Diet

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Health

Use as many unscented products as you can, litter etc.

We do give our cats regular baths. However we try not to make it a consistent thing unless they need it, so they do not lose their own oils. We will only bathe if they have gotten into something or we are working on a new diet (I like to test my cats individual allergies to foods, or if in general we feel they need a bath because they are stinkers, or we're going to show. But the baths can very from cat to cat, some LOVE water and some could care less and are a bit stubborn. Every cat has an individual preference as to water and baths. We fill the tub a few inches of water (warm). Soak them- Do NOT drown their face. For a non white animal we use GROOMER'S GOOP Glossy Coat Pet Shampoo, 1-Gallon. if they are a white cat or dog put some "#1 All Systems Professional Formula Whitening Dog and Cat Shampoo. Please follow the directions carefully depending on what product you use.- Not all cats like blow dryers. If your cat is scared of the dryer, please just towel dry until they are only damp. Make sure your house is warm and let some sunlight in, DO NOT let them walk around the house dripping! Maine Coons are generally okay with baths and water. But your cat could at any time obviously change their minds. Do not force your cat to take a bath. Your Maine coon is STRONG. They could do considerable damage to you, I suggest having a second person help you to hold or secure the cats front arms if necessary. GROOMER'S GOOP Crème Degreaser Can for Oily Coats, 4.5-Pound. We buy in bulk just due to having so many animals. The degreaser helps with their oily tails. I also highly recommend DAWN soap! It is a great degreaser and safe for animals, as it's used around the world on major oil spills to help clean birds!

NEVER CUT OR TRIM WHISKERS! It's strange I should have to say this... But apparently I do. I mean if a whisker is stabbing your cats eye obviously trim it for their eyeball's safety. But for the most part there should NEVER be a reason to remove a whisker. If you are concerned about your cat's whiskers, PLEASE contact a vet near you and if necessary or you are in the location of West Bend you can contact my vet Dr.Amanda at the Heart and Soul vet clinic and request she sees the kitten. She sees every kitten through their time within our home so she gets to know them quite well. You are ALWAYS more then welcome to reach out to me Kosmos for advice on ANY issues regarding our babies - Even after they become your babies.

NEVER declaw your cats: There is 0 reason to declaw your cats. The only reason this is done is for humans personal comfort. If you do not want furniture to be destroyed get TOYS- Get SCRATCHING POSTS. If you have enough for your cats, they will not use your furniture to stretch. Our leather couches are the PERFECT example that they will ignore furniture if you provide them with what they truly need, your babies do not want to destroy your things... They just want things too, as you are keeping them captive in a house, you should provide the very best for them. You can also easily train your cats to ignore your furniture. A squirt bottle with a little water goes a long way in training, but this will only work if they have their "own" things to own. More information on this can easily be found using this link provided below, https://pawproject.org/about-declawing/

We do not trim our cats faces with scissors or a razer. We only trim and groom the back side of their butts and their stomachs for mama(s) when she needs to breastfeed, or to help reduce hairballs. Please make sure you brush your kitten often, if not daily! You will have hairballs. Even with grooming. That's normal - however it will be 90% less random fluff bunnies, hair balls, and random clean up if you keep up with brushing and proper diet.

If you are not comfortable giving your cat a bath, please use (Tropiclean waterless cat shampoo) we got ours at Petco. I'm pretty sure Petsmart carries it as well. Squirt a little bit on a wet warm cloth and rub your cats coat gently. In the future I will also provide videos on how we groom our cats (when) we need to. However we have to clean our kittens a LOT because kittens are incredibly messy through the first 12 weeks of their life... So they should tolerate water without being too upset about it.

We use to toot about using fresh step, and that was just because of the clumping actions, but recently we have been giving Pretty Litter a test run. Honestly I like it a lot and so do the cats. I like that the scent can remain within the box and it is only poop that needs cleaned out and it's not smelling nasty to me or others who walk by. And the litter needs changed only every 30 days. It's nice for me as a breeder and just as an animal owner to be able to know what's going on inside my cat. Their urine and feces can tell you so many things, and being able to understand the situation of their health is incredibly important to me. Since cat's do not always show you when something is wrong, it's good to be able to notice anything and it not be hidden within grey dust... The dust.... Please feel free to use my code, as this helps my cattery get more litter. Ha! That's all it's for, I get extra litter when others use my code. So please use it, I can never have enough litter.

Raw food supplier that I trust:

https://www.rawdeliverymn.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=458


We do not feed our cats or dogs dry food nor do we condone the feeding of dry food!!!!!!!!!!!

Below are some OUTSTANDING links full of information and knowledge to back my seething hatred for dry food... I hate dry food so much!!!!


https://onlinelibrary.wiley.cgom/doi/epdf/10.1111/jvim.14618


https://catinfo.org/

https://feline-nutrition.org/health/species-inappropriate-the-dangers-of-dry-food

https://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-what-dry-food-does-to-your-cats-appetite

https://feline-nutrition.org/health/open-wide-the-basics-of-kitty-dentals

http://www.raisingcatsnaturally.com/sample.pdf

https://littlebigcat.com/why-dry-food-is-bad-for-cats-and-dogs/

https://littlebigcat.com/why-cats-need-canned-food-2/

https://littlebigcat.com/does-dry-food-clean-the-teeth/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6709657/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24492545

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsomega.9b01702?fbclid=IwAR3qLDOfrBtFow9-7uLX7E9G009cj4zGi9HP4cx8firjw7vA5GJ6CnHq0Cc

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/17/dry-food-wrong-for-cats.aspx

What’s really in Pet food. http://7a1eb59c2270eb1d8b3d-a9354ca433cea7ae96304b2a57fdc8a0.r60.cf1.rackcdn.com/PetFoodReport_BFUSA.pdf

Storm and Artemis are allergic to chicken. Their kittens will also be allergic to chicken... APPARENTLY MOST CATS ARE ALLERGIC TO CHICKEN... lol, it explains so much... You will be notified about specific food allergies that affect their health. Signs of allergic reactions Sneezing, coughing, and wheezing, Itchy, running eyes, Ear infections, Vomiting or diarrhea, Snoring, Swollen, sensitive paws, Excessive licking (grooming), Red or dry skin (dandruff), Scratching

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(Nutritional values of Organs) https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ee65707e-2f62-4d68-99f5-46c1906152f6

(Nutritional Values of Raw) https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ee15ea49-8812-4599-8b29-82678df07ea1

(Coconut oil in Cats *Important*) https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:fa10d01f-ebbc-4ef8-9e63-8a77c226d880


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Please read the following links pertaining to feeding fish to your cats and please share these links to your friends or family if they feed fish, especially if it is the main food source.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24378026

https://littlebigcat.com/why-fish-is-dangerous-for-cats/

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/01/03/fish-as-a-protein-source.aspx

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/is-fish-in-cat-food-bad-for-cats-maybe-more-than-you-think

http://catsndogsnaturally.com/?p=1217

https://catnutrition.wordpress.com/2007/09/22/eight-strikes-against-fishy-feeding-for-cats/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00687167 ( Tuna toxicity)

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Dry food does not clean your cat’s teeth... and most of the time they just swallow it whole anyway without actually chewing it in the first place. Even if they do chew some pieces of the starch(sugar) ball that is used to make up dry food, since they cannot brush their teeth or floss properly, problems like gingivitis become a HUGE health risk to their life because the starch(sugar) ball slime sticks to their teeth. Dental disease is the #1 most common health problem seen by veterinarians and by the age of 3, virtually all dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease. So to help keep our cats teeth clean we start at an early age by brushing their teeth with a pet toothpaste and a tiny finger brush. At 3-4 weeks they get raw! Raw meaty bones, chunks of meat and gizzards also help to clean their teeth. Even if you do use raw meaty bones to clean teeth, an annual appointment at your vet should be done just for their general well being, a good cleaning should also be provided to get under the gum line. Even raw meaty bones cannot get in the gum line, however it will help with tartar. If you are feeding a ground raw meat diet, it does help that the enzymes in the meat will not stick to the teeth like dry food will. Remember a yearly vet visit and cleaning is very important. Just as getting your yearly dental work done!

Here are a few links to read about cat dental health.

http://catinfo.org/making-cat-food/#Dental_Health

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2014/01/01/pet-oral-health.aspx

http://www.littlebigcat.com/health/does-dry-food-clean-the-teeth/

https://feline-nutrition.org/answers/answers-what-dry-food-does-to-your-cats-teeth

https://www.onlynaturalpet.com/holistic-healthcare-library/dental-oral/126/dental-care-for-pets.aspx

http://www.maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm

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Some of the links provided will be in different languages as I try my best to learn as much as I possibly can from every angle I can to better understand why and how the conclusion came to be what it is.


This link could not be anymore amazing and helpful! This is a Russian group run by intelligent minds trying to teach and share information. A translator is 100% worth it in reading this information they have gathered to share with others.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/392999131100074

https://www.facebook.com/groups/392999131100074/

(Above is the facebook link for the group itself)

Below are just a plethora of links that have crazy amounts of information and knowledge that definitely pertain to the life of you and your cat.

This is a Microbiology, Virology, Microbial Contaminants and Bioremediation (IDEH) group! This group is flippen awesome!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/295700253919841/

This is a Bacteriology and Lovers & Learners group. The information they provide is outstanding and they love teaching!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/524131408044046/

This group is all about Virology and Phage research! This is always going to be relevant information to our existence.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bacteriophageresearch/

This group is all about Microbiology and Immunology

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1824272320924379/

This is a Vet approved comment group only. There are a lot of members so please make sure you read the rules of all the groups you choose to join carefully. (For your own sanity)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/337421456457048/


This group wants to teach you genetics and colors (Not just tell you what colors are or guess) This group is absolutely one of my favorites for information and knowledge and also helps me understand what I as a breeder am looking for.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1793568690918441/