Okie Critters
Cat Info

~ What I use ~
Flea drops:
Revolution, It comes in 1 - 5 lbs & 5.1 - 15 lbs drops, get it at the vet or online

Feed: I only use Pruina dry food, I use the basic blue bag for adults, for kittens use the
yellow bag of kitten chow. Once they are 6 mo. feed 1 can of
Authority
(Petsmart brand) once a day, it will help with kidney problems.
"All cat foods must have meat for the first ingredient not grain"
Stay away from the cheap brands, it has to much ash in it and can cause kidney problems

Hair Balls: Give them a pat of butter once a week or so, fluffy cats need it more then
short haired cats.
I mix one pound of butter with a can of cat food or tuna, they love that

Ears: If ears need cleaning put a little baby oil on a Q-tip and clean them
If they have ear mites use Revolution flea drops

Worms: Revolution Flea drops will kill basic worms but it does not kill tape worms
Tape worms are caused by flea bites so when exposed to fleas give them the tape worm
pills, there is pills that will kill all types of worms, just make sure they are old enough.
(put them in a soft cat treat, it works most of the time)
Only buy worm meds from your vet or online, no Hartz brands

~ What I know for a fact kills cats ~
Any HARTZ flea or any of their other products
Yearly shots the vets give
(I have had several people tell me after giving their cats shots that they have died)
(Read the memo at the bottom of this page it came from a magazine article)
Swiffer wet mop spray
Remember if it doesn't say for Cats on the bottle don't use it, some stuff labeled for
dogs only will kill your cat
Sinus shots, give oral meds only the shots can cause liver failure in kittens

"If you don't believe me check it out on the web"
Counter
These cats are pets, they are raised with kids and other animals. All have been spoiled
and well kept, I don't believe that any cat should be kept in a cage like a rabbit. I live
in the country and my cats have the run of the place, chasing rats, mice, birds and
anything else they can catch.  They have their own heat and air in their house with
litter boxes and Purina cat food and water at all times. All kittens are litter box
trained and eating hard food before they leave. Kittens are just like kids, some are
shy, some won't leave you alone, there's your couch potato and the child that gets into
everything.
Kitty Tips
Bath
Use white vinegar  with a little dawn dish soap, it will kill fleas as soon as it touches
them, no need to wait 5 minutes.
You can use store bought flea shampoo for cats on kittens over 12 weeks, I like Sergants
brand cat flea shampoo.
"Never use Hartz flea shampoo"

If your kitten is sniffing around some place you don't want them to, just sprinkle a little
red or black pepper there. Cats will sniff a place before they use it, it doesn't matter if it
is on carpet or hard floor.

If you don't want them to lay or scratch of something put duck tape on it sticky side up.

Always dry and spray any missed spots with Febreze spray. Not the store brand spray, it
doesn't work as good.

Young kittens under 3 months old must be watched for anything different.
Changing their diet can mess their guts up bad. Don't change their food for at least a
month after you get one, give them time to settle in first and then it must take a week to
change their food over.
Eyes: anything can cause irritants to the eyes, dust, smoke any strong smells, most of the
time just wiping the eyes out with clean warm water will fix it. If it doesn't, and they
turn red and gummy, you will need drops or oral antibiotics. If not taken care of quick,
it can go in their lungs and cause pneumonia.  

All kittens need to be wormed regular for the first 3 to 4 months, there is pills that will
worm for everything. Don't use the drops and pills at the same time, wait at least 2 weeks
in between worming or you risk giving them to much at a time that can be very bad.  

Add plan baking soda to the litter box to keep the smell down
I use 1 to 2 cups per litter change.

Remember when you take your new kitten home they don't know that is there new
home. Always make sure your kitten knows  you real well and where home is before you
let them outside at all. If you let them out for any reason before they have made there
new home with you they will leave and look for there old home. It does take some cats
longer to get used to you and where home is then others, some will be at home that night
and some may take a few weeks before they figure you are there new family. I
recommend that you leave a cat penned up for a few weeks before they are let outside for
any reason. If you live near a road or in town I will tell you if you let these guys outside
they can be stolen. I have talked to several people and they only let them out one time  
and they were stolen. These cats can live their whole life outside or in the house without  
ever going outside.
"What to do with any new kitten"

If your kitten needs a bath give it one
If needed use Revolution flea drops, if it has had fleas tape worm them
This will give them the best start possible by killing any fleas, worms or ear mites
( all info about this is listed below)
"Vaccinating your pet may do more harm than good."
For years the primary reason for seeing a vet was to get your pet vaccinated against a host of diseases
ranging from distemper to rabies — either with individual vaccinations or "combo wombo" shots that
Indeed, annual vaccinations have been an economic bulwark for many vet practices, but some
veterinarians say they're not only unnecessary, but they can actually be harmful in some cases. Marty
Goldstein, a veterinarian in South Salem, N.Y., says he sees a range of vaccination-related reactions in
animals, everything from cancerous sarcomas to epilepsy. Another reason to think twice about certain
vaccines: The immunity provided by some of them can last well beyond a year, even as long as the pet's
lifetime, Goldstein says, negating the need for some annual shots.

Both the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association now say vaccinations should be assessed
yearly and tailored to an animal's age, health and lifestyle. For example, an indoor cat with limited
exposure to some diseases may not ever need certain common vaccinations, says W. Jean Dodds, an
immunologist and veterinarian with Hemopet in Garden Grove, Calif.