Taking Your Kitten Home:

You'll need:

 

FOOD:

 

3-4 meals per day:  1-2 meat, 1 tinned, 1 dry.

  • Leave dry food out all the time, for ad-lib feeding

  • Breakfast/dinner, it doesn't matter in which order you give the tinned or meat meal.  1 for breakfast, the other for dinner.
     

Meat:

 

  • Raw Beef:  Cheapest quality (ie 3-star/highest fat content) mince beef, human grade.  Kittens need more fat in their diet than adults do.  For adults, change to a low-fat mince.  Add a Pet Vitamin/Mineral Supplement according to brand dosage.  I recommend Raw Meow Mix.

  • Big Dog or Proudi brands:  rabbit, kangaroo, turkey etc.  Don't add supplement to this, it's already complete.

  • Cooked chicken & rice:

    Ingredients
    Chicken Maryland (skin on); Chicken thigh fillets (skin off), Chicken hearts (for the Taurine), Rice, Pet Vitamin/Mineral Supplement (Raw Meow Mix recommended).

    Method
    - Boil, then simmer, Chicken Maryland and skinless thigh/drumstick fillets, until meat falls off the bone. 
    - Remove bone, but leave in cartilage from knuckles.  Top up water & continue cooking til meat shreds easily and the cartilage has dissolved (the cartilage will form jellymeat). 
    - Add rice & chicken hearts, and cook at least another 30m, till all the stock is absorbed/reduced.  Make sure meat is 

       covered with water at all times, til you add the rice and begin reducing stock.

Quantities

 

Kittens - For kittens, you want a higher fat content.

- Per 1 kilo of skinless fillets, use 1 Maryland, 100g chopped chicken hearts, and 1/4 cup or less of raw rice.

- So if you're cooking 2kg of skinless fillets, use 2 Marylands, 200g chicken hearts, and 1/2 cup or less of raw rice.

Adults - For adults, you want a lower fat content.

- Per 3 kilos, use 1 chicken Maryland (skin on), plus 300g chicken hearts (chopped), and 3/4 cup or less of raw rice.
- So if you're cooking 6kg of skinless thigh fillets, use 2 Marylands, 600g chicken hearts, and 1-1/2 cups or less of raw rice.

Notes:  - If you want to cook less than 1kg, substite skin-on Drumsticks for skin-on Marylands

             - Rice has little to no nutritional value for cats, so why do I add it?  There's a few reasons...
               
Moisture:  The rice is there primarily as a vehicle for absorbing liquid.  Because cats don't drink a lot, they
               should have food with a high moisture content.  When cooking rice for ourselves 1 cup rice absorbs about
               2 cups of water.  Here however we're cooking it til it's quite gluggy, and it'll absorb up to 4 cups/1 litre of
               liquid per cup of rice.  That liquid is the stock from cooking the chicken, so it has nutritional value.
               
Weight gain:  In spite of having little to no nutritional value, the starch does seem to help with weight gain,
               particularly in kittens.  If I want to increase weight gain, I up the rice content.
               
Cost:  It's also there as a filler, same as with commercial foods.  As a pensioner with 8 adult cats to feed, plus
               however many kittens are on the ground, it makes it more affordable for me to use high-quality human-grade
               meat, instead of cheap pet grade meat (which is often full of harmful preservatives etc, as well as the meat
               itself being of poor quality).

             - If you prefer to give your cat a completely
grain-free diet, you can add gelatine to the stock instead of rice, to
                   form thick jelly-meat.

Tins: 

  • Coles brand Seafood Cocktail.  (Not Tuna, Seafood Cocktail only).

  • Ziwipeak tinned food

  • Human-grade Sardines, Mackeral, Salmon or Tuna in Springwater.

Dry food:

Kitten: 

Option 1:  Royal Canin Babycat until ~4 months old.  At ~4 months, change to Royal Canin Kitten.  

                 Feed Kitten food until 12 mths old, then change to Adult.
Option 2: 
Ziwipeak Air-dried meat

Adult:       Royal Canin Indoor for Tonkinese, or Royal Canin Maine Coon for Coons, or Ziwipeak Air-dried meat.

Drinks:

  • Water ad-lib

  • A saucer a day of Liddells or Zymil Lactose Free milk to boost calcium intake.  Available in long-life section of supermarket.
     

LITTER:

  • Crystals.  I use The Catessentials Crystal Litter from Pet Circle, but CatSan from Coles is also very good.
     

TOYS ETC:

They're using & love the Jute Dome Scratcher, the Melody Chaser Bird, and the Bliss Tweet Mice from Pet Circle.

I buy most of my products online from Pet Circle.  

 

GROOMING EQUIPMENT:

Tonkinese:  A slicker brush and a bristle brush.  Brush once a week; daily during moulting.

Maine Coon:  A slicker brush, a bristle brush, a wide-tooth comb and a narrow-tooth comb. 

                            Give a light brush/comb daily, and a thorough brush/comb weekly.  Pay special attention to front armpits,

                      groin & behind back legs, and tail, since these are the areas that tend to mat.  It's a good idea to also give

                      a bath once per week, so your MC is used to bathing when it NEEDS a bath.  Your kitten will already have

                      been bathed once or twice before leaving home, and MCs do love water! 


Links to stockists for products I use & recommend:

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