Frequently Asked Questions & Some Not So Frequently Asked but Should Be.
What medical/health procedures will my kitten have had when I get it?
Your kitten will have been wormed and defleaed, had a full veterinarian exam, been desexed (spay or neuter) as well as having the following innoculations:
Do you microchip my kitten?
No, not routinely because your kitty should be indoor only. However, there are some people that want or need the assurance that their kitten can't accidentally get out so we offer microchipping as an option. The cost for the microchip is $50.00 and will be done at the time of your kitten's well baby vet check.
What should I do to prepare for my kitten?
Getting a new kitten is like preparing for a human baby. Kittens are curious and mischevious and will explore locations that you thought were safe. Some Raggies have been known to open cabinet doors, so you will want to find a way to secure anything that may be harmful. Also, you want to protect (I suggest removing them for a while) precious items and heirlooms that your kitten might find entertaining.
You will want to get your litter box, litter, food and water dishes, food, and most importantly toys ready. Your kitten's favorite toys are actually relatively cheap: crumpled up paper, empty cardboard boxes, ping pong balls, small rattle mice, and plastic springs.
Please! No LASER PEN LIGHTS!!! Cats are animals of prey and chasing the laser light may look like fun for you and your cat but it leaves them totally unsatisfied and has been known to make some cats neurotic.
What kind of litter is my kitten used to?
Your kitten has been raised on pine litter, which is readily available at a farm supply store as pellet bedding, or as Feline Pine Litter (but for a lot more money) at Target & Walmart. The beauty of the pine litter is that it is biodegradable which most of the other litters are not, it has a natural deodorizer from the pine, it does not create dust like the other litters do, and is inexpensive. That said, it is very easy to convert your kitten over to regular clumping litter of your choice.
What kind/brand of food is my kitten eating?
Your kitten is eating Science Diet Kitten (dry). It self weaned from its mother and has had this dry food available to it for 24 x 7. Any other high end kitten food will work, like Royal Canin, both of which can be purchased either through Amazon, a pet store or your veterinarian. It is suggested if you change foods that you phase the old one out and the new one in. We do not feed wet food to our cats and kittens. This is a matter of personal preference but the crunchy food helps clean their teeth.
Continue to feed the kitten food until your kitten is at least a year old. Ragdolls mature slowly so you feed the kitten food until your baby is 15 months old. At that point, I do a mix, all with Science Diet brand that includes these three: Healthy Weight, Hairball, and Oral Care.
Do you ship? What should I know about the shipping procedure?
Yes, we do. We use Hawaiian Airlines Cargo exclusively, shipping out of Kona where the employees are very familiar with our kittens.
We take food away from your kitten by 9:00 p.m. the night before your kitten's flight to reduce the possibility of it pooping in the carrier. Cats like to be clean and being in a confined area with poop stresses them, and won't be the most pleasant experience when you pick up your new baby. Also, they will be hungry and you become the great hero that rescued them and are giving them love and fuel.
They always have water. That is never taken away. However, in spite of us providing water in their crate when we hand them over at the airport, often the water just swishes out of the water dish. This means that the absorbent material in their crate is likely to be wet and it may not be because they peed. Or it could be both.
Another thing we do just prior to shipping them is to give them a pill called Capstar as an extra layer of protection. Your kitten could come in contact with fleas during their journey to you since the airlines transports other animals in the same plane. Capstar kills adult fleas within 30 minutes but it is only good for 24 hours and it won't kill eggs. If you find dead fleas in your carrier, you might want to watch for any young fleas that would hatch in 10 days. This has only happened a couple of times, but we wanted to make you aware of the possibility.
We put three layers of obsorbent material in the bottom of your kitten's crate and tape each layer to the side. This way, you have the opportunity to remove a layer (actually two) if it becomes wet (or worse) during transport.
You will pick your kitten up from HAWAIIAN AIR CARGO, not baggage claim. In theory you will need to present ID to the airport official, although we've had some people not get asked. I will send you your Airway Bill Number for your kitten along with the flight information prior to your kitten leaving here.
Last thing, but this is a biggie. Would you please send me a text when you get your kitten? I've never had any shipping problems, but it doesn't stop me from worrying until I know you have your new kitty.
How do I help my kitten adjust to its new home?
Helping your kitten adjust and be part of its forever family is a concern for most new parents. There are some simple ways to make this transition be smoother.
Start the kitten off in a small room - your bathroom is the best. Remove as many extraneous items as possible, although the bathmat if it is soft makes a great bed.
Make sure your kitten has all of its necessities: food, water, litter box and toys. Try to put the food and water as far from the litter box as possible.
Keep the door closed.
Regularly go into the room, pick the kitten up, cuddle, pet and coddle. Put it back down if it starts to squirm. Talk to it sweetly and leave the room. Repeat this as often as possible. Your kitten will soon be excited to see you come in and will stop trying to hide behind the toilet or in the shower.
Once the kitten is feeling confident, increase the area it has access to, but not the whole house if it is avoidable.
Wait until the kitten is feeling confident before introducing any other household pets. There are some wonderful youtubes available that discuss options for the meet and greet procedures.