Buffalo Creek Farms How to Bathe and Groom Your Persian

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

http://youtu.be/ZPcKV19O4is

Grooming Your Kitten

http://youtu.be/O99Rw6q22bY

Use qtips for cleaning the curves of the ears. Do not push down in ear

Use qtips for cleaning the curves of the ears. Do not push down in ear

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You can use this or artificial tears for cleaning eyes

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Baby shampoo for the face

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Slicker brush for fluffing

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Combing for finish work

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Nail trimming

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slicker brush for extra hair

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recommended dryer

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grooming tools

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for trimming problems

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soft brush

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for behind ears and problem area’s. They sat blue works better but I have no problem with this doing the job

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other option for eye cleaning

Eyes Wide Open Your Persians Eye Care

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

Kelly

Breeze Litter Box System By Tidy Cat

At Buffalo Creek Farms we use the breeze system for all of our adults and new babies.

At Buffalo Creek Farms we use the breeze system for all of our adults and new babies.

Buffalo Creek Farms

Here is what you get in the box

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Here is the drawer with the pad. You get 4 pads with the system. Four pads is enough for 1 month. The pad is thinker the a regular puppy training pad but similar.

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The drawer slides easily in to the slot. Make sure the pad does not get caught when you slide int he drawer.

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Now the drawer is hidden.

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Breeze box with bag of pellets

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Just pour the pellets in. You will notice they are dust free. They do not dissolve so no messy bits

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You find the pellets much cleaner then other litters because it is heavier and is not has easy to kick out of the box. You will get some but because of the weight they do not spread like other litters.

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The pellets are solid

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Box and all takes about 5 minutes to put together. No tools required.

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.

Bufffalo Creek Farms How To Feed Your Persian

At Buffalo Creek Farms, we believe that all animals should eat a diet that is as close
to natural as is possible. For purposes of this discussion, “natural” is defined as food
that has not been processed or cooked. It is my opinion that many health problems with
kittens and adult cats would be eliminated if they were fed sensibly, in a manner that
matches their basic genetic and physiological makeup. It is my intention in this article
to give you a solid foundation for feeding your kitten by providing all the resources you
need to help your kitten live a longer, healthier and happier life.

This may sound familiar because the same applies to foods that we (people) eat, but
some basic rules to follow and questions to ask would be: (1) Would your grandmother
recognize it as food?; (2) Can you pronounce each of the ingredients?; and (3) If you
left the food on a shelf, could you go back and still eat it ten years later? If the answer to
any of these questions is “yes,” you might want to ask yourself why are you eating it or
feeding it to your kitten.

Your kitty is a carnivore. Cats are the only true carnivore on earth. Being a carnivore
means their nutritional needs are met eating meat. The most perfectly balanced food for
your cat is a mouse. Mice, rabbits, birds, fish, and bugs are also natural foods for cats. I
do not consider beef, pork or other red meats to be appropriate for your cat because they
would not be part of a natural diet.

In addition, I prefer a raw diet for cats. If you cook the meat in your cat’s food, you are
destroying every essential amino acid that benefits your cat. I have done a vast amount of
research on this topic. That research led me to how I feed my own kittens, which is what
I’m sharing in this article.

The most well-known study was done by Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr. Following are
some of the mains results of the study. A link to the full study is at the bottom of this
article if you’re interested in reading more.

“The controlled feeding experiment took place over ten years, between 1932 and 1942,
and over 900 cats were eventually included. The optimum diet consisted of 1/3 raw milk,
cod liver oil, and 2/3 raw meat, with one group receiving cooked food instead of raw.
The findings were astounding. Within a few generations, the cats receiving cooked food
exhibited:

facial deformities: narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened
ligaments

an excess of parasites

all manners of disease

female cats became more aggressive while males became docile

difficulty with pregnancy and after three generations, pregnancy failed

kittens born of these pregnancies often did not survive to adulthood

kittens showed skeletal deformities and organ malfunctions”

One thing I would like to point out is they used raw milk in this study. All cats are lactose
intolerant. When milk is pasteurized, it destroys the enzymes a cat needs for digestion.
Never give a cat any dairy. Cats on a raw meat diet have a more acidic system that helps
prevent parasites and urinary issues. Also, a cat’s digestive process is much faster than
that of a human, so it does not give bacteria time to flourish the way it would in a human.

The most common cause of death in cats is kidney disease. I think part of the reason
for this is the way we often feed cats a dry food diet. Cats can become dehydrated very
easily because they are not big drinkers. In a natural environment, cats would get most
of their moisture from the blood of their prey. The other issue is that most commercial
cat foods list corn as one of the first three ingredients. Feeding a carnivore a diet high
in carbohydrates is a bad idea. Common health issues linked to commercial diets are
diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, fatty liver disease, hair balls and
asthma. Below you will find a link to an article by Lisa A Pierson, DVM. Dr. Pierson’s
article goes into these health issues in much greater detail. She is a strong proponent of
wet food. Here are some of the reasons cited in her article:

“Of course, in order to be on board with the ‘preventative nutrition’ argument, a
person has to understand the following facts:

1) Carbohydrates wreak havoc on many cats’ blood sugar/insulin balance.

2) All urinary tract systems are much healthier with an appropriate amount of water
flowing through them.

3) Cats inherently have a low thirst drive and need to consume water *with* their
food. (A cat’s normal prey is ~70 – 75% water.)

4) Cats are strict carnivores, which mean they are designed to get their protein from
meat – not plants.”

When we feed a cat commercial food, we give them health problems very similar to
common health problems experienced by humans. Put quite simply, this is because we
are feeding them like humans, not the carnivorous animals that they are.

Finally, I would like to give you a recipe for food for your kitty. I do grind the bones and
all in my food. You can add a calcium supplement to start. It is my belief that calcium
from a natural source, such as bone, is processed better by your cat’s system than in
supplement form. I use brown rice because it is a good way to add extra water back into
the diet since we are not feeding them whole mice. I also use sweet potato or pumpkin
because my kittens are Persian and they need that fiber to move the hair out of the system
and prevent hairballs. Another ingredient you can add if you find it is heart meat. As
is any organ that is high in electrical activity, heart meat is high in Turine. Turine is an
essential element for your cat’s health.

Use ground turkey meat and add a calcium supplement, such as kitty bloom, or any one
available. I highly recommend grinding it together so the kitten cannot pick out any
ingredients they do not like. You can put the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Feel free to double the recipe if you need more. Whole pieces of chicken are excellent if
you have a grinder for the bones. Make sure you use a fine grinding disc so there are no
big pieces of bone.

Cook the rice with sweet potato and egg. Then add all the following ingredients to the
food processor and mix. Put daily portions into sandwich bags. Defrost by putting in a
cup with hot water. Never cook the meat!

2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 lb chicken livers
1/2 cup dry brown rice (cook according to directions)
2 eggs
1 small sweet potato
1/4 can pumpkin
kitty bloom calcium supplement
kitty bloom vitamins

Here is a link to the site for kitty bloom supplements
http://www.dogbloom.com/Kittybloom/products.htm

Resources:

http://cats.about.com/cs/nutrition/a/rawfooddiet.htm

http://cats.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/
XJ&zTi=1&sdn=cats&cdn=homegarden&tm=15387&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.
342.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.catinfo.org/

Kelly Krejci
Buffalo Creek Farms
785.840-9197
http://www.buffalocreekfarms.net
kellykrejci@gmail.com

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