Though they are outgoing and friendly, Russian Blues tend to be shy around new people, even their new owners and parents. The following notes are to help you bond and transition the kitten into the new environment. Our kittens are used to lots of attention, so it will be important to pet, play with, and cuddle them. Like most cats, your kitten will prefer you to people from outside the household.
- In the beginning have the kitten start out in a small room that is quiet and comfortable and has very few people traveling through it. Your bedroom is probably a great place for this. You should place the kitten’s food, water, litter box and bed in this room and keep the door closed. Be sure to remove all hazardous objects from the kitten’s reach; these kittens can climb and jump. After several days of confinement and much visiting, the kitten will have had time to adjust to his or her circumstances in a non-threatening atmosphere and will feel safe around you and in your house. This is an effective way of building a strong bond with your kitten, by providing it with a safe retreat within your house where it may go and hide if startled.
- If you have another established household cat it is very important to introduce the new kitten gradually! The house currently is the established cat’s property and if you just bring the kitten home, there may be war. They should have separate food bowls, at least at first, to be sure that the little one gets enough. The two cats must smell each other and talk to each other in a non threatening manner, through the door or with your supervision. Watch carefully for times of antagonism. All this will hopefully lead to a happy and peaceful relationship.
- When the kitten is in confinement you should spend as much time as possible with him or her, especially the person who will be the primary caregiver. Talk in a soft calm low pitched voice, pet and cuddle and hold the kitten, show him or her where all his stuff is in the room. You should leave an article of your clothing with the cat so she or he gets your scent. Don’t push the kitten; let things proceed at the kitten’s pace. You should start calling the kitten by its name right away.
- Taking your cat to the vet is required as soon as possible for a thorough examination. The vet needs this for his records as a baseline for your kitten’s health in the unlikely event the kitten should become sick. You will receive a record of the medical care the kitten has received up until now.
Our kittens have been fed a variety of dry and wet foods. For dry foods, they start with Royal Canine kitten food, but by 10 weeks or so they seem to prefer Whole Earth Farms. This cat food is grain free and fairly inexpensive, can be obtained at a local Petco. We give small mounts of wet food as a source of fluid, adding water to 1-2 oz of canned wet food daily.
We have noticed that the litterbox is almost odorless when the cat uses Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter. Great for our home with multiple cats.
Russian Blue cats are very active and playful. They enjoy all sorts of teasers and wands, catnip mice, and we have had special success with the interactive turbo scratcher, which they love. Have fun!