Question: Is my kitten litter trained? Or will she by the time she gets here?
Answer: Yes, Siamese are one of the most intelligent breeds (ranking 9 out of 10). The litter training happens rapidly between 4 and 5 weeks. Your kitten is fully trained now. Of course, once you get her, she needs to have her food and litter box set close to each other in a smaller room, maybe in your bedroom or close to it. Please try no scooping for a few days, please. She needs to learn her environment first. A smelly litter will lead her nose back to the litter box from anywhere in the house. Once the kitten learnt her way around, the litter box can be moved to another more remote location and away from her food. Do the moving gradually. For instance, if you need to move the litter box from your bedroom to basement, you need to move box to the hall first and keep it there for a few days. Let her get used to the new arrangement. Then move it to the staircase leading to the basement. Keep it there for a few days. Then move it to the basement. She will get the lead.
Question: Do you guarantee her for any length of time for hereditary problems etc ?
Answer: We give one year guarantee against congenital disease.
Question: And you did say she was dewormed and has first needles, correct?
Answer: Yes. First needles, health check, dewormings: Strongid T at 4, 6 and 8 weeks and 1/2 Milbemax pill before her departure.
Question: When do you recommend to have her spayed?
Answer: At 6 month of age. Make sure she is NOT in her heat when you take her for the operation. Vets find it more difficult to operate on a female cat in the middle of the heat or shortly after. The female kittens may go into first baby-heat as early as at 5 months of age. Overt signs of heat: overly affectionate, puts her butt up when you pet her, and calling - a loud deep-voiced cry.
Question: Do you have preferred brands of pet product?
Answer: food: "Royal Canin Kitten 36" mixed with "Taste of The Wild". Siamese need high protein/ low fat diet. They burn a lot of energy.
Answer: cat litter: there are a few tricks to learn...corn based litter is not bad (a little smelly), can be quite cheap. Walnut based litter is an interesting new product (toilet flushable, less smelly).
Answer: cat litter box: I like Litter Maid (Wall Mart carries it, available online through Amazon.ca). I love the fact that I don't need to scoop, Litter Maid removes litter automatically. However, if you use corn litter, corn sticks to the bottom of the Litter Maid and you find yourself scooping it still. As you probably know from breeding dogs, every pet product has its flaws, sometimes the simplest solution works better but I actually don't mind the Litter Maid...But you can always contact me, tell me about your preferences and I will recommend an inexpensive efficient product to fit your needs.
Question: So how old will the kitten need to be to be spayed, and how will I do that through kinds of siam?
Answer: She is old enough to be spayed any time now. We can use Dr Hess at Acton Vet for spay. I will take your kitten in on any given Sunday when I travel to see Dr Hess with my other kittens. He will perform surgery on Sunday. Then he will look after her for one more day to make sure she is healing well. And you will pick her up from Acton Vet on Monday evening. They are open late on Mondays: http://actonvet.com/The pets bond quicker with people taking care of them immediately after surgery. You will be the first person she will see once recovering from anesthetics and surgery, that will make your relationship stronger, she will learn to trust you. I suggest you do the spay sooner than later to secure a good start for your relationship.
Question: Does spaying or neutering make pets fat and lazy?
Answer: Spaying and neutering does change the metabolism of companion animals, so in most cases, they do not need as much food to maintain their weight as unspayed/unneutered animals. The problem is not with the animal – it is us. We just tend to overfeed our pets and neutered/spayed dogs and cats are more apt to put on weight because of that. As for laziness, again, the amount of exercise and activity of our pets is often dependent on us. If we do not give them opportunities for play and exercise, they can become couch potatoes just like some people. Many spayed/neutered dogs are field dogs, are entered in agility shows, become service dogs or are trained in search and rescue. These dogs are anything but lazy. Cats can get lots of exercise with toys and 'chase' games. Some cats love to walk on a leash with their owners. Try it! Click here for more details on fixing your cat.