At Willetteragdol, we get many
requests from new parents for a
list of things your baby needs to
get them started off on the right
paw. We've put together a
"Wish List" to help get you started:
1. Cat carrier
We do not send any of the babies home
without a cat carrier. This is for their safety,
as well as yours while driving. Please keep in
mind that ragdolls are a large breed as a rule.
Get a good carrier that should last the life
of your baby, keeping in mind...some of our
babies can grow to be VERY LARGE cats.
2. Tooth brush and kitty tooth paste
This will save you money and your baby's smile. A child's soft bristle tooth brush works well. Most cats like chicken flavored toothpaste. Never use human tooth paste on your baby.
3. Nail trimmers
Start them young and treat as you go. We will be more than happy to show you how to trim your kitty's nails.
Ragdolls are like a puppies....if you don't give them toys, they will take your stuff. Your stuff will become their stuff....buy the toys. Also, please don't wrestle with your kitty. Wrestling with them/using your hands as toys will teach them to associate you as being a toy, and this becomes much less cute as they get older. Trust us....buy the toys.
5. Cat tree
All of our kitties are members of the Audubon Society (we feed the birds so they can "bird watch" from their cat tree). Place your cat tree in or near a window. For more Raggie fun, please buy a bird feeder and feed the birds outside of said window. This will entertain your fur kid for hours and help the birds too, especially during the winter months when food is difficult for our feathered friends to find.
6. Brush and comb
7. Toys .... Lots of toys .... Can't have too many toys
(Please see #4)
Glass or metal please, no plastic dishes. Plastic dishes will give your baby chin acne. If this happens, don't worry! Just contact us, we know what you can do to get rid of it.
9. Did we mention toys ?
10. Dry and wet food
Kitten food, of course. We recommend giving kitten food until your baby is 18 months old. We also recommend both dry and wet (canned). By nature, cats (all cats...lions, alley cats and tigers too!) do not drink enough water. The number one killer of cats is kidney failure. Wet food is a very important source of extra moisture.
11. Toys...."Da Bird"
Kittens love this toy. In fact, kittens love anything that dangles from a string. However, a word of warning...any string toys should be used under adult supervision to avoid accidental strangulation. Also, the plastic ring with the little ball is another favorite toy. Laser toys are fun and a great way for your baby to get exercise. Any toys that scream or chirp are always a good choice...kittens love grass hoppers than chirp, mice that squeak, etc.
12. Radio or TV
Please, if you're gone for the day and your baby is alone, leave the TV or radio on for them. This breed is very intelligent and will need something to do.
13. Litter Boxes
One and a half boxes per kitty, minimum. Also, a cat litter scoop and unscented scoopable cat litter. We strongly recommend that parents not change the litter we use, which is Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal. If after your kitten gets acclimated, you prefer to change to a different brand, please mix the two litters together and slowly switch over to the brand of your choice. We have tried all of the litters on the market and we find that Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal is the best for our kitties. We strongly DO NOT recommend "World's Best" cat litter. People LOVE this cat liter, but ragdolls do not. While it may be a good litter, we have experienced problems when using it with our ragdolls. We honestly cannot stress this enough.
Play with your kitten/cat! All cats need time with their families. This is especially important with new kittens who are in the process of bonding with their new families and acclimating to their new home.
... Did we mention toys?