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Worming

WORMING

Regular worming is vital for cats and kittens - a kittens first wormers should be given by their breeder before you collect him/her. Thereafter they should be wormed at least every three months, especially if you have children or are regularly visited by children. Once every month a "spot on" can be given to protect your kitten/cat from round worm as well as fleas, ear mites and lung worm.

Its coming to that time of year when there will be flies around, they can bring worm eggs, as well as bacteria, and other internal parasites onto our cats food.  Worming is required even if your cat doesn't go outside.   Your footwear can also bring in unwanted parasites into your home that you cat can pick up.

Garden Snails/Slugs

Garden Slugs/Snails

If there are snail or slug trails over cat food dishes or water dishes discard the food and thoroughly clean the dishes.

Don't use anything that can be harmful to hedgehogs to control your garden slugs or snails - Diatomaceous Earth works well and doesn't harm hedgehogs, cats, dogs, or other small animals.

Snails /slugs can be dangerous to cats or kittens!

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New Kitten

Taking Home Your New Kitten

When taking home your new kitten, a stimulating environment is essential to keep your kitten physically fit and healthy. Toys you can dangle for him/her to chase around - keep him/her busy and active with toys he/she can play with on his/her own, as well as lots of interactive games with you. Toys need to encourage natural behaviour such as hunting, running, pouncing, leaping, grabbing, and even biting. A cat activity centre is essential for hybrids such as bengals, savannahs and Marguerites, and Toygers also enjoy lots of activity.

Teach your new kitten by rewards - create new habits by giving rewards - Hybrids are a little selfish and very inquisitive and will happily go to your work surface and anywhere else you may visit.  So with each visit give your kitten his/her reward on the floor, so that their habit is to look for their treat rather than to see what you are up to.  This way they are less likely to think of their food being on the worktop and more…

Claw Clipping/Trimming

Having spent time getting your cat used to having his paws and toes being touched and gently rubbed it now time to trim his claws. Hold him on your knew or beside you or over your friends shoulder, whichever is best for you and your cat - Tim will hold the cat over his shoulder if the cat isn't sure, or cuddle the cat close to him to give the cat confidence. Then, gently resting your cats toes on your fingers putting gentle pressure on the toe unsheath his claw, not forgetting rewarding him with kind words of encouragement. Gently touch the claw clipper to the claw and cut the dead part of the claw off (usually the hooked part). Only cut the tip of the claw, being careful to avoid the sensative quick. If you cut too close and cause bleeding - DON'T PANIC! Place the tip of the bleeding claw into some strong salt solution to stop the bleeding and help prevent infection setting in. NEVER HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR CATS PAWS/TOES.

Preparation/training before clipping cats claws

Its a good idea to clip your cats claws when he/she is relaxed so get your cat used to having his/her paws touched by gently touching and rubbing his/her paws when he is relaxed. Ensure you have good qulaity sharpe clippers that are the correct size for your cat - not too small as they will pinch the claw and cause discomfort to your cat. Practice gently resting your cats toes on your fingers putting gentle pressure on the toe to unsheath his claws, not forgetting rewarding him with kind words of encouragement. NEVER HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR CATS PAWS/TOES.