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New Siberian Kitten to Newbie!

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by LadyHades, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. LadyHades

    LadyHades PetForums Newbie

    Dec 1, 2018
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    Hello everyone.

    I’m from the UK and I’m going to be welcoming a beautiful little girl to my family in 2019, she’ll be 4 months. I’ve researched Siberian’s and have got a pretty decent picture but I’d love some advice from you experienced owners.

    I realize every cat is different but I’d like to ask:

    (1) What litter box would you recommend? Best for the cat type and reducing odours would be much appreciated! I know Siberian’s are a medium - large breed but as babies they’re still so small so I’m not sure if a kitten would be able to get in and out of a covered in box?

    (2) On that note, what litter would be the best suited to long haired cats and have a good quality odour control?

    (3) I know they’re ‘supposed’ to be hypoallergenic but is there any products (sprays, shampoos etc) that can help those with allergies? Any personal experiences here? I have some friends with allergies so I’d love some advice!

    (4) Does anyone have any advice/experience of introducing my new kitty to my 4 year old beagle? He’s a big softie but will want to play! I’ve taught him to be gentle with my toddler but a little kitty is a different ball game.

    (5) Anyone who has dogs + cats, do your dogs ever try to eat your cat’s food/litter? If they do best way to stop this?

    (6) Sleeping arrangements - should I keep kitty in a bed near her litter box or keep her bed in my room and litter box downstairs? I was going to keep the litter box in our downstairs bathroom as it’s well ventilated and tiled.

    (7) Should I stick with the breeder’s food choice or is there a better choice for this particular type of cat?
  2. jadeh31

    jadeh31 PetForums Senior

    Aug 31, 2017
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    I can't answer all of your questions. I have two Norwegian forests and I went for covered litter trays and I really didn't want to go with any other option. Unfortunately my boy didn't like being enclosed in and with his tail touching the roof and sides as he grew he was always getting his toilet stuck to his tail. Lids came off trays and iv had no more problems. So I'm having to live with lids off. Which means a little more vaccuming and scooping more often. You will probably just have to go with options kitten likes best. I use greenwood's litter which is plant based. It does track a bit but they like it and I don't get any odour from it
  3. AHCat

    AHCat PetForums Newbie

    Dec 22, 2018
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    I am getting two Siberian kittens in February. I have never had this breed before, so would love any tips that anyone could tell me about them. They are brother and sister (they will be fixed asap, so hoping this wont be a problem!) Can anyone recommend some good products to buy for Siberians? In particular I am looking for recommendations on a sturdy scratching post that will be suitable for two adult siberians (when they are grown).
  4. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

    Jan 26, 2012
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    These people make excellent scratchers. You need something tall enough for them to stretch right up.

  5. MoochH

    MoochH Mum to Moochie

    Aug 22, 2012
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    F30FE55E-1BC5-4FA3-AFFE-81076AA81272.jpeg Lucky you! My friend has two and they are total cuddle monsters!

    She recommends the wave type scratchers as well as a tree but you need a fairly large one with these cats. I’m not sure where this is from but happy to ask if you are interested.
  6. Rufus15

    Rufus15 Banned

    Dec 4, 2015
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    A kitten is quite able to get in and out of a covered litter tray. For my Maine Coons, I have a large corner tray and regular hooded trays, the important thing for them is room to turn, and enough height for their heads. Often a large storage box without the lid works just as well.

    Lots of different recommendations for this but I use Super Benek Corn from Zooplus. I found it tracks the least, and covers smells well. It generally also doesn't get stuck in their fur

    Baths once a month, and weekly hoovering of your soft furnishing. I suppose it depends on how severe your friends' allergies are and how often will they stay, will they sleep over, etc.

    A well socialised, outgoing kitten from a reputable, ethical breeder should have relatively few problems being introduced to a dog. I would crate your dog for the first few intros, so the kitten can get their smell over everything first and feel like they own the space. In all intros, make sure you give your kitten lots of easily accessible high up spaces to get away from your pooch, and of course make sure your pooch can't follow

    You could put the tray in a room with a closed door and a hole cut in the bottom for the kitten to access but not the dog, or you could install a baby gate in the doorway

    It's usually best to designate a space for the kitten to toilet from the get go, you can ask for some soiled litter from the breeder to help your kitten find their way. Never put a bed, food, or water in a toileting area

    Stick to the same food for about a week to two weeks, and then gradually transition over. Raw is the best type of food for cats, which you can buy online and it's delivered frozen. Following that is a good quality wet with 70% meat as a minimum. This rules out shop-bought food, most of us buy online from places like Zooplus, Bitiba, or Zoofast. Try not to feed dry if you can help it, it's full of sugars and carb fillers which cats can't digest

    Hope that helps :)
  7. SuboJvR

    SuboJvR Joey’s Mummy

    Mar 28, 2018
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    Cats can be picky about litter boxes - so they may be happy to use a covered litter box initially but might 'outgrow' it, even if they're not that big. Just being close to the top of the box can be enough to put them off - we realised quite quickly that Joey wasn't fond of the lid on his (he would never poop in his covered box, would always go upstairs). And his covered tray was actually very big and he was only maybe 5-6 months when he stopped using it! So we have high sided litter boxes now.

    I would say she needs two litter boxes minimum though. As my story shows, cats can even prefer to poop in one and pee in the other (Joey does mix and match, and he still favours upstairs, but uses the downstairs one if he needs). Far better to have too many boxes than too little! ;)

    When she's a bit bigger she will need a big cat tree to climb, something sturdy as Siberians are large breeds.

    We got this


    And we love it. Joey isn't a Siberian, but he is large, and we realised when looking at cat trees that he just wouldn't fit in a lot of the beds etc on them. This is a great size and very very sturdy thanks to the wide base, he flies up and down it!
  8. bluecordelia

    bluecordelia Footy

    Jan 5, 2014
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    Hi and welcome
    I would say2/3 litter boxes
    I used a clumping litter and you get what you pay for. I used nature’s best.

    Buy ceramic food bowls not plastic and wash them with soapy washing up liquid.

    You need a good hoover. I have a vac but people use stains and Miele. You can dry and damp dust to pick up dander.

    I don’t wash/ bathe my cats. Get your kitten used to grooming ASAP. I use a zoom groom. Also see if you are ok to trim their front claws from the get go. You need s good scratching post.

    My 2 cats were older than the dog but you need to keep them separate IMO at first. If the dog is excited or a terrier it’s a risk.

    I feed raw and good quality wet food only. No treats or dry. I add water to wet food as cats are terrible drinkers. Look at complete wet food like Feringa, thrive, macs etc
    Hope this helps
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