute little fellow! :) I'll look forward to maybe seeing more photos as he grows. :)
     
  5. Seb_the_Siamese

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    Another thing I just remembered (if anyone sees this!) - We're planning to keep Seb as an indoor cat - in this case, what kind of protocol should we follow for deworming and flea treatments? Some vets are offering healthcare plans that involve these treatments and I'm not sure if they're worth it!
     
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    I think many people who keep their cats indoors do not treat for worms or fleas regularly. It is fairly unlikely he would get worms if he is your only pet, or your other pets are indoors only. Worms are caught from contact with contaminated faeces of other cats, or from hunting and eating prey that has parasites.

    Surprisingly some indoor cats have been known to get fleas. If the cat lives with an animal who goes outdoors e.g. a dog, they can catch them from them. Or the fleas may be brought home on the clothes or shoes of a human who has been in contact with a cat or dog who has fleas. If that were to happen to Seb you would treat him with a spot-on such as Advantage (no need for a prescription) and then treat your home with a household insecticide.

    I doubt the vet's healthcare plan worming and flea treatments are needed for Seb. Vaccination boosters are no doubt included in the package but probably no saving on paying separately for them each year.
     
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    Seb_the_Siamese PetForums Junior

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    Thank you so much! Will keep this thread updated with pics!
     
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    @Seb_the_Siamese --- Just to add that on the off chance Seb were to catch fleas, please note that the cat flea is an intermediate host to one type of feline tapeworm. So it would be advisable if you ever had to treat Seb for fleas to also treat him at the same time for tapeworm(using a total wormer is easiest probably).
     
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    Your breeder should be able to advise and answer all questions. She knows her kittens best, how they usually travel and settle in.

    Hopefully he's from a registered breeder?
     
  10. Spangeworthy

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    I didn't want to start yet a new thread on kittens so wondered if I could gate crash this one?
    I've read most of the kitten threads I could search for on here but my remaining questions are how to help a kitten stop biting? As with many rehomed kittens j believe ours was taken from its Mum too early and has missed some socialisation period with her about scratching and biting. I do know it's inevitable with kittens, they want to play fight. But as she grows has anyone got tried and tested methods for training them out of biting and scratching us? Or just wait for her to grow out of it?
     
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    Spangeworthy PetForums Newbie

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    Apologies I've found the sticky now on this!! Oops ignore me, got my advice there
     
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