Food, Treats, & Water

Have you ever gone to your local pet store only to find yourself having that "deer in the headlights" look as you scan walls full of choices for food, litter and everything else you can imagine? Which food should you use? Is there really much difference? On this page we'll give you a few pointers based on our experience including our official recommendations.

Which food to use can be one of the hardest decisions to make after you've finally picked the perfect kitten to join your home. We always want the best food for our beloved kitten, but how do we pick what is best? There are so many different recommendations - wet food, a low grain food, no corn, a food with a lot of research behind it, etc. It seems that everyone you ask will have a different opinion. After trying countless brands of food we have finally decided to recommend Royal Canin or Science Diet for your kitten. We learned that research and many years of producing quality food for pets has a lot of benefits - even if the food does contain some corn. We now use Royal Canin for all of our cats in the cattery and have been very pleased with it so far. We have used Science Diet in the recent past and we were very pleased with it as well.

We have tried several different treats with our cats, but our favorite is Greenies pill pockets in the chicken flavor. We usually split a pill pocket into pieces and just give a small piece each day, so they last longer. Our cats like them a lot, better than any treat we have used so far! Plus, they also make giving pills a lot easier if you ever need to do that. The cats see pill time as a treat. We usually drop the covered pill in the back of the mouth, so they don't get the idea to lick the treat off the pill and spit the pill out. They don't seem to mind pills at all after we started using this trick!

Wet food
We don't use wet food on a regular basis, but we recommend giving it as a treat once a week or once a month. This will help your kitten/cat develop a taste for wet food in case they need to eat wet food for medical reasons when they are older. Some cats will refuse wet food even if they need it unless they have been taught from a young age that it is good for eating.

When raising the kittens we use both bowls and fountains for water. This way they are ready for whatever home situation they go to. Bowls are relatively easy to use and we make sure to provide clean bowls of fresh water on a regular basis. The fountains are a good option for water - and our cats love to drink from them. They can be a little time consuming to keep clean - but we have figured out some ways to make the process simpler. To keep a fountain clean, make sure to change the filter at the appropriate time - each brand of fountain has a different time frame for changing the filter. Placement is also important. Try to place a fountain away from litter boxes, food, and other sources of dirt (like the back door). This will help the water stay cleaner longer. When the fountain does need to be cleaned (usually once a week here, but we have a lot of cats) - take the whole thing apart and throw it in the dishwasher. You will also need to take the pump apart. Our fountain's pump has several little pieces that come off so you can wash it all very well. I throw everything in the dishwasher that I can (using little baskets for the tiny pieces). I then clean the rest of the pump with warm water and dish soap, making sure to rinse it very well when I'm done. I use pipe cleaners to clean the small spaces, making sure to get every spot clean. After the dishwasher is done - it is ready to put out again. This method saves a lot of time and gets the fountain much cleaner than could be accomplished by hand.

We use only reverse osmosis water for all of our cats and kittens. Reverse osmosis water can help prevent cats from forming mineral crystals and stones in their bladder. While crystals can be normal, some cats might have trouble with crystals (ranging from bladder discomfort to serious life threatening urethra blockages) and it is worth helping prevent them. If you have questions about reverse osmosis water and the benefits to your cat, please speak with your veterinarian.

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