Ragdoll Kitten Care
Whether you’ve just adopted a Ragdoll kitty or if you are considering adopting one, here are some great tips for your Ragdoll kitten care and how to look after a ragdoll kitten.
We also cover this and more in our book, A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.
Once you have adopted a Ragdoll kitten, you will want to stay in touch with your Ragdoll breeder. Of course, finding the right breeder is absolutely crucial, so that you can maintain a relationship with them afterward.
Kitten-Proofing and Preparing Your Home
Before your Ragdoll kitten comes home, you’ll want to kitten-proof your home. It is much like baby proofing your home. Kittens are curious and mischievous. You’ll want to make sure you tie up or put away the following:
- cords on blinds
- electrical cords
- plants to nibble (could be toxic)
You’ll want to properly introduce your kitten to any resident animals in your house. The standard is to first put your kitten in a separate room in your home for 2 weeks. This is really necessary if you already have one cat. Animals are highly aware of smells that aren’t from their house. Each animal has a smell. Your kitten will come with smells from the breeder’s home. So putting your kitten in a separate room where she or he can acquire the smells of your house, will help your resident kitty accept the newcomer.
Since your kitten will be in a different room for at least one week (if this is your first animal then you will want to still keep the kitten alone in a room, so she or he can get used to the sounds and smells of your home, their new home), you’ll need to go shopping.
Be sure to have a litter box. Our litter box page has some great tips for litter boxes for bigger kitties, like Ragdolls. You’ll probably want to start out with the litter that the breeder recommends. If you already have another kitty, then you will probably want to use the litter your other cat is accustomed to, eventually. Start out with the breeder litter, then in the second week, add half the new brand of litter and have the older brand of litter, eventually going to 75% new brand of litter, 25% old brand of litter and then to 100% of your brand of litter.
Ragdoll Kitten Care: Food and Water Bowls
You’ll want to continue the food regime that the breeder recommends or that your vet recommends. If you are switching their food, you have to do it slowly, much like the litter example.
A water bowl is essential as well. You will want to get something sturdy and deep, in case your kitten likes to place with the water—so that they cannot tip it over.
You’ll want to see what the breeder has been using for toys and see what she or he suggests for your new kitty.
You will need a carrier for your kitty. If the breeder is shipping the kitten to you, then your kitten will come in a carrier when you pick it up from the airport. If you go to pick up your kitten, then you will want to bring a carrier with you. If you go to a pet store to get a carrier, be sure to get a carrier that your kitten can grow into to save money. You will want a carrier large enough for a 25 lb. animal. You can find them online as well.
Scratching is a natural habit of a cat and it is best to get them off to the right start. You will want to get a scratching post that is made from cardboard or from sisal rope. One made from carpet can be a dangerous thing because the kitten will be tempted to scratch on carpet in your home that is not a scratching post.
You’ll want to get a bed for your new kitty. Kitties like empty boxes with a small towel in the bottom of them (which can be removed for cleaning) or you can always buy a round cat bed. Kitties love to sleep in round beds.
If you don’t have a vet, you’ll want to ask your friends or neighbors with animals if they will recommend a vet for you. Once you have a vet lined up you will want to bring your new kitty to the vet. In fact, if you know the date that you will be bringing your new kitty home, then you should go ahead and schedule a vet appointment for that day or the following day. Bringing a new animal into your home is an exciting thing, but if not done properly, the new kitty can cause stress and possible bring something from their first home into your home. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Your breeder will most likely have already taken your kitten to the vet for their first round of shots and will tell you when the next round of shots are due.
- 9-10 weeks: FHV/FCV/FPV vaccine, ELISA test for FeLV, FeLV vaccine, fecal exam
- 12-14 weeks: FHV/FCV/FPV vaccine, FeLV vaccination, Rabies vaccine, fecal exam
Enjoy your new Ragdoll kitten and if you have additional recommendations for Ragdoll kitten care, please share them.
Check out our book on this subject matter – A Ragdoll Kitten Care Guide: Bringing Your Ragdoll Kitten Home.
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