Russians are shy around new people, even their new owners. But they
quickly and firmly bond to their caregivers. The typical Russian
is shy around strangers, so it might take him some time to accept
people from outside the household. Food, attention, and a warm body
to snuggle against are a Russian’s priorities in life. They
prefer a quiet household and accept changes reluctantly.
YOUR NEW RUSSIAN HOME
as a breed can be somewhat timid around new people and in new environments.
To make their adjustment easier on you both, confine him to a room
(such as a second bedroom) for the first several days. This will
give him a smaller and not so threatening place to adjust to at
first. Because he is confined to one room, you will be able to keep
a closer eye on him - fewer places to run and hide. Make sure that
you have "cat - proofed" this room (and the rest of the
house). Remove all rubber bands, string, and small breakable objects
- anything that he might try to eat or knock over and hurt himself.
Many a cat has died from string, feathers, or rubber bands that
have lodged in their stomachs or wrapped around their intestines.
YOU HAVE ANOTHER CAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONFINE YOUR
NEW CAT AT FIRST! This will allow both cats to smell and check out
each other in a non-threatening manner. If you were to just drop
the new cat into the house, your older cat would perceive him as
invading his territory and try to drive him out. Let both cats talk
to each other under the door and smell each other on you. Later,
they can have "supervised visitation." Let the older cat
in the room while the new one explores the house. They can then
have face to face contact in the room for a few minutes a day. This
may seem like a lot of effort, but it will help them to adjust to
each other. Think of it as new roommates writing letters about themselves
before moving in together as opposed to some stranger who just barges
into your house one day and makes himself at home.
he adjusts to you and his new home, you can let him have more and
more time out in the house. Gradually, he will make himself at home.
take your new cat to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a
thorough examination. This will give your vet a baseline reading
of your cat’s health and he will already have seen him and
have his records in the event that he does become sick. We have
provided you with a record of the shots that your kitten has already
received. Your vet will also need to send us a letter stating that
he has neutered/spayed your kitten when he does that procedure.
is very high on a Russian’s list of priorities, followed by
attention, then food. They will try to convince you that you have
not fed them for a week. Do not fall for it!!!. Russians like to
eat and will become fat if you let them eat what and when they want.
We recommend that you feed twice a day (three times until they are
7 months old) and have fresh water available at all times. Do not
let them free feed. A cat does not need to pick at food all day.
This will make him a fussy eater. This will also enable to monitor
his food intake. You will know how much to cut back if necessary
and if he is not eating properly, which can be a sign of illness.
We recommend that you feed a premium dry cat food (such as Royal
Canin, Halo, Orijin, or Acana) and preferably grain free. These foods have less "fillers"
in them, so that there are more usable nutrients. At first, you
may think that they cost more than the grocery store variety, but
you actually feed less (1/4 to 1/2 half-cup per serving) and your
cat will be healthier in the long run. An added benefit - as you
are feeding less, there is less waste to scoop out of the litter
We also advocate feeding a premium canned food, perhaps mixed with some additional water. Cats, by their nature, do not drink enough water, and it is important that they to do maintain healthy kidney function (for to insure that males do not have a blockage of the urethra). As your cat matures, you will need to switch
to a "light" or "less active" variety of the
same food. These contain less fat. Remember, if you keep your cat’s
weight down, he will be healthier.
Speaking of water - did you know that cats are more inclined to drink water if it's in a fountain? Studies have shown that given the choice, cats prefer to drink running/moving water. You might think about getting a pet fountain. We really like the all metal ones as they can be put right in the dishwasher for cleaning. Remember to disassemble the motor and clean it too.
to Part 2 of the Care and Feeding Guide
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