Originally Posted by baobei
Hi, i'm going to be getting a traditional siamese kitten soon between 10-16 weeks of age.
I'm completely new to cats so i need some very basic advice.
Vaccinations: What vaccinations should the kitten get and at what age should they get them?
food: how much should a kitten eat at different ages and what kind of food should it be?
to buy: what should i buy to make my home ready for the kitten? ie litter box and bedding.
tips: i'm clueless but want to be a good owner. Any thing else i should know or tips?
(sorry about these daft questions but the search function was not very useful)
Welcome to TCS and hello to another Meezer lover.
Re vaccinations - your vet will tell you what vaccinations your kitty will need. In some areas Rabies is required. I'm assuming your kitty will be indoor only so there are folks here with more knowledge re vaccinations for indoor kitties than I am. I tend to take the advice of my vet because I trust her when it comes to issues of vaccinations.
I'm also a believe that a kitten should be fed kitten food until a minimum of 9 months and then if they are getting pudgy switch to adult food. I kept our kitties on kitten food for one year. Sharky is our resident food guru and has much posted about good quality foods so if you do a search on this forum you'll find more information than you might want.
I feed Merrick wet and Orijen dry. Bijou was getting a bit "hefty" so I switched the kitties from a more grainy dry and more wet food than dry so he could lose some weight. It's been working nicely. Wet food is much healthier than dry food for kitties too, especially neutered males.
There are as many types of litter boxes as there are kitties almost.
I personally have the Booda Dome which has a little ramp that runs up the side for the entry, is covered and when they exit the little bumps on the ramp tends to clean the litter off their feet. For a wee little kitten, the first litter box must be low enough for them to get into it easily so you may want to just use a lower one at first. Also, since he/she will be a baby and it's not always easy for them to make it to the litter when they need to go, I'd suggest several litter boxes distributed around, especially if you have multiple stories in your house. Please don't use a clumping clay litter for your little fellow - it is dusty and if they inhale it or ingest it, it can form clumps in their lungs or bodies. Some folks recommend a non-clumping clay litter, I prefer World's Best Cat Litter. WBCL costs a bit more but it lasts much longer than any clay litter I've ever used so it is cost-effective in the long term and keeps odour down.
A scratching post is essential and kitty should be trained to use one, i.e., if he scratches furniture/rugs, pick him up and place him at the scratching post. I would hold his paws lightly and scratch so he gets the idea. You probably should also play with his paws, gently touching them and feeling them to get him used to having them touched and start clipping his claws so that he gets used to it. The claws should be clipped about every week to 10 days. I use human clippers but you can buy special kitty clippers at any pet store.
Toys - Siamese are very active and can be vocal (although ours aren't terribly vocal). They become very attached to their owners and need and love your attention but they are worth every moment you spend with them. You don't have to get carried away with toys but I would have a couple catnip or stuffed mice, definitely a cat wand type of toy and maybe a few little balls.
As for cat beds, it's more likely your kitty will want to sleep with you. Bijou sleeps with me, stretched out beside me and covered to the neck with his head on my pillow. I doubt he would be happy alone in a cat bed.
If you aren't going to be home all day I would suggest you confine kitty to one room where he/she cannot get into anything that might hurt him/her. Also cat-proof your living space. Kitties are curious and may get into things that are not good for them. After the kitty is a little older then I would allow it free run when home alone.
Your kitty will also lose his baby teeth around 4 months. A great help to the kitty at that time is to just get some of those big, fat, bendy plastic straws and throw a few around for kitty to chew on. When those get chewed up a bit, toss them and give kitty some new ones.
As kitty takes over your life
and starts to own you,
you will find you may have lots of questions. Feel free to ask - most of us have had much experience with kitties and have learned lots more on this site - I know I've learned a whole lot since coming here. No question is stupid if you don't know the answer.
Lastly, we LOVE pictures and will look forward to seeing some as soon as you can manage it.