Items Used at the Cattery

COLLOIDAL SILVER:

Colloidal silver is known for its immune building, tissue regenerating, bacterial, viral, and fungal-fighting properties. Basically, it’s a liquid antibiotic that can be used both internally and externally to treat a number of things in pets, people, and around the home. It has been credited with curing everything from ear infections to Lyme disease in both animals and people. This is an amazing item to have around for almost anything that might come up. Plus it is a safe, natural product for you and your pets.
I use it in several ways.

1. I put about ¼ a cup with 3 cups of water daily … this is my cats/kittens drinking water, since starting this program I have had far less infections and issues with my cats.
2. I give about 1 teaspoon full 3 x daily for 3 to 7 days to any cat that has an open wound, eye infection, upset stomach, throwing up and or diarrhea.
3. I apply a cotton pad soaked in it for any eye infection, open wound, or cut.

This is very expensive to buy and normally can only be found in a health food store, but I do believe you can find it on Amazon as well. The stronger the better for infections like 128ppm, but for everyday use I have some at 30ppm that I use for their drinking water. If you get the stronger and want to use it for drinking water then don’t use the ¼ th cup that I mentioned above dilute it down with less product or more water. I have my own generator so I make my own which allows me to be a bit more liberal with its use.

If you would like to read more about Colloidal Silver there is a great article here
If you are interested in buying a generator to make your own here is a link to several different ones: This one I will be buying soon Ionexx and the one I have at the moment is here this was the only one available when I was first introduced to Colloidal silver.

Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade): 

I have been using Diatomaceous Earth as a supplement for years. I mix one tablespoon a day with my morning smoothies.  When I started my cattery I actually started using this on my cats mixing 1/4th teaspoon in their food daily.  Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth has been known for its cleansing properties of the digestive tract along with many other things, including small pest control. But this being said it is not a proven thing I just know I have not had many issues with my digestion since I started using it.   Here is a list of things it’s been said to help and used for.

  • Cleanse Digestive Tract
  • Support Healthy Digestion
  • Improve Cholesterol and heart health
  • Provide the body with trace minerals
  • Improve Bone Health
  • Promote Hair Growth
  • Promote Skin Health
  • De-Wormer
  • Kills Parasites and Bugs
  • Pest Control

Here is an article from Mother Earth News about using it for Pest Control.  I actually do this several times a year and it does seem to keep the bugs from coming around.  https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/pest-control/how-to-use-diatomaceous-earth-zw0z1304zkin

 
FOOD

Canned Food

I use canned food in the morning and in the evening … the ones I use is Earthborn Holistic for both my kittens and older cats. They all seem to like this one.  I use another brand that they seem to like as well called Soulistic Kitten Canned Food.  I have started using Applaws as a supplemental food for my cats and they love all the flavors,  I normally feed this to them for lunch feeding .. favorite is Chicken and Pumpkin.  Least favorite is Tuna and Seaweed.

Freeze Dried Food:  

I use freeze dried food all through the day … my cats and kittens prefer it just dry which is nice since then I can leave it out for up to 12 hours.  Its best to break it up a bit for them since they are kinda hard.  I only use like 6 to 8 pieces per cat/kitten. This is great for the grazers.  I use Stella and Chewy Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels Freeze-Dried Raw Cat Food

I have also have used Primal and they eat that ok but like the Stella and Chewy better.

Dry Food

I place a cup of dry food out during the day as well as the freeze dried for my grazers. I do this more for the care of their teeth and they love to choose :).  I use Farmina Chicken and Pomeganate Kitten for kittens under 12 months old and Farmina Lamb and Blueberry Adult for older cats..this one even the kittens like it as well. Its hard to find the kitten formula even at the Farmina store,  Chewy.com now carries it as well as Amazon but much higher price on Amazon.

For the kittens under 4 months and for transition to the above I use Royal Canin Mother & Babycat Dry Cat Food for Newborn Kittens, Pregnant & Nursing Cats . The Earthborn is for all life stages so by the time they come to you even at age 3 months they are already eating the Earthborn and the Farmina.

One other thing I give all my cats and kittens at lunch time I prepare a fresh chicken breast, or thighs, or rabbit if I can find fresh. With Heart, Liver and sometimes Gizzard. I boil it all for about 5 to 10 min. and then cut it up in small bites for them..  I know many of you will not be able to do a noon feeding but if you go to feeding only 2 times a day PLEASE at least 2 or 3 times a week give them a fresh boiled feeding. It will help the kitten/cats over all well being. The ratio of innards to meat is about ¼ th innards to Meat. You can also give them the innards separate as a treat but make sure fresh. Also make sure to boil it for its important that all germs are boiled away. Some say to freeze it for 7 days and then you can feed it raw … I have tried that but still feel boiling is safer.

Also if you have time go here and read about feeding cats and the program they suggest: https://icatcare.org/app/uploads/2019/10/five-a-day_felix_report_final.pdf

Most of my Cats and Kittens hate Pate so the above canned foods are ones they seem to enjoy and wont turn their noses up too. The Soulistic kitten food is a pate but they all seem to love it.

As far as how much to feed them … I use one can per cat/kitten per day … the cans are 5.5 ozs so I give them a 1/3 to 1/2 in the morning and the remainder in the evening.  Then with the chicken at lunch and Freeze Dried and Dry through out the day they get a well rounded amount.  So far this has worked well for my cats and none have became overweight on this diet.

One other thing I always buy food that is for all life stages when I can…. this covers kittens as well as the adults.  But the Farmina does not come in all life stages … the kittens still eat the adult but much better if they get the kitten.

TOYS:

The best thing to say is cats love them … almost all of them but I have found most do not last long so I make it a rule not to pay anymore then 20.00 for a toy and that better be one that is amazing. What I have found is the least expensive ones are the ones they like the best and that includes, free Items like boxes with lids, plastic bottle caps and so on.

They love almost all feather wands, noise makers, cat nip toys and tunnels.

Here are links to a few that almost all of my cats and kittens love. The first one is a really pretty toy/scratch pad/bed/climber all in one, and would look nice in any home .. the price is only 15.98 so well worth it and the cats love it.

Brown Pet Climber

Petstage Tower of tracks 
Jackson Galaxy Mojo Maker Air Prey Laser Wand Teaser Cat Toy 

Ethical Pet Wide Durable Heavy Gauge Plastic Colorful Springs Cat Toy

Cat Dancer Original Cat Toy

LITTER

I started using crystals for my male cat since he has very sensitive paws. And now I have noticed all my cats use this more then the pine pellets.  You can buy it on amazon for around 10.00 and I use 8 bags a month but I have 4 litter boxes .. I clean it daily and with kittens I clean it twice daily.  It lasts for about 2 weeks per bag.  So 2 bags should last one cat a month.  Its called Ultra Pet Ultra Cat litter… I use the Micro Crystals since they are very fine and easy on the paws.  It does get everywhere so make sure to have a mat under the litter box.

I use a Pine pellet litter for all my other cats and kittens since it is much more cost effect and very easy to keep clean. I buy the litter at the Tractor Supply Company. It is only 5.99 for 40lbs which will last for a long time. Tractor Supply

I also use a system for the pine litter that I found on youtube that has been awesome and so easy to keep all my kitty boxes cleaned daily without costing me a fortune. Here are the links (make sure to watch the original first)

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TREATS                              

There is only actually one that my cats and kittens go crazy for.
Inaba Churu puree cat treat … I use to buy this at Chewys but now go directly to the company site. They have other types of treats and I like to try them out. But the puree is like cat crack 🙂 I have not found a cat yet that does not go crazy over it. Inaba website

I will be sending a pet care kit home with those that I deliver to or that pick up their kittens. Several of the smaller items will be in that kit plus several of the Inaba Churu purees. I can not send the pet care kit if a kitten/cat is going to be shipped.

Recommended Books

Here are a few books for those of you that are new to owning a cat/kitten(actually great information even for those of us that have had cats for years).  These I have read to make sure they would help new owners who are bringing in a new cat/kitten into their home to make it easier for both the new owners and cat/kitten.

How to Be Owned by A Cat

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss

If you have any other questions about feeding or caring for your kitten I am always here for you. Please contact me and I will help you any way I can. There are no dumb questions and I would love to hear from you.

Recommended Website 

This website is one of the best for any thing you might want to know about caring for a cat to knowing more about a breed.  I really love their advice on feeding your cat .. I still have not implemented in my daily program but it makes so much sense.  Everything I have read on this site seems very good solid advice.

International Cat Care

FLEA and Pest Control

I use Revelution Plus Topical … You need  a prescription for this from your vet.  You can buy it at Chewy.com and much cheaper doing it that way than buying from your vet.  The great thing about this flea control medicine is that it covers heart worms and a few other worms plus ear mites.

Another Item worth mentioning :

I have had many new owners asking what to do since little kittens have sharp little claws and love to claw at things but mainly they love to jump up on you with there little claws out 🙂 or sit and kneed you when they are happy.  And this hurts and tends to leave marks. They really are not trying to hurt you but just wanting your attention and show you love.  I do not believe in DeClawing a kitten/cat since it is very cruel and is like cutting off one of your fingers.  So they do have a product called Purrdy Paws .. another one I believe is called soft paws. They come in various sizes and colors :). They can be found at chewy.com. as well as many other places.  I actually used these years ago on a cat I had that loved to kneed you every time she was on your lap … they worked great.  I actually took her to the vet and had them put them on her and also trim her nails for me.  Hope this helps.