1.) Please give me a bath at least once a week. I may not particularly care for it, or I may actually LIKE it, but I will get "greasy" and leave dirty places on your furniture if you don’t bath me. Call my breeder if you need help in bathing me. I’m used to J&J Baby Shampoo!
2.) Please clean my ears at least once a week. You can use Q-tips (though I will eat them if you let me – not too deep in my ears please!) and cotton balls, and you can use ear cleaning solutions such as Zymox. Remember that if you do not clean my ears I might get an ear infection or have ugly, dirty ears.
3.) Please clean my eyes daily. Since I don’t have eyelashes I can get little particles in them that may hurt me.
4.) Please DON’T LET ME GO OUTSIDE!!! I may want to, but there are many "bad" things outside that can hurt me or make me very sick. I can be a very sneaky kitty, so pay close attention to the door as you are coming in and out of the house.....especially in the Winter!
5.) Please DO NOT USE FLEA & TICK TOPICAL MONTHLY MEDICINES on me (Revolution, Advantage, Frontline, etc.) This can KILL ME DEAD.
6.) Please clean and clip my nails at least once a week. You can get the gunk off of my nails with any wet wipe that contains Lanolin. Wet Ones brand are my favorite! Make sure you clip my nails in bright light so you can see where my nail ends and my nail beds begin (don’t clip the part with the blood vessel). This will help keep me from scratching up things you don’t want me to scratch.
7.) This relates to my last tip: Please don't declaw me! Declawing is cruel and there is a clause in my contract against it. If I am being too naughty, please use Soft Paws claw covers. They last for 4-6 weeks and they come in lots of pretty colors! Look at Uncle Gumball modeling the purple ones!
8.) Would you please get me something that it IS ok for me to scratch on? An old rug or old chair that you don’t mind me scratching up is good. Look at garage sales in your area for a cheap chair or ottoman. I also like wooden poles with rope wrapped around them! As tall as you can get, like Jack in the Beanstalk! You may want to pin upholstery plastic on the corners of your nice furniture until I am trained on my scratching post. It is clear and will protect your furniture. You can get it at any fabric store. We learned to use a scratching post at the place where I was born.
9.) Please DON'T HIT ME if I’m bad… I do not understand what "hitting" means, it only hurts and it will make me afraid of you - use a spray bottle filled with water to "squirt" me and clap your hands loudly saying "NO" whenI do something wrong! This will teach me that what I did was a "no, no".
10.) Please give me someplace warm I can sleep. When I’m not "snuggling" with you or you are gone I will need a little place of my own that is warm to sleep – the pet stores have nice little "covered cat beds" that I willreally like (of course I will prefer being with you when you are home). I also love soft blankets to snuggle in.
11.) My breeder will share with you my diet. I love raw food most of all and it is best for me, so if you can, please consider feeding me my favorite!
12.) Please empty my litter box DAILY!!!!! I do not like a dirty litter box and may find someplace else to go if it is not cleaned on a regular basis. I am used to the clumping litter World’s Best Cat Litter or Arm and Hammer Essentials at www.worldsbestcatlitter.com or www.armandhammer.com/pet-care/cat-care because that what was used where I was born.
13.) Please supervise me when I am playing with "un-cat" toys. Strings and other "people" objects can get caught in my throat and hurt me very badly or even KILL me!
14.) Please realize that I am a kitten and EVERYTHING looks like a toy to me and will be investigated. You will need to teach me what I can do and what I can’t do.
15.) Please make sure I have all my necessary shots and vaccinations and parasite cures. Don’t let me around outside cats AT ALL! They may be sick and then make me sick too. Remember that fleas and ticks carry bad diseases as well!
16.) Please give me lots and lots of love as that is what I need most! I will love you unconditionally if you let me. The more you love me the more I will love you.
17.) Please call my breeder if you have any questions about me or anything I am doing. He/She loves me as much as you do and only wants the best for me!