New Angel Needs – What to Get!

 If you meant to see “Available Ragdoll Kittens!” go HERE.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Here are a list of items you will need for your new kitten or cat.  If you would like to see what we recommend, please visit our Recommendations Page HERE

1.  Premium Dry Cat Food  –  When your angel comes to you, they will be eating Science Diet Optimum Care for young adults.  We recommend that you BUY at least one bag of Science Diet below  if you get one of our babies.  It contains vitamins and minerals needed for your baby angel when they are young. Ragdolls have sensitive stomachs until about six months of age, so we recommend you stay with this food for the first six months with you.


Science Diet Optimum Care

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Our kittens are ready to be delivered to you around 12 weeks of age.

 

2.  Litter and Box
Buying the same brand of kitty litter that we use here is a good idea as well, as the sight and texture will be what your kitten is accustomed to, and this familiarity could possibly prevent a few accidents. We use a wonderful corn-based litter that is flushable and causes little to no dust! We have tried many and this is our favorite. Best of all, if they eat any, it is digestible, where clay clumping litter is not!
3. Wet Canned Cat Food
Almost all of our kittens like this wet food. Please buy some. We recommend you buy at least seven cans and feed your kitten half a can in the afternoon. If they clean the plate, then feed them the whole can at lunch.
You can experiment with other brands and types once they are six months old.


4.  Cat Food and Water Feeder
Our first choice, as many people UNDER feed Ragdolls, who never overeat.
If you are determined to get “CUTE” bowls, please keep the food bowl full and the water bowl cleaned. Ragdolls don’t seem to care for stainless steels bowls. They prefer porcelain, but will accept plastic. www.ETSY.com has many cute options.

5.  Water Bowl or Drinking Fountain

6.  Scratching Pad, Post, or Cat Tree

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WHAT WE PROVIDE COMPLIMENTARY WITH YOUR NEW ANGEL

1.  Cat Carrier

2.  Cat Carrier Liner

3.  Kitten Toys

cat-carriers

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT OPTIONS


AVID Microchips

As a service upon request, we can have your kitten microchipped for you and provide you with the paperwork to enroll them in Avids Pet Track recovery program. We highly recommend that either you have your baby microchipped here, or that you have it done by your vet at your first visit. This will allow you peace of mind if your Angel ever takes a walk “on the wild side.”

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PRE-KITTEN ARRIVAL SHOPPING LIST!

Please see our “What Your Angel Needs” page HERE!

Before bringing your kitten home, you’ll want to stock up on some necessities. Check with us on our “What Your New Angel Needs” page HERE

Here’s a list of some other recommended kitten gear that you may want to have on hand before the big day:

 

CAT CARRIER

Your Angel Kitten will come with his or her very own carrier and pad as part of their travel package. Inside your kitten’s new carrier will be a liner with the scent of his or her mother and litter mates and an assortment of your babies favorite toys. We recommend you remove the door from the carrier once you arrive home and leave the carrier accessible so your new baby will have a place to sleep if he or she desires.

 

DISHES, FOOD AND WATER

Your kitten should be provided with fresh food and water, preferably in metal or ceramic dishes. Be sure to monitor them closely to make sure that they are eating and drinking, though they might do neither for a few hours after you first bring them home. We recommend both food and water dishes be emptied and washed daily to prevent bacteria and germs from accumulating. Also, you need to carefully monitor that your new arrival is eating. Tip their mouth into their food dish if they are not showing any interest. Many times a little ‘taste’; will activate eating. If not, using human baby food works great!

LITTER TRAY/SCOOP

You’ll want to have a litter tray ready and waiting and introduce your new kitty to it immediately. There are several different types to choose from and many people like the covered variety, as it prevents litter from scattering to the four corners of the room at the first scratch of a paw. Your kitten will already be litter-box trained, but a new environment often creates more accidents. If your kitten does have an accident, don’t scold, and wipe it up with a paper towel and then place the paper towel in the litter tray. After a little repetition, this will show your kitten that the correct place to use the potty is in the litter box. Don’t punish your kitten, as this will only cause him or her to not go in front of you. Kittens are very sensitive to odors so scooping twice a day will encourage regular use of the litter pan.

GROOMING SET

A brush or a comb, and nail clippers will come in handy. You won’t be using them during the first week, but after your kitten is all settled in, you’ll want to establish a grooming routine.

CAT TREE AND/OR SCRATCHING POST

A good, sturdy sisal rope or carpet-covered cat tree can be a huge asset to any cat lover’s home, as the scratching post will stand up much better to needle-sharp little claws than your nice sofa or curtains. Make sure to get one that is at least 2 and a half-feet tall with a heavy base that won’t tip if your kitten gets a little enthusiastic. At AngelGirl Ragdolls, we also introduce our kitties to the cardboard scratchers.