New British Shorthair Kitten Shopping List
This list will help you prepare for the arrival of your new kitten.
Your kitty will need a sturdy cat carrier to travel home in. Make sure it is a nice strong plastic one and not cardboard or soft sided. Sturdy collapsible carriers are fine as they take up less storage space but not soft bag types. Make sure it is nice and roomy as your kitty will get quite hefty and you want to get some good use from it.
Make sure it has a towel or a nice blanket for your kitty so they will be nice and comfy.
We do have carriers for kittens travelling interstate and these can be added to the purchase price of your kitten by arrangement.
Cuddleton British Shorthair kittens are fed on Royal Canin kitten wet and dry food as well as raw beef meat. They also enjoy lactose free milk.
As they grow past nine months of age, Cuddleton British Shorthairs will thrive on the Royal Canin adult range of biscuits as their main diet plus and raw meat or wet food as their dinner or breakfast treat. Make sure you follow the feeding guides on any food you buy to avoid obesity.
We highly recommend the Royal Canin British Shorthair Breed Specific biscuits as it is high quality, made for our breed and very easy to find in your local pet shop. The British Shorthair formula helps support their hardworking joints and bones, maintains muscle mass and is enriched with nutrients to support a healthy heart.
There are different foods for other different situations too. For our portly Cuddleton British Shorthairs we feed Royal Canin Indoor or Royal Canin Light Weight Care. For our older cats we have managed to help them stay healthy longer on the Royal Canin 7+ and 12+ diets.
The higher quality the food the better the health of your cat. Premium food also means better teeth (no stinky breath) and better poops (no stinky litter box!). If you need to buy a supermarket brand for your Cuddleton please make sure it is one of the higher quality ones. They are usually a little bit more expensive and in shinier packets.
All Cuddleton Kittens come with a Royal Canin kitten pack and a small bag of Royal Canin kitten food to get you started. We also sign you up for a free 2kg bag of kitten food plus you will get a voucher for a really good discount off your next bag after that. The kitten pack also has a kitten guide and a nutrition leaflet.
Your Kitty will need dishes for food and water. Flat pan style dishes are good for food as the cats can eat without having to fold back their whiskers. China bowls are better than plastic as they wash better and there is less chance of bacteria building up in the small scratches. Washing the bowls regularly is a must and the dishwasher is best if you have one.
Deep bowls are good for water to keep it cool and prevent it being tipped over. The Cuddleton's love water and will dab at their water dish, try to get in the bath and even jump into the laundry tub to lick the dripping tap! We keep them happy with small $3 buckets for their water from Bunnings. They are the right size for them and stay cooler and fresher as they are deep.
Litter Tray and Cat Litter
Cuddleton's love OzPets Litter. It is the most economical, clean and simple litter ever made. It is made from wood and requires a special tray. All of our kittens get a tray set when they leave home as we believe it is the best choice for an inside only cat for both your cat and for you as an owner.
The Oz-Pet litter tray is designed specifically for use with Oz-Pet wood litter. The tray is made up of two parts, with the top section used as a sieve. When Oz-Pet is wet, it breaks down into smaller particles, which then fall through into the bottom tray when shaken once or twice a day.
You can buy the Cat Loo at your local Petbarn or you can order it direct from Oz-Pet online. Buy ordering online you can shoose the tray colour that will best match your home décor. The system may seem expensive for a cat litter tray initially but the savings in the long run are amazing as you only need a scoop or two of litter a week once you get started. You can compost the litter in the garden! To find out more visit the Oz-Pet page and see the video that shows you how it works.
Litter is a very personal choice and something we will talk to you about before you take your kitten home. You may have another cat already using another litter or prefer a particular type which is fine. We just need to know so that your kitten can be transitioned to the litter you want to use.
Great news, your Cuddleton won’t need much grooming at all. They will drop their coat when winter is over and you can give them a good comb to get out the shedding hairs. We use a slicker and a rubber brush to keep the Cuddleton's tidy. A comb with staggered metal teeth is great for deep combing when your cat is moulting.
You will also need clippers to trim your cat’s claws. We use gripsoft deluxe clippers but I have also used normal "people" nail clippers. Make sure you only clip the tip and never the pink area inside the claw.
Scratching Post and Cat Gyms
Cats love a good cat scratcher or a cat gym. We recommend our great cat gyms. They are easy to assemble, super light to move for cleaning, easy to wash and dry the cubby sections and you can pack it up if you need to then get it out again later.
You can find scratchers everywhere from places like petshops, Kmart to Red Dot or online at ebay and places like Kogan.
There are lots of cute cat beds for sale these days but we are yet to have a cat that will sleep on any fancy bed that we have bought. They will sleep on our bed, in cardboard boxes, in washing baskets or on dining chairs but never on the pretty bed!!
You can make your kitty a bed from a box or plastic crate and see if they will use it before upgrading to something prettier. One exception to the rule seems to be the cheap donut style Kmart and BigW beds.
The Cuddleton's certainly love to play. An all-time favorite is the furry mouse. They are made with rabbit fur and the cats and kittens go crazy for them. You may have to hook them out from under the couch or the fridge on a regular basis!
Crinkle balls are super popular too. The cats love to scoot them around the house. We have them available in our shop in packs of twelve. Just click here
Other great toys include screwed up paper, the ring of plastic milk bottles, ribbons, bat-em toys on springs and anything with a human attached at the other end! Our Cuddletons are all fans of catnip too. You can buy dried nip or grow your own. If it is fresh scrunch it up to release the scent. Try putting some toys that have fallen out of favour in a ziplock bag with some dried nip for a few weeks. When you take them out they will be the favourite play thing again.