News – Ragdoll Kittens for Sale in CA

Food, Litter and Carrier Information

Cat Food: Your kitten has been feed Royal Canin Baby and Mother Cat dry and Royal Canin Baby Cat canned.  A few months ago, it became very difficult to buy RC so I switched to Purina One Kitten for dry kitten food.  The kittens will have been eating this for awhile before they go to your home so I would suggest you stick with the Purina One Kitten.  Add a little Iams Hairball to the other dry food to keep their digestion working well if they are throwing up hairballs.  Fromm chicken and turkey is good when they get nine months to a year old and need fewer calories..  There are a lot of other good foods on the market if you have a favorite.  I do recommend that you look for high protein. If you choose to switch your kitten to another food, please keep in mind that this should be done slowly over the course of one to two weeks to avoid stomach upset. Each day, you’ll want to add a little bit more of the new food to the old food, while slowly decreasing the old. It’s important that your new Ragdoll be offered dry food and fresh water at all times.

I now use a variety of canned food including Fancy Feast Kitten Tender Turkey Feast and Nutro Max Adult Turkey and Giblets Formula as well as a variety of others.  Canned food should be fed once a day.   Personally I like to give canned food at supper time as I find they will often wake you up if you feed canned in the morning.

Litter Box and Cat Litter: There is a wide variety of cat litter on the market. I use Tidy Cat litter. I do use other brands when they are on sale or if I need a different litter for some reason.  Stay away from strong perfumes.  Dr. Elsey Kitten Attract is often a good way to start until you are confident there are no problems finding the litter boxes.

There is also a wide variety of litter boxes available. Your kitten is used to an open top litter box. If you plan to switch your kitten, it is important to do so gradually and monitor carefully, as some kittens may take more time to get used to a new box than others.  Most litter boxes are plastic so after some time – maybe a year – you should just throw away and get another one as they do tend to get smelly.

Scratching Posts:  Cats have an innate need to scratch. Providing your kitten with its own scratching post will reduce the chances of your kitten using your furniture or carpet to do what comes naturally. A cat tree or condo with posts that are covered in sisal rope is a wonderful investment. Not only do they allow the cat a place to play and rest, they are often what cats use when they want to stretch and scratch.  Purchase little scissors to cut toenails and then do it while the kitten is sitting on your lap.  Do it all the time so that it is just something that happens – not a big deal.  Remember to touch your kitten’s feet all the time.  Treats when nails are being cut is a good idea.

Food and Water Bowls: I use metal, glass or ceramic feeding bowls here at Creekcat Ragdolls.   I do not recommend plastic feeding bowls, as they are known to be a cause of feline acne. Food and water dishes should be kept clean at all times.   Running them through your dishwasher is a good way to keep them sanitary.

Cat Carrier: Cat carriers are important to have for trips to the vet, as well as your kitten’s ride to his or her new home. When purchasing one, it is best to get one that will accommodate an adult cat so you don’t have to invest in a larger one once your kitten has grown.  Soft side carriers are much easier to carry than plastic.  I recommend keeping the carrier around and open for the kittens to sleep in so the cat will like its carrier and not be upset when you are trying to put him in the carrier.

Cat Bedding: There is a huge selection of cat beds available. Kittens are just as happy in a cardboard box with a nice soft blanket as a specially made cat bed. However, what many owners find is that their kittens want to be near them – which include sleeping with you on the bed, in a chair, on the couch, etc.

New Process for picking up your kitten

Due to the pandemic, I have a new process for picking up your kitten.  When you reach the gate, please look up the name VASS on the gatebox and buzz me.  This allows the gate to open.  My house is the second on the right.  Please have a carrier and the balance owed, in cash please, and bring them to the front door area.  I will come out and give you paperwork and pick up the carrier and cash.  I do wear a mask and I have received all 3 of the vaccinations but I request that you maintain 6 ft. distance.  I will pick up carrier and return in two or three minutes with the kitten inside the carrier.  Thank you for your cooperation during this pandemic.

Royal Canin Mother and Babycat

I have heard from a number of kitten buyers that it is impossible to find the RC Babycat.  I buy directly from RC and now they have sent me a notice that it is on back order!  Yikes!  I have used it for years so I was not sure what to use in its stead.

Some research and input for my fellow breeders, I have decided to try Purina ProPlan Kitten Chicken and Rice.  There are several flavors of Kitten so I would love to hear from any of you that are using one of the Kitten formulas and how you think it is working for your kitten.

 

 

Warning Warning Warning

Please be careful about buying kittens that need to be shipped to you.  100% chance that they are a scam.  I can not even tell you how many people call me crying that they were scammed out $$$.  Don’t fall for it.  The scammers steal the pictures of our kittens and charge some cheap amount for them and then when they have your money they start with shipping charges.  The kitten will never arrive.  There is no kitten.  Drive to the person’s house and get the kitten.  Don’t give your money to scammers.

Keep Ragdolls as a blue-eyed, pointed breed

Fellow Ragdoll Breed Group Members and Ragdoll Lovers –

This current election for Breed Committee member is extremely important to the future of our Ragdoll Breed.   Do you want to keep the Ragdoll as a blue-eyed, pointed breed in the standard colors?  There are breeders who are currently pushing for us to change our standard to accept non-standard variants such as mink, sepia, and solids for championship status. It seems their suggestion is to accept any Ragdoll with 5 generations of only registered Ragdolls in the pedigree for championship, regardless of color.  Adding these colors, or non-pointed, or other eye color would be a drastic change to the breed and one that no other major cat association recognizes. There are 4 people, who I know of, that are running for Ragdoll Breed Committee this year with a goal of changing our Ragdoll standard to allow for these colors.

This past term I made several attempts to present ideas to the TICA Board that would prevent this changing of the Ragdoll breed to include these non-standard variants.  I failed but I learned a lot.  The entire breed committee supported me and helped with ideas and information.  We worked hard to tighten our standard and keep our Ragdolls from taking on the look of one region or one group of catteries.  But that is not enough to prevent the non-standard variant breeders from pushing forward with their goal of changing the Ragdoll. What I learned in my attempts to stop this from happening has made me better prepared to succeed at this challenge.

There are other goals for the next breed committee to accomplish such a seminars and better training materials. When you have a good group of people that are all working toward the same goals, these things can also be accomplished.  I am proud of what our committee did accomplish.

It was nice to have a committee that represented lots of areas of the world.  Ragdolls are loved all over the world and it is important to hear your voice.  I intend to set up an online forum where you can submit ideas and concerns to the breed committee and get answers back from them so your input will be visible to the entire committee and responded to by a number of committee members.

We really need your help to keep the Ragdolls so that they look like Ragdolls – blue-eyed, pointed, and conforming to our current standard.

I would appreciate your support to be elected to the breed committee for another term.