These babies are cute as they can be. They are 2 weeks old in these pictures. They will need to be 12 weeks to leave.
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So now you have a little mop on your hands and you need to know the best way to care for your furball. We do not pretend to be professional groomers. Our intent here is to share the things that have worked for us. You will find simple bathing techniques that help with problems specific to Persians.
Grooming kitten at home in our opinion is ideal. There is less stress in a familiar home environment. Home grooming limits kitty’s exposure to virus’s, bacteria and fungus. Kittens are much more prone then an adult cat to pick up undesirable things because their immune system is not mature. Let’s not forgot the cost. It is much more economical to groom at home.This information should help with establishing a good grooming routine for your kitty. Grooming on a regular is important not to just the looks but the health of your kitten. Keeping kitty groomed helps with fur balls, can prevent eyes issues, helps to spot allergy’s and other skin conditions that can cause long term problems if left untreated.
Did we mention it will keep the fur down is the house as well. Persian do not shed anymore then any cats but their fur is longer. If done right grooming can be enjoyable and bonding experience for you and your kitty. We will cover how often and what products we use. If you like others that is fine. We like to keep it simple.
Kittens should be bathed every two to three weeks. If you do not bathe when they are little they will not let you when they are big. Show kittens are routinely bathed once a week. We do not recommend any more then once a week because you can dry out their skin. We suggest cutting nails right before baths.
All Persian should have their eyes cleaned and the fur brushed daily. If you do not brush them daily they will not let you when they bigger. Young kittens often look fine if not brushed and bathed often but you need to train yourself and kitty so when it becomes necessary it will not be a problem. I promise you at some point it will be necessary. Here are some suggestion for tools and links to grooming and bathing video’s.
Bathing Your kitten
Grooming Your Kitten
There is a lot of conflicting information on what caused eye drainage . I have heard everything from facial structure to viruses. The truth is it might be a combination of factors. Other misinformation is only snub nosed Persians have this issue. I have talked to many breeders and the one consistent thing is it can happen in both doll face and snub nose. The truth is almost all Persian have flat faces when compared to a other breeds. I guess the most important thing is to know how to care for our babies so that they have good eye health for life.
First thing keep them your kitty’s eyes clean. I recommend artificial tears you can buy them at any pharmacy the Walmart brand is about $1. You can also any cleaner you would use in your own eye to clean such as your contact solution.Please do not use water. Most city water has chlorine which can actual irritate the eye and you really never know a what is in well water. The main thing is to maintain the PH balance of the eye when you clean. The drops should be used in the eye. Use enough to make sure you are removing all dirt hair etc… I don’t recommend any medicated eye solutions unless on advice of a vet.
Next step is lysine. You can purchase Lysine at any place that carries vitamins. The dosage is 250 mg a day under 6 months of age and 500 mg a day over 6 months. Make sure when you buy lysine that you are getting just lysine you do not want anything else in it. I would never try to give a cat a pill especially on a daily bases. I recommend crushing and mixing with water. Use a baby dropper to squirt it in kitty’s mouth or just mix it with food. Lysine does not have much flavor so you should not have a big issue either way. Lysine is an amino acid that boost immunities. It prevent infections from setting in. Lysine also inhibits the ability of the herpes virus from replicating. Just like people most cats carry this virus but with other breeds they have longer faces and can drain more better, so you do not see the signs. This amino acid does not have any negative side affects and can be used long term. The other plus for young cat and kittens is it is a good building block for bone growth. I would recommend it for any kitten under a year. You will find it in a lot of cat foods but not at high enough doses to be effective. Consider it your kitty’s vitamins. There is reason not keep kitty on it for life but for kittens it is a must. I do not recommend the lysine paste they sell for kitty as I have found additives give kittens loose stools.
Next lets talk about antibiotics. You may need to use them to clear the brown stuff initially but I don;t think they are a good idea long term. Some of the commercial products have anitbiotics in them such as Angels Eyes. The active ingredient is Tylosin. That is a prescription only antibiotic so I am not sure how they get by selling it with out one. Tylosin has never even been approved for use in dogs and cats. Oral antibiotics for an infection that is only in the eye tubing can have long and short term consequences, In my opinion long term use especially will be setting your kitten up later for antibiotic resistant infections. Your kitty may became antibiotic resistant. That means if they get any infections you will have a much harder time clearing it. Angel Eyes is actually banned in the UK for this reason. I would suggest you start with terramycin eye ointment. You can get it on line with out a prescription. If you buy on line it will be 1/2 the cost of the vet office. It will normally clear the brown stuff in a few days. Please continue use for at least 3 or 4 days past the first day kitty is clear. Use 2 times day. There are other eye ointments but they are all prescription. The most common time for you need to need this antibiotic is when kitty is stressed, so make sure you have it on hand if you know kitty is going to be stressed form things such as moving, new family members etc…
In conclusion I know this is a common problem but that does not mean you should ignore it. Long term problems can end in eye loss and health problems. It is best to prevent eye issues by keeping them clean and supporting the immune system. Good eye health is not just about looks.They are always beautiful to us.
Buffalo Creek Farms Persians Rule
This is the cat climber we use in our cattery. We would suggest that you make sure the climber you buy has rope on the posts. The ones with fabric on the post do not last as long. They are not hard to put together but there are a few tricks we thought we would share. It takes us about 30 to 45 minutes to put one together but we have done it many times. The time may depend on how many “helpers” you have.
This toy can be purchased on Amazon for $11.60. It is easy to put together. Best thing about this toy is it does not take batteries. Here are pictures of assembly as well as a video of the toy.
This is the system we use at Buffalo Creek Farms. It eliminates cat litter completely. We order our pads and pellets on Amazon in bulk as a grocery item. On Amazon the pellets and pads in bulk is about a 6 month supply. The boxes are about 20x12x6 so not huge to store. Best it is free shipping and UPS just delivers it when you need it. All kittens start on this system because very young kittens like to put everything in their mouths and eating regular cat litter is not good. The kitten are introduced to regular cat litter between 6 to 8 weeks. That way when they go home if that is what you choose they will know have regular cat litter is. We do not recommend starting any kitten with crystals corn etc.. simply because they will not know what to do with it and may mistake it for a sand box to play in. We never recommend the crystals as they are toxic. The kittens always have access to the breeze system some prefer it because it is cleaner. The kittens do not end up with litter stuck on their feet. We prefer it because a few pellets are easy to sweep up. Cat litter gets every where is is very hard to get up. Regular cat litter is also heavy to lug in and out of the cattery. We find the over all cost equivalent to a good kitty litter.
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