Our Suggestions for Kitten/Cat Care
First week home
Keeping your kitten in one room of the house (where a litter box will be) for the first week may be helpful to some households, particularly those with multiple pets. This will give your kitten a chance to adjust to the new home, bond with owners and identify the location of the litter box. You should place your kitten in the litter box several time over the first couple of days to ensure the kitten knows where it is. When introducing your kitten to other pets make sure you go slowly and with care to ensure first visits do not result in harm.
First Vet Appointment
We feel very strongly that it is important for you to have your kitten examined by your vet soon after they arrive at their new home. As our contract states kittens/cats must have a thorough veterinarian examination within 72hours of going to their new home. If you do not have your kitten/cat vet checked within 72 hours your contract will become invalid and you will be considered in breach of contract.
You will receive a copy of your kittens/cats Health Certificate along with vaccination records from us at pick up, you should bring these to your vet so that they can have current information on your kitten/cat. Please be sure to only vaccinate with Nobivac Feline 1-HCP ( Eclipse 3 )
Never give Feline Leukemia or FIP vaccines to your kittens/cats. FIP vaccines are often fatal if your kitten/cat has ever been exposed to the corona virus, which 90% of cats in a multiple cat households have been exposed to the corona virus. Also never give two different vaccinations on the same day unless it is a combo vaccine. It is too difficult for little kittens and many cats have had severe reactions when receiving multiple vaccinations on the same day. Please read our contract for proper vaccines .
We are very concerned about "over-vaccinating" cats and suggest that you request a titer test be done annually to see if vaccinations are necessary.
These breeds burn a lot of energy that is why they require more food than other cats. They eat very quickly and mostly everything, they are not very picky. We are currently feeding Purina ONE Healthy Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food . We purchase this food online from chewy . We can feed as occasional treat , we also order this from chewy.com . DO NOT SWITCH FOOD ABRUPTLY ! We suggest you keep kittens food same way for at least 2 months of leaving Streaking Sphynx . Make sure in the beginning to feed your kitten "Mini Meals " Kittens that come from large litters are use to rushing to eat . Take your kittens daily recommended amount of kibble food( on back of the bag ) and divide into 4 small meals .
Probiotics are a great supplement for your kittens digestive tract. We use Xtrabloom Digest Aid which we purchase at kittybloom.com it comes in a powder form and can be mixed with their food add this to diet slowly if you wish to use.
Feeding table scraps can result in cats that are harder to keep off the dining table. Never feed your kitten from the table or from your plate. One time can cause a lifelong manners issues.
We use the Tidy Cat Instant Action Cat Litter. We have tried many litters and find this to work best with our kittens . For litter box we suggest a high side non hooded box your kitten can easly jump inside.
Your kitten will be accustomed to this system please do not make any sudden switches to a new kitty litter as anything new and unfamiliar may cause your kitten to avoid the litter box.
What you will need:
Johnson's baby head-to-toe wash
Plastic Cup to apply rinse water
These breeds naturally produce oils on the skin, nails and in the ears. We suggest bathing using Johnson's baby head-to-toe wash since it is gentle. Place a hand towel in the sink and fill the sink to 2 inches or so with warm water. Fill the second sink partially full with warm water. Once the water is ready and the faucet is turned off place the kitten in the sink holding their chest and front feet with one hand. Start by wiping the face and eye gently with a dampened washcloth (do not use soap on face). Next apply some of the Johnson's baby head-to-toe wash and gently rub into the back, belly, legs & tail with the exfoliating gloves. Make sure you wash the kittens bottom gently at the end. Take care to rinse the kitten well using the clean water in the second sink. For a special treat, taking a hot towel right out of the dryer to wrap the kitten after washing will help encourage your kitten to enjoy bath time. Wrap your kitten up snugly like a little burrito and proceed with gently cleaning the ears and trimming & cleaning nails (see info on Ears & Nails below).
Please remember that a Sphynx can be over-washed. This causes the cat to produce excessive amounts of oil. When a cat is over producing oil it is possible for the cat to “brown up” in less than 24 hours after being bathed. Less is more in Bathing your Sphynx we have some cats we only bath once yearly .
Kittens ears are cleaned weekly once they turn 5 weeks. Even with weekly cleaning I don't think any kitten/cat likes have their ears messed with, but they do tolerate it! :)
What you will need:
Qtips (for Elf Cats & Dwelfs we purchase thin Qtips on ebay to help get into the narrow folds)
Vetericyn Ear Rinse or Green Tea Ear Rinse
Swaddle your kitten in a towel so they are immobilized, but with their head exposed. Dampen a make-up pad with Vetericyn Ear Rinse. Place in kitten ear and massage to help get Vetericyn into folds. Use a q-tips to remove ear wax from the outer ear. Do NOT place the q-tip in the ear canal itself. Repeat for other ear.
We trim & clean nails weekly, your kitten will be used to having their nails trimmed & cleaned. We suggest that while you relax at night with your new kitten that you touch and play with the kittens feet so that they don't think whenever you touch their feet you are going to be trimming and/or cleaning.
What you will need:
Sit your kitten/cat in your lap in a sitting position, leaning back onto you. Starting with the front paws, grasp your kitten/cat’s paw firmly and press to extend claw. Take your nail clippers and quickly and confidently snip the end off of the nail (avoiding the blood vessel). Repeat for all nails. If you are quick and confident your kitten/cat should still be relaxed
Go back to the front paws and with a baby wipe grasp a nail between thumb and forefinger, rubbing the nail to remove the brown nail oil build-up. Ensure that you clean all of the dark waxy build-up from under the nail folds.Repeat for each toenail until all are completed. If the brown gunk is not all coming off, use a fingernail protected by the baby wipe to scrape at it.
Hairless breeds tend to get eye boogers as they do not have eyelashes to protect their eyes from dirt. Wipe their eyes gently with a cotton ball dipped in warm water to remove boogers. If you notice redness, swelling or yellow discharge get in touch with your vet.
Hairless kittens may have brown stains on their teeth when young. This is VERY common! It is caused by the oils on the mothers skin when they are nursing. When the kitten loses their baby teeth their adult teeth will come in pearly white!
Upper Respiratory Infection
Kittens may stress when going to a new home. Occasionally they can start to sneeze, cough or have runny sore eyes when entering a new environment. If this occurs they should be seen by a vet immediately. Kittens can get very sick, very quickly if not treated promptly.
We recommend L-lysine for all of our kittens/cats. L-lysine is a supplement that helps to boost the immune system. We use Kitty Bloom Super Lysine which we purchase at kittybloom.com it comes in a powder form and can be mixed with their raw food. You can also purchase L-lysine in treat form from many pet supply store . Kittens do not typically respond well to amoxicillin.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
Contact your vet immediately for watery stools or vomiting. Kitten can get dehydrated very quickly and you shouldn't delay getting them treated promptly. This can occur due to an abrupt change in their food, intestinal infection, etc.
For kittens or cats with loose stools add 100% canned pumpkin to their food. Also plain boiled chicken and white rice can help settle upset stomachs and help with loose stools.
Protection From House Hold Items
Being that sphyx are naked they enjoy snuggling up in warm places always becareful of open dryers , space heaters , window over exposure .