Equipment for your Ocicat Kitten - Oz Catz for Ocicats

Oz Catz for Ocicats

Australia's Most Experienced Ocicat Breeder

Oz Catz for Ocicats

Oz Catz for Ocicats

Australia's Most Experienced Ocicat Breeder
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Equipment for your Ocicat Kitten

Cat Info
Food Plates & Water Bowls
  • You will need two sets of plates for wet food and two sets of bowls for water.
  • Plates and bowls should always be clean and freshly washed before serving a meal.  NEVER put food onto a dirty plate!
  • It’s best to use ceramic, china or metal plates and bowls that are not chipped or cracked.  Chips and cracks harbor bacteria which will make your kitten sick.  
  • Also, plastic is not advised as it cannot be properly cleaned—bacteria accumulate in the tiny cuts and crevices made in the plastic in general day to day use.
  • Your kitten/cat will prefer to eat his wet food from a flat plate rather than a bowl as cats generally dislike getting their whiskers dirty.

Beds, Blankets
  • Most times your kitten will prefer to sleep with you on your bed.  Allowing your kitten to snuggle up against your warm relaxed body is the quickest way to settle your kitten and make him feel protected, wanted and loved.
  • However, if you think he needs it, a bed that can be washed with a snuggly blanket placed in a quiet sunny spot is also a winner.
  • Be aware that some kittens lick those nice thick lamb’s wool fleeces.  This can be deadly - if the kitten continues to lick it, fibers of the fleece will be ingested which the kitten then cannot pass.  In a short time, the fibers will matt into a thick ball in the kitten’s gut and cause death.  
  • So, if you see your kitten continually licking his bedding—be safe and change it.

Feather Doonas
  • Some kittens—not all—think the smell of a feather doona with old body odours in it smells like their litter box!  Even new doonas have an interesting smell for some kittens.  
  • If this is going to a problem, it usually becomes apparent in the first few days of a kitten arriving in his new home.  
  • Watch the kitten’s body language carefully and if he becomes very interested in the smell of your feather or down doona, it would be best to separate kitten from doona for a week or so.

Toys
  • Most importantly, make sure all kitten toys are ‘kitten proof’!  So, no strings, ribbons, buttons, pins—for sure he will swallow them if they are left lying around or he can chew them off his toys and they can be deadly.  
  • Small balls, soft toys, tunnels, cardboard boxes—all make interesting toys for your kitten—never plastic bags.  
  • A good idea is to let him have say, 10 toys of different types which he enjoys.  Then after about a week or so, remove all these toys, wash them and store them.  Replace them with another different set of toys.  If you keep alternating his toys you will keep him interested and excited.  
  • You can introduce a new toy every now and then to stimulate him.

Litter
  • At Oz Catz, we use Enviro-Cat Pelletized Pine Litter which we have available for sale at Oz Catz.
  • Alternatively, you can use Breeder’s Choice to start as it has a similar pelletized texture to the litter your kitten has been raised with—but it is much smellier than the wood pelletized litter.  
  • To change the type of litter for your kitten, change over a period of about a week.  If your kitten refuses to use the litter—take notice!  It is either -

    • dirty
    • the litter box is not private
    • if there are other pets in the house, a cat is at its most vulnerable when using the litter, so make sure your cat is not being stalked or attacked when trying to use the litter
    • he may/may not like a hood on his litter box
    • or he may not like your litter choice!

Litter and Litter Trays
  • Your Ocicat has been fully litter trained.  Oz Catz’ kittens are trained using a pelletized litter in a two-tier sieve litter box system.  The litter is made from pine sawdust that has been pressed into small pellets.  
  • The two-tier sieve litter box is designed so that when the cat urinates in the litter box, the urine disintegrates the pellets that it touches.  The urine and the wet sawdust then drops through the sieve into the bottom tray leaving the litter in the top tray clean and dry.   Solid matter will dry out quickly in the litter with reduced smell.
  • To clean the litter box—

    • remove the solid matter from the top tray,
    • shake or run the pooper scooper through the litter in the top try to shake all sawdust into the bottom tray,
    • lift the top sieve tray to access the bottom tray,
    • remove all wet sawdust from the bottom tray and wash it out with bleach and hot water.

  • Keep the litter tray clean—or the consequences may include bacterial illnesses or inappropriate use of pot plants, your bath or your laundry basin!

Clay Litters
  • We do not recommend clay or crystal litters.  
  • Clay litter can be caught in the kitten’s feet and when he washes he can ingest the litter which can cause death.  
  • And many cats and kittens do not like crystal litters because it is harsh on their feet.

Scratch Post / Activity Centre
  • A good-sized activity centre for your kitten is a must!
  • Just because he is a small kitten doesn’t mean he won’t want a big scratch post—he certainly made good use of one at Oz Catz!  
  • So, make sure his scratch post is a good tall one so he can have a big full stretch and scratch and a place from which he can survey his world and keep watch over his family and family happenings—otherwise he may use the furniture.  
  • Also, make sure the base of the post is sufficient to keep it stable if he decides to leap at it from a distance!

Contact Nola at Oz Catz
Phone: 03 5997 6414  ..   Mobile: 0418 549 987  ..  Email: ozocicats@bigpond.com

Contact Nola at Oz Catz
Phone: 03 5997 6414  ..   Mobile: 0418 549 987
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