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Your New Siamese Kitten - Our Kitten's in Your Hands

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Finding your new Siamese Kitten

The GCCF run an approved breeder scheme

Click on the GCCF link top left, to visit their site, you will find a list of approved breeders

When contacting a breeder - Ask the right questions.

A responsible breeder:-

will not sell a kitten until it reaches at least 13 weeks, of age. (GCCF regulations). At this age the kitten will have had a week to recover from their second vaccination. The mother cat is still teaching her kittens social skills.

will have ensured their kittens receive 2 health checks by a vet and be fully vaccinated at around 9 and 12 weeks of age. You will be given a vaccination certificate signed by a vet.

will invite you to see the kittens in their home enviroment with their Mother present when the kittens are around 6 weeks of age. Father may/may not be present as the queen is often taken to the stud of another breeder. However, the breeder should have the sires mating certificate and a 4/5 generation pedigree for you to see.

will usually be affiliated to a Siamese Breed Club, in our case, the (Northern Siamese and Oriental Cat Society)

will register the kitten with the GCCF (The Governing Council for the Cat Fancy). TICA(The International Cat Association) is another registrative body. The kitten will be given a unique registration number. Breeders registering their kittens have to conform to certain standards. You will be given a registration certificate. If your kitten is not registered it is not a Pedigree Kitten and cannot be called a Siamese.

will ensure that the new owners are given information detailing their 4/5 generation pedigree, health records - worming details, flea treatments, information on the kittens feeding schedule and what the kitten is being fed (changing their diet suddenly will cause health problems).

will encourage the new owner to contact them once they are in their new homes to give feedback on their kittens progress.

If the breeder does not abide by all of the above points they may well be a "back-street breeder" and you could be buying yourself a whole lot of very expensive vet bills, trouble and heartache.

We are happy to give further impartial advice to anyone thinking of buying a kitten telephone us on 01332 556258 or drop me an email.

Feeding your Kitten

From weaning onwards we endeavour to feed our kittens a variety of foods - wet tinned/packet food, dry biscuits and fresh cooked food. We do this so that when they go to their forever homes they will be accustomed to a variety of flavours and textures.

Your breeder should give advice about what foods your kitten has been fed. Do not change the diet immediately as this will cause diahorrea and stomach upsets. If you want to change the kittens diet do it gradually, introducing the new food over several days.

Access to Fresh water at all times, is essential

Milk - Do Not feed milk or dairy products, it is not an appropriate food for kittens they lack the enzymes to digest the lactose and can cause diarrhoea. Siamese, Bengals and cats of foreign variety are particularly intolerant. Cats who do tolerate milk should not be given it as a substitute for water.

Commercial Pet Foods - Commercial cat foods can be excellent; give your kitten different flavours and varieties of good quality cat foods or complete dry diets, which have all the necessary nourishment and vitamins in the correct proportions. Use a product that is designed especially for kittens.

Kittens weaning 1 - 9 months - Feed Kitten varieties

Cats 9 months - 7 years - Feed Adult Cat varieties

Cats 7 years plus - Feed Senior Cat varieties

kittens feeding

Fresh Food - Meat - If you feed your kitten/cat only fresh meat you will need to add supplements as meat lacks some of the vital vitamins that are added to commercial products and are essential for the good health and well-being of your kitten/cat. If unsure ask your vet. Chicken, rabbit, turkey, beef will be enjoyed by your kitten/cat. Take care to remove any bones especially in chicken and rabbit as these may splinter and cause problems. A larger non-splintery bone is good for a kitten to chew, especially when it is teething at 5-6 months.

Be aware that Liver can be addictive to your cat/kitten and they may refuse to eat anything else. Liver contains high levels of vitamin A, which if eaten to excess can cause fusion in the bones of the spine resulting in the cat being unable to move its neck.

Fresh Food - Fish should not be the sole diet of your kitten/cat and should not be fed too frequently. They will enjoy most white fish, tuna sardines and pilchards as an occasional treat, however, cats fed on a fish only diet get a disease called pansteatitis or "yellow fat disease".

Litter Training

Your kitten should be fully litter trained when it arrives as Mum will have trained them to use the litter box at a very young age as she does not want them to soil the nest. Ask the breeder what litter they are used to. Try to use the same litter to begin with and if you want to change do it gradually. We use wood litter for our kittens. There are many varieties of litter available its a personal preference really.

Neutering (Males) Spaying (Females)

Nuetering Kittens
Unless your kitten is registered on the active register, nuetering or spayng should be done at an early age to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to protect your pet against tumours of the reproductive organs. Early neutering/spaying also improves behaviour by reducing roaming, urine marking, and aggression between male animals. Neutered/spayed pets generally live longer. Failing to neuter/spay can greatly affect the quality and length of your pet's life. Discuss the right age to neuter/spay your pet with your vet. For Siamese kittens we recommend around 5 to 7 months of age but ask your vets advice.

Socialising Kittens

we love each other now

When introducing a new kitten/cat into a home with resident cat/s there is usually some initial friction and territorial issues. The existing cat/s may see the kitten as an invader and seek to 'see it off'.

After arriving home with your new kitten put it into a small quiet room with a litter tray and a bowl of water and leave it for an hour or so to settle down. Put the resident cat/s in another room then swap them over. This allows both cat/s and kitten to become accustomed to each other's smell and the general house smell too. Swapping them over several times is ideal but eventually they will need to meet, under supervision.

There may still be hostility but as long as there is no actual fighting they should settle down in about 3 days to a week and hopefully become good friends.

Pay special attention to the resident cat/s and give extra fuss to avoid creating jealousy.

Cats Age Calculator

If you want to know the age of your cat in human years try the calculator below

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