Congratulations on your new addition and welcome to the world of the New Zealand Miradoll.
Both the Miradoll and the Bagheera kitten's are a medium to large breed, males reaching upwards of 7 to 8 kg, females being generally more petite at 5 to 6 kg. They are quite slow to mature, maturing at about three to four years of agee. This gives them longevity of life (we anticipate a life expectancy of up to 20 years) and keeps them kitten playful for a long time!
Kitten's believe that everything on Earth is there for their entertainment, so we must take care to make sure nothing harmful comes into their reach (and remember... they're cats... so their reach is considerably longer than you may think!). Please research your house plants to make sure they aren't harmful to kitties... even hanging ones, cats are VERY resourceful when they get it into their minds that they want something. Also, beware of any thin linear object such as thread, string, floss, etc... as kittens LOVE to play with things like this, but--if swallowed--it can be fatal.
These sweet babies have been raised on a top quality diet of Royal Canin Biscuits ('Fit' and 'Sensible') and fresh cooked meat such as chicken. Their diet can be changed gradually or you can keep them on this brand for their life time. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THEM MILK AS CATS CAN BE LACTOSE INTOLERANT, WATER ONLY.
Their absolute favourite treats are Temptations. Please don’t over feed on these as they are full of calories, just like us eating lollies!
These cat's are a healthy and robust breed due to their wide genetic gene pool, also referred to as ‘hybrid vigour’. They are not susceptible to any known illnesses or diseases and here, at Abracadabra Cats, all of our Mum’s and Dad’s have had full genetic health testing. This test includes genetic testing for the HCM gene, PKD, PRA-b and PK def. Our cat’s have regular health examinations and we follow a strict vaccination programme.
Health is of the utmost importance to us.
They are kept indoors in a controlled environment to reduce the possibility of contact with any illnesses or parasites.
Our kitten's have been bred as indoor only cats. There are just too many dangers outdoors from dogs, cars, even other cats who don't have the sweetness and manners our kitties possess!
Our ideal home would be one where our sweet kitten's are kept as indoor ONLY cats but we understand here in New Zealand it really is your personal preference as to whether you choose to let your kitten go outdoors.
There are many options for cat safe areas, aviaries, catios, fencing off a part of your verandah, etc and they can lead very fulfilled and happy lives being indoors. There are so many neat cat toys, scratch posts and all sorts to keep them entertained and happy. One of the best things you could do if you work long hours is to have two kittens, so they have company while you are away.
When you first receive your kitten, please be aware that--for all his/her life--we have been their people. It will take a little while for their bonds of affection to break with us and form with you, their new forever family.
My suggestion, to speed the process, is to set up a litter box and food & water bowls in a very small room and let this be your kitten’s first introduction to his/her new home. Let your new kitty explore their new surroundings (cats NEED to feel that they're completely safe, so your kitty will need to see, smell and feel every nook and cranny before he/she can feel comfortable in the room) and then come visit him/her. Sit and talk to him/her but let your kitty come to you when he or she is comfortable. Let him/her stay in this room for a day or two and make frequent visits. Given time, your kitten will joyfully run to you for attention. When you feel that you and your kitten have bonded, you can let them out of the small room and let them get a feel for the rest of their new home. If you have another pet, please introduce your new kitten gradually and with close supervision. Don't leave them alone together for at least a few days to make sure your old friend fully accepts your new friend.
From ten weeks of age the kittens go through quite a few stresses on their wee bodies. They have their first ‘live vaccine’ which introduces mild strains of disease into their systems so they can mount an immune response. They also have a trip to the vet and an anesthetic to be neutered or spayed.
Within a week or two of this happening they then have another major stress of leaving all that they know with their journey to their new family. Some will travel via Air NZ, others will have their first journey in a cat carry cage. This is the first time they will feel alone being away from their Mum and littermates.
In their new home they will be exposed to different ‘bugs’ (called well bugs) on top of this. In the first fortnight with you it is not uncommon for a kitten to develop conjunctivitis, sneezing or mild diarrhea, not always but please be aware this is something that could happen. This is caused from both stress, being exposed to different bugs and/or the vaccination. This is nothing to worry about but please contact me in the first instance for advice if this does happen.
Enjoy your new addition!