Owning a pet adds love and purpose to your life; but it’s natural to encounter a few challenges along the way. Caring for your animals - whether they’re birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians or mammals - begins the moment you make them a part of your home. At MID MICHIGAN RAGDOLL CATS, LLC, we offer advise to help your adjustment go smoother and to help you take great care of your pets.
IS IT OKAY FOR MY PET TO HAVE FREE RANGE OF MY HOME?
When kittens are first introduced to their new home they should be confined to a "safe room", a small room with food, water, bedding and toys. Bathrooms and mudrooms are usually a good place to have this safe room. Make sure any chemicals, small objects and other hazards are removed. Kittens should be slowly introduced to the rest of the house with supervision. Whenever kittens are left unsupervised they should be confined to their safe room. As the kitten grows and becomes more comfortable with their new home, they can start to have more space and be allowed to roam more freely in the home.
IS ALL PET FOOD THE SAME?
With numerous brands of cat food on the market and new brands being added daily, picking a good pet food can feel impossible. We recommend using a brand that has been around for a long time and has been researched. Your veterinarian can help pick a diet that is good for your pet. Purina, Hill's and Royal Canin are all brands we use and trust. Kittens will be eating dry food free choice when they are ready to go to their new family and canned food can be added into their diet as they settle into their new home.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER IF I TRAIN MY PET?
Ragdolls are incredibly smart and desperately want to please their family. Every moment is a chance to train your new baby. People often make the mistake of allowing play biting or other play behaviors when the kitten is small. This can bud into a big problem as the kitten grows and continues to display play behavior as an adult. Never allow any behaviors you do not want your Ragdoll to display as an adult. Kittens are fully litter trained by the time they are ready for a new home and we will give you instructions for continuing good litter habits.