Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I keep my cat/kitten from scratching up furniture?
Cats scratch for several reasons, to condition their claws, to mark their territory, and (this is important) to stretch their muscles. To prevent furniture scratching it is critical to adequately provide for these needs. This means you should have:
-Scratching posts of your cats preferred material. We use sisal rope wrapped posts in our cattery, and kittens are introduced to these at a young age.
-Keep their nails trimmed.
-Enough scratching posts for each "territory". We recommend one on each level of your home, or if you have a long home, then one at each end.
Lastly and (we think) MOST importantly:
-A post that is tall enough for your cat to fully extend their body and adequately stretch their muscles on while scratching. This means a post that is over 2 feet tall! They aren't in every store, you may need to look a little, but this is one of the biggest factors to saving your furniture and keeping kitty happy! We have zero claw damage in our home due to implementing these simple strategies.
Declawing is not a humane option, it is painful, can lead to infection, and can even cause your feline a lifetime of pain resulting in behavioral issues. It is worth it to invest in a few of the right kind of scratching posts! If you notice your cat "testing out" a piece of furniture early on, drape it with a sheet or throw blanket that makes scratching difficult, keep it there for a few days or weeks. As your kitten gets older it will develop habits, including scratching its post! This is a good option HERE.
What should I feed my cat/kitten?
The most important thing to look for in a cat food is quality ingredients! You should look for a food with named meats and fats,
lots of protein, and human grade ingredients are preferred! Also their food should be an adequate source of Vitamin A and Taurine.
One of the critical things to keep an eye out for is what SHOULDN'T be in your cats food:
Avoid grains. Some cats have allergies to grains, and with their flat faces Exotics and Persians are prone to sinus and respiratory issues, so it's smart to avoid potential allergens in their diets.
Avoid high levels of carbohydrates, this can lead to obesity, diabetes, and various digestive problems. Just because your pet is on a grain free diet doesn't always mean it is low in carbohydrates! Be sure to check the label.
Avoid artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives
Avoid a lot of animal by-products.
It's also good to offer soft foods as they provide more fluids in the diet, aiding digestion and improving organ health.
We currently feed our cats from the Orijen line of dry food, and Blue Buffalo canned foods. This may change as manufactures sometimes change their ingredients or production processes.
Your kitten will be sent home with a small bag of dry food (and possibly some canned food depending on your kittens preference). If you choose to switch to another brand of food for your cat please read the article HERE to learn about transitioning your kitten to a new food.
How much grooming/ upkeep do they require and do they shed a lot?
Exotic shorthairs are pretty low maintenance, requiring some brushing and to have their faces wiped with a moist washcloth or paper towel on occasion. They DO shed... but only about twice a year, when they change between their winter and summer coats. If you notice they are beginning to shed you can try to start brushing them daily, this should reduce the shedding around the house. You can also get them a hair cut! If you have a longhair they will require more frequent brushing to avoid matting and tangles. If you notice a small mat forming, carefully trim it out with a comb between the scissors and the cats skin to protect it. And, like any cat, they should have their nails trimmed regularly. We groom the kittens regularly, trimming their nails, brushing them, and even giving them baths so that when they go home they should be well adjusted and enjoy their grooming. Our mama and papa love to be brushed and combed, and will come running when we pick up their brushes!
What happens when I adopt a kitten from Smooshfaces Cattery?
Great question! First, we'll have you give us some information and answer some questions in our application. This is so we can find out if your home is a good fit for one of our kittens.
Next, we'll send you a kitten contract to complete, and collect a $200 deposit to reserve the kitten of your choice. This deposit goes towards the final bill.
Then, we'll send you regular updates on your kitten until he/she is ready to go home with you!
We do not ship our kittens, so you'll need to arrange to pick up your kitten or we may be able to meet within a reasonable distance. Our kittens go home with you up to date on vaccinations, treatments, and with microchipping. We also send a bag of our recommended kitten food, and baby binder complete with health history, lots of great information, and even baby pictures!
What are Exotic Shorthair's and Persians like?
Exotic's have a wonderful temperament with an easygoing nature and calm attitude. They aren't very vocal, and when they do speak have a soft quiet voice. They love human contact, and get along well with other animals. We are absolutely obsessed with this incredible breed! Here's a short video with more information:
The CFA has some information HERE
and the TICA has some information HERE
There are a lot of great articles online, so don't be afraid to do your own research!
How can I make sure my cat/kitten always uses the litter box?
Keep the litter box clean! This is the number one reason cats will go outside the box. Overcrowding can also be an issue, you should provide at least one litter box per cat in your home, and they should not be too far away for your cat to get to. This means if you have two cats and a three story house, you should have at least two litter boxes and one should be on the upper level, and one on the lower level. Change the box completely at least once a week, even if you scoop during the week. Cats have great noses and will avoid a box if it smells like a port-o-potty at a concert! Cats will only "spray" to mark an area if they feel threatened, or smell strange cats. Block access to open windows if you think neighborhood animals might be around to provoke your cat to mark its territory.
How do I register my cat for shows?
When your kitten is old enough and has received a neuter/spay, we ask that you send us proof of the procedure. Once we have that we will send you your kittens registration form. You simply fill it out, send it to the CFA and they will send you your kittens Certificate of Registration. Then you're ready to sign up for shows! You can learn more on the Cat Fancier's Association website.
What are the health concerns with this breed?
A common health concern with this breed can be Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic condition inherited from the breeds Persian roots. But don't worry! All our breeding cats have been thoroughly tested and are Negative/Negative for this condition. This means they neither have, nor carry the gene for this condition. Whew! Another common concern with exotics, that is common for all brachycephalic breeds (flat faced), is respiratory issues. Due to a short nasal passage these cats can more easily pick up sinus and respiratory infections, or be more prone to sinus issues due to allergies. We only breed Exotics that are healthy and vigorous, able to breathe normally and produce only normal amounts of tears, so their offspring should be good breathers too. However, if you notice your kitten/cat has unusually dark, gooey, and runny eyes, or a runny nose, or is sneezing excessively you may need to visit your vet. Also assess for environmental causes, maybe your kitten has been getting into a dusty attic and needs to be kept out. Also, these cats should always be kept indoors. The dirt, pollen, and temperature variations outside can all aggravate sinus issues, plus the life expectancy of outdoor cats is very short compared to that of indoor cats. These docile cats are easy prey for predators, and with their unique features could easily be stolen! They are very happy to be kept indoors if all their needs are provided for. Flat faced breeds are sensitive to heat and humidity, and should always have access to plenty of water and cool dry places to chill out. You may notice that your kitten will love to cuddle for a while, then go lay down on the kitchen or bathroom tiles. This is due to the short sinuses and also the warm dense coat, they always love human affection, but occasionally need to cool off! Ours love the bathroom tub or sink for this especially.