1. Kittens eat Redford Naturals Kitten Chicken Recipe and Salmon Recipe, along with many of our adults who are often pregnant, nursing, or regaining weight. As a normal maintenance diet in an adult Maine Coon, you may want to consider a Redford Naturals Adult recipe. We also feed a quality wet food: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon Recipe Please note: Kittens and cat also eat raw meats. We recommend the Cat C.R.A.P. (Completely Raw and Proud) on Facebook for recipes and ratios.
2. We primarily use pine pellet litter and start with open litter boxes, then transition to covered litter boxes at about 8 weeks. However, we are also sure to potty train kittens with regular, scented, and clumping litter as well, because oftentimes that is what our future families like to use. Our kittens are successfully potty trained and usually transition well from one type to another, including a different type of litter box (such as a Litter Robot).
3. The best way to acclimate your kitten to a new home environment is to keep the kitten isolated in a smaller area of the house for a few days and even up to one week so that he/she can become comfortable in a specific room, know the location of their new litter box, and get to know their new furry family members safely through a crack in the door by scent, instead of direct smell, sight, touch, etc. After this isolation period, a cat or kitten will do very well when the door is opened and they can explore at their will.
4. For brushing, it is recommended that you get a small slicker brush and a dematting rake (the latter in case of a bit larger mat). Combs can help get small tangles and little knots out, but regular brushing is key to make sure your cat's coat stays looking great! Chris Christensen products are expensive, but I do recommend them. The Ice on Ice Dematting spray, along with the shampoo and rinse, are great. However, if you would like to just choose one product, I would recommend the spray in the event that you just need to comb through the fur more easily.
5. A cat tree and a scratching post (or a combination) will be great for your kitten to have! Cats love to be perched up high near a window, and they do love to scratch. Catnip on your scratching post is a fun way to get a kitten interested, and catnip actually makes your cat feel happier and more calm.
6. Feline facial pheromones are proven to help reduce anxiety, stress, and increase the ability for a cat or kitten to get acclimated to an environment, their new humans, and/or other cats. Depending on your needs, you may want to consider using synthetic pheromone plug-ins to ease the transition. Check out your options here: https://us.feliway.com/
Other notes: A gift basket with veterinary paperwork, a carrier, food, and some other goodies will go home with you on the day of pick up. Please remember to bring cash at pick up, unless we have previously agreed that Apple Pay or Zelle is best.