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Aureate Care sheet.

The Abyssinian or Somali cat is generally a very people oriented cat. Not necessarily a lap cat, rather a cat that likes joining in with your activities. Helping around the house, getting in the way, patting the puddles in the shower, and supervising the kitchen activities. Some even like to ride on your shoulder. If this would annoy you perhaps you should choose another breed.

These cats are most intelligent. They have empathy with their owners; you won't have to complain that no one understands you. They know when you have had a hard day. They are very good at training people! "Buyer Beware"


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INTRODUCTIONS

When settling in a new kitten with the family, be it young children or other pets, give the kitten time to get its bearings. Do not let it become overwhelmed by being handled too much, or exposed to too many new experiences at once. Like all young things it needs time to adjust and sleep undisturbed. Supervise the introductions and make sure you know how other pets will react.

DIET

A three-month-old kitten needs three meals a day. Reduce to two by six months, but increase quantities in proportion. Any food not eaten after about ten minutes should be removed. Food left standing attracts ants and flies and will go sour, causing stomach upsets.

ESSENTIAL:

ALWAYS HAVE A BOWL OF FRESH CLEAN WATER AVAILABLE.

Your kitten has been fed a mixed diet and should not be a fussy eater.

Red meat raw or cooked good quality pet meat, chuck or gravy beef, kidney, lambs hearts chopped not minced about the size of half a walnut.

White meat Chicken or rabbit if available. No cooked bones.

Cheese good source of calcium, cats love it.

I give my cats chicken wings or legs and lamb rosettes raw to chew; this type of food keeps their teeth and gums healthy.

No milk. Many cats cannot tolerate cow's milk. It gives them diarrhoea; this could kill your kitten. Proprietary brands of milk made for cats are available. You may feed any good quality name brand cat foods as these are balanced at source with all necessary vitamins and minerals. However these wet type foods need to balanced with foods that require chewing to clean the teeth and gums to prevent plaque build up. There are also a wide variety of dry foods; the cheapest in the supermarkets, however specialised pet shops and veterinarians also offer a wide variety of higher quality concentrated dry foods. These may be designed for differing ages or stages of a cat's life.

Fat. Cats need fat in their diet to keep their skin and coat in good condition. So when you are making a casserole save some of the fatty chunks with the raw meat attached to give them to chew.

Fish boiled and boned or tinned. Use tinned fish food with care. Some cats are allergic to some pet brands of fish varieties. It causes them to sneeze and get a sticky brown discharge from their eyes similar to "flu" symptoms. Also too much vitamin A may cause problems. If you are using fresh meat only, a vitamin and mineral supplement should be used. Calcium, or Ani-Vite, I use a brand called Petvite vitamin mineral powder.

Some less obvious foods cats sometimes steal, fruitcake, vegemite toast, corn on the cob, pumpkin, Weetbix. Watch your plates!

LITTER

It is essential to keep the tray clean. Remove solid matter daily, scrub out the tray at least once or twice a week. I use chook pellets made by Coprice or sterilised sawdust sold as stable bedding for the outdoor confined cats. These are both obtainable from produce stores in large bags. There are many proprietary brands of clay-based litter and some made from Lucerne or recycled paper the number of brands grow almost every year. I would not recommend, "clumping " litters, as I have heard that it swells up inside the cat if ingested. As soon as you get your kitten home show it where its tray is to be kept. Place the kitten gently on the tray. It may be gratefully used straight away after the stress of the trip home. In any case put the kitten on the tray several times over the next few hours so that there should be no mistakes. If the kitten makes a mistake such as using the wrong place, like a newspaper on the floor do not scold; place the kitten on the tray to remind it where it is. Clean the place with white vinegar in water. The cat is a clean creature and will not use a soiled tray, help encourage it to remain so, by regular tray cleaning.

GOING OUTSIDE

border=0If you have bought a kitten for breeding or showing, it is advisable to keep it indoors or in a secure run. If you allow your kitten to go outside it should only be with you, for the first few months. Cats do not have good road sense and the car is probably the number one killer. If you are with your kitten, it will also avoid being stolen or attacked by marauding dogs. Your Aby or Somali may in turn prey on small native fauna, making it and you unpopular with neighbours. The kittens bred here, leave without going outside, they will not miss the freedom they has never had. You might even consider enclosing part of a verandah or porch with shade cloth and adding a fly screen door then you and your pet may enjoy the "outside" together. I have an extensive area enclosed in shade cloth along two sides of my house for the past fifteen years; it keeps the cats in and the house cooler. There are proprietary brands of enclosures in lightweight unobtrusive netting either fixed or portable, also wire netting may be utilised into tunnels for access to enclosures in part of your garden if you are handy with your hands and have imagination.

VETERINARY

Find a vet that you are happy with, one who will not make you feel as if you are wasting his/her time should you go with a trivial problem. It is always better to go too soon than too late. With proper care and luck you kitten should only need to see the vet for inoculations until it gets old, when like older people they may get various illnesses.

INOCULATIONS

Annual Trivax, the present inoculations (two) should carry it through until it is just over twelve months (See vaccination record for date). Your kitten has been wormed. You should continue this program every six months. Felix paste or similar is easy to use.

FLEAS

When your kitten leaves here is should be free of fleas. It is important to keep it free of fleas as they carry disease and worms. I find Siphotrol or Fipronil (Frontline), which may be purchased from your vet to be effective. There is also a spray for the cats and /or a flea "bomb" for the house. These provide effective control for up to three months.

DESEXING

I now recommend early desexing, before they go to their new homes. The kittens seem not to notice their loss. They are bouncing round within hours of returning from the vet. Otherwise you should desex the kitten around five months of age, before males become mature enough to want to mark their territory by spraying or the female comes into season.

COMPANIONSHIP

In buying an Abyssinian or Somali cat you are truly buying friend for life, they love company. However, if you are away from home for long periods of time they do need company perhaps you already have another cat or dog, fine once they have settled in together. Otherwise perhaps you should consider getting two cats as company for each other. They will be less inclined to roam in search of friends.

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Pixie and friend

GENERAL ADVICE

GIVE:- Lots of love and attention. Your kitten and older cat will love to play games with you.

A warm place to sleep.

Adequate diet. Do not overfeed and make the cat fat.

Veterinary care when require.

If you provide all of the above you should have a happy healthy and loving pet.

It will be clearly stated on your receipt that your kitten is sold as a pet or a show/breeding cat. It is a requirement of the seller that this should not be varied. A pet quality kitten may be shown but should not be bred from and MUST be desexed.

Please keep me informed of the development of your kitten. I love to know of their progress, all their antics, funny and endearing ways.

 

 

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