Suggestions to new Parents

Bringing home a new cat or kitten is​ always exciting. 
You cannot wait to introduce the new addition to your family  and friends; and you are already looking forward to years of happy companionship. The way you introduce your  new cat to your household can make a big difference in how well he makes the adjustment.

Remember that cats are very much creatures of habit. They like things to be predictable and pretty much the same  from day to day. You will be taking your cat out of a familiar environment, putting him into a noisy, moving vehicle, then expecting him to adjust to new surroundings, new people and perhaps, new animals. This is a lot to  ask, and no matter how wonderful you and your home are, even the most easy-going cat is likely to be stressed and nervous! To make the transition as smooth as possible, take things slowly and give your cat plenty of time to get used to his new home.

Before you bring your new cat or kitten home
Making some plans ahead of time will make the transition to a new home much easier for you and your cat. To limit the number of changes your new pet will need to experience the first day, before you get the cat, find out what food and litter the cat has had, and try to get the same brand. If you want to change brands later, slowly (over the course of a week) mix the new brand in with the old brand.

Before you bring your new cat home, put his food, water, toys, scratching post, and litter pan in a quiet room you can close off, perhaps a spare bedroom or bathroom. If the new cat is shy, fearful, or you have other cats, the use of the product Feliway may be helpful. Feliway is a product that was designed to help reduce anxiety in cats. It contains pheromones from the cat's face. Pheromones are chemicals which are used to communicate with other members of the same species. You may notice that a cat often rubs her face and chin on vertical surfaces. She is leaving a scent there which contains these pheromones. The pheromones from the face have a calming effect on other cats. You may wish to spray Feliway in the cat's new room, in the cat carrier before and after you pick up the cat, and around the house, if you have other cats. Alternatively, you can purchase a plug-in form of the product to use in the house.

The initial introduction to your home Cats need to become thoroughly families with new surroundings before they feel comfortable. An entire apartment or house can be overwhelming all at once. Many cats will hide under beds or furniture, sometimes for days. It will be much less stressful for your cat to learn about you, your family and your home a little at a time. This is even more important if there are multiple people and/or pets in your household.

When you bring your cat home, place him in the room you have fixed up for him, keep this room closed off, and let him explore that area first. Let the cat come out of his crate on his own; do not try to coax him or tip the crate to force him out. Cats are curious and most will soon come out to explore their surroundings. If the cat seems very timid, you can leave the room for a while and check back later. If you really want to stay in the room, get a book and read. When the cat is ready to come out, stay where you are and let him come to you. Talk in a soft, reassuring tone, pet him if he seems interested, but do not try to pick him up. Leave the open carrier in the room, so that he has a safe retreat if he wants one. Give him time to learn that he can trust you.

The introduction to other family members
Introduce other family members slowly. Have them come into the room one at a time to pet and play with the cat. Have younger children sit down, then show them how to gently stroke the cat's fur and offer her a few treats. Make certain that children understand that they are not to chase the cat, hurt her or bother her while she eats, sleeps or uses the litter box. If there are no other pets, you can let the cat begin to explore the rest of the house in a few days.
Make sure kitten(baby) proof your home! Cornish Rex kittens are very active and curious and can get in trouble easily!!!

If you already have cats in your home, please watch this VIDEO!!!

Litter
Thanks to Susan from Victorian Gardens Cattery, we now using wood pellets for our cats and kitten litter. Please watch her VIDEO with full information about her pellet SYSTEM.  https://youtu.be/HGhQc-B3euM

You must have pellet litter and litter box before kitten(s) arrive. Kittens know this litter and will use it. (If you would like to use other litter you can do that, but wait at least 4 weeks after kitten arrival!) You can use simple litter box at the beginning, but we really like and recommend Susan system!

Cornish Rex are indoor cats and Scratch post is a must for kitty nails care!!! 
We recommend that you should have 2 different kind at home. Here You can found some great ones.
Kittens nails grow very fast, You should cut them once a week. Our kittens are use to it. Here is VIDEO how.


Cornish Rex have very short fur, so during cold winter time or at summer when we run conditioners, they love to find warm place. Get your kitten warm bed. Heated ones are usually favorite ones!
K&H PET PRODUCTS Original Lectro-Kennel Outdoor Heated Pad.

Pet CARRIER bring your kitten home. Also for Vet visits, long or short trips. 
For short trips and flying we like best STRUDI carriers. For CAR travel and longer trips better is this one, or this pop-up portable shelter.

Heating pad for travel.
Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad

Don`t forget CAT TOYS!!! ;)

We highly Recommend this Book to New Cat Parents. 


Shopping list for new Cat parents:

General accessories:
1. Pet c
arrier
2. TWO Litter boxes
3. Cat litter
4. Litter scoop
5. Waste bags
6. Dry food 

7. Canned food 
8. Cat treats 
9. 2 LARGE or MEDIUM water bowls  - it must be stainless steel!!!
10. 2 bowls for dry and wet food - stainless steel 
11. Probiotics Gel Supplement
12. 2 different scratching posts (cardboard/sizzle/carpet)
13. Heated Cat Bed (with Protective Wire Wrap)
14. Toys 

15. Cat Harness and Leash if you have to fly or have longer Trip.
16. Stop Biting and Chewing - Lemon Spray (to protect your chords and phone chargers)
17. Protective Wire Wrap

Health accessories:
1. Eye wash cleanser
2. Ear wash cleanser
3. Nails clippers or special trimming scissors for cat claws
4. Cats shampoo



To make the transition as smooth as possible, take things slowly and give your cat plenty of time to get used to his new home.
 
Please note that during times of stress, such as going to a new home, cat/kittens can exhibit temporary signs of illness which may include: sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, diarrhea and/or constipation. To help reduce the signs of stress feed the cat identical food as the breeder, and offer bottled water, as well as taking reasonable measures to reduce stress. You can do this by slowly introducing them to the house and the members of the household, as well as limiting the time they are with strangers, children and other animals.

If You have any Questions after kitten arrive, please feel free to ask!
And please send us pictures of your baby as often you can! We will be very happy to see him/her !  :)
e-mail to:  ReikiRexCats@gmail.com 

You will hear some great information in this video about taking care of your Cornish Rex!

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