WHAT TO BUY BEFORE THE KITTENS ARRIVAL

 

Here you will find a list of objects your kitten will need and enjoy and that you should buy before it arrives.

 

This list is quite personal and is only a suggestion because these are products which I have used for years with which I am very happy. My cats are happy and healthy.

 

A line with feathers and soft or hard plastic balls are necessary but other toys are not because for a Ragdoll its best playmate is its human companion.

You can find excellent products on www.zooplus.it which is a German company selling all over Europe and well known in Italy.

Good selection with cheaper prices than in shops depending on the quantity of the order or on different promotions.

For online orders of 35€ or more, delivery by courier is free. Delivery times are quick (3 working days) safe, easy and convenient with excellent assortment of products.

 

 

BOWLS

Three bowls for each cat (different from dog) should be large but not too deep. The best are made of stainless steel or china. Plastic dishes are easily scratched and can be unhygienic, they must be changed often. Three bowls are necessary for dry food, wet food and water.

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/ciotole_gatti/acciaio_inox/197449

or

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/ciotole_gatti/acciaio_inox/369010

or

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/ciotole_gatti/acciaio_inox/197459

single bowl

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/ciotole_gatti/acciaio_inox/345807

 

LITTER TRAY

Choose a deep one (border 20 cm) so that the litter is not spread around the house.

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/igiene_gatti/cassettine_igieniche_gatti

 

EXCELLENT CLUMPING CAT LITTER

Remove excrement daily using a scoop. Put a layer of at least 5cms of litter so that when the cat digs in the in the sand it does not end up doing its business directly on the plastic surface, the cleaning of it could result difficult as faeces and urine will not absorb. ‘Extreme Classic Lavender – triple action’ absorbs odours, does not create does not create dust and absorbs well (it will not irritate the cats eyes).

This litter is not cheap but is a saving in the long run if it is cleaned every day, you just need to add a little every now and again and a bag can last up to 2 months. Do not try to save on litter: the heavier type is better because it does not spread everywhere.

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/lettiera_gatti/lettiera_agglomerante/extreme_classic_professional_classic/302578#more

 

Other Litter very good for kitten "World's Best Cat Litter Extra Strength", 100% natural, biodegradable, produced from corn kernels, remove in the vater.

http://t.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/lettiera_gatti/lettiere_vegetali/174741

 

FOOD

Dry food should always be available alongside water which should be changed daily (bottled natural water, because tap one has too much lime scale). Wet food 2-3 times a day (a quantity which the kitten decides). During the growing phase of the kitten it can eat whenever it wishes. If you have the patience you can cook the meat, veal or turkey, chicken or meat (never pork)cut into cubes and given in a little of the cooking liquid. Breeders do this for kittens up to 3 ½ months of age, but the new owner can feed it perfectly well with food in pouches (excellent Royal Canin because it has select food for each growth phase).

NEVER GIVE WET FOOD STRAIGHT FROM THE FRDGE AS IT CAN CAUSE SEVERE DIARRHOEA AND STOMACH CRAMPS. WET FOOD ROOM TEMPERATURE.

 

2 TYPE OF DRY FOOD (2 DIFFERENT BOWLS) + VET FOOD + FRESH WATER

  

 

SCRATCH POLE – VERY IMPORTANT

The habit of scratching is an instinctive one. It is the way cats have of marking their territory. By scratching the pole the kitten leaves not only a visible ‘signature’ but also an unmistakable trace of its scent. Between the pads under its paws there are glands which secrete a personal scent, too subtle for humans to smell but which is a way of identifying each other for cats. It communicates information for intruders about the age, sex and health of the cat which left it.

The habit of scratching is a way of performing a manicure, ridding themselves of the old surface of the claws and maintaining them in good condition. It is also a good workout which lengthens and oxygenates the muscles and strengthens the paws.

www.zooplus.it  divides scratch poles  according to height, the best one for a Ragdoll is ‘medium’.

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/tiragraffi/tiragraffi_medio/fino_a_160_cm/40829

There are several models of scratch poles of the firm RUFI  www.drapaki.pl (website in English, Polish, German and French). These scratch poles are not cheap but are beautiful, hardwearing and easy to maintain.

 

 

TOYS

TUNNEL – with rustling material on the inside – excellent !

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/giochi_gatti/tunnel_sacchi_gatti/283944

LINE N°1 – which I recommend highly, it makes a fun noise

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/giochi_gatti/giochi_gatti_canne_pesca/canne_pesca_giochi_gatti/289763

LINE N°2

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/giochi_gatti/giochi_gatti_canne_pesca/canne_pesca_giochi_gatti/289319

These toys are hard wearing, they do not get broken or spoiled and the cats love them.

 

 

CAT CARRIER

The best type of carrier is the bag for cats, it is soft, waterproof, easy to manage and can be used with a shoulder strap. Once it has been assembled it has sides and a roof which are rigid and will not fall on the cat. When it is not needed it can be folded and be put away, taking up less space. It is excellent for place journeys (it goes under a seat easily and conforms to the measurements required by various airlines).

1)      Get the size ‘L’ so you can use it when the cat gets bigger

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/accessori_viaggio_gatti/borse_trasporto_gatti/171366

2)      Excellent, elegant bag ‘sturdibag’ ‘L’ size, at present available from zooplus only in RED

http://www.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/accessori_viaggio_gatti/borse_trasporto_gatti/sturdi/156508

This bag is more expensive but I highly recommend it.

 

 

IMPORTANTE SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS

1)      Multivitamin paste (12 essential vitamins) important during growing phase. Excellent for adult cats in spring and autumn, give a dose of 2 cm directly from the owners finger (it has a which cats enjoy)

2)      MALT SOFT EXTRA paste, vital for the removal of fur balls. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRODUCCTS TO KEEP, ESPECIALLY DURING THE MOULTING PHASE.

During the Ragdoll’s daily hygiene it swallows fur that it cannot digest; if the owner does not help then  the worst case scenario is an operation.

Therefore you should always keep a tube of this paste that cats love, giving them 2 cm from the fingers during spring and autumn.

Link for both pastes :

http://t.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/compresse_paste/vitamine_gatti/107600

 

 

 

GROOMING

1)      FINE - TOOTH COMB, COMB WITH ROTATING TEETH AND A BRUSH WITH ROUNDED BRISTLES.(Ragdolls have sensitive skin). Brush the cat to remove dead hair, which would otherwise be ingested or spread around the house. The Ragdoll does not have an undercoat and for this reason does not tangle and knot (like for example a Persian cat). Despite this it should be brushed twice a week.

It is important to get the kitten used to the brush from a tender age so that it may become a pleasurable ritual. Pay special attention to the armpit area and between and behind the legs.

 

2)      SCISSORS.It is important to check on the length of the claws. House cats do not have the opportunity to naturally wear down their claws. The scratch pole does not help to do this. Long claws are irritating and can get stuck in toys during play, this can be painful, if it cannot retract them it may risk losing a claw or at worst a toe. The Ragdoll’s nails are sensitive up to about half of the length and if cut too short may bleed and cause pain. Only the transparent part should be cut, very carefully. It is best to be shown the procedure by a vet, even if it is quite simple. On the internet you can find videos and photos illustrating the procedure. It is important to get the kitten used to this from a young age, it is also good to massage the pads and paws. On the zooplus website there are some excellent scissors at 3€. Vets use ones of 50€ but they perform in the same way.

http://t.zooplus.it/shop/gatti/ igiene_gatti/cura_pelo_gatti_igiene

 

 

 

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL WORMING TWICE A YEAR

I am against worming tablets as they need to be given often and can cause vomiting due do the difficulty of digestion.

I recommend other products against parasites and insects.

I suggest an excellent combined product for both internal and external parasites called ‘Stronghold’ which can be bought in the pharmacy with a vet’s prescription. 

Use the blue packet of 3 or 6 tubes for cats weighing from 2.6 to 7.5 kg.

Apply twice a year (every six months a tube of ‘spot on’) directly onto the skin between the shoulders at the base of the neck (this is a place the cat cannot lick itself).

This is an excellent product, it is important however not to ‘overload’ the Ragdoll with different products several times a year.

BE CAREFUL : STRONGHOLD BLUE BOX FORCATS. STRONGHOLD FOR DOGS IS FATAL FOR CATS BUT NOT VICE-VERSA.

 

WHAT YOUR RAGDOLL NEEDS IS YOUR UNCONDITIONAL ATTENTION, COMPANY, LOVE FOR HIM. YOUR RAGDOLL IS NOT INDEPENDENT, IT IS AN ETERNAL KITTEN WHO CAN'T STAND BEING ALONE !