A few months ago we rescued a young Siamese mix cat, and besides giving him and secure and loving home, one of our top priorities was giving him a good start nutritionally. Fortunately for Apollo, IAMS™ launched a cat food just in time for National Dental Month (February). It’s called IAMS ORAL CARE COMPLETE™ and specifically targets a problem that more and more felines are facing these days – oral care. We received two complimentary 3.5 pound bags of this new formula, and Apollo was very eager to get the food trial started.
The kibble is larger, groovier, and crunchier than Apollo’s previous food, and is designed to help clean teeth and protect against plaque and tartar buildup. The pieces have been very easy for him to crunch up and eat. With added calcium, this special IAMS Proactive Oral Care formula also contributes to healthy teeth and bones. Every IAMS™ formula contains a complete and wholesome blend of nutrients making it a great choice for your cat’s health. There are no fillers in this food and the first ingredient on the list is chicken. It’s also highly digestible and contributes to a healthy coat and skin.
We have rescued many kittens over the years and have a learned a lot about how to give young cats the best start in life. Here are my top 5 tips for you!
- Be very hands on. Watch a mother cat with her litter and you’ll see how much touch and interaction goes on among them all. There’s constant pushing, poking, licking and mewing, so keep that in mind as you raise your kitten. There’s no need to protect your pet from the noise and bustle of family life; besides plenty of petting, holding and grooming, your kitten will benefit greatly from being exposed to as much as possible, provided that you strive to keep interactions positive. Introduce lots of different toys and surfaces to walk and sleep on. Let other people besides you give food and treats. Kittens who are handled a lot when young are much easier to care for throughout their lives.
- Be proactive with healthcare. The saying “prevention is worth a pound of cure” is true for cats as well as people. Two of the most common problems that kittens face early on are fleas and parasites, so choose good preventative measures with the guidance of your vet. Keep your cat up-to-date with all recommended vaccinations and ensure your house and/or yard are safe and secure. Once kittens are weaned, start them on a balanced, high-quality food like IAMS™. There are differences you can visibly see with IAMS™ like healthy skin and coat, digestion and more energy for play.
- Reinforce good behavior. When it comes to cats, trying to deliver some kind of punishment for bad behavior after the fact is usually pointless. They just don’t make the connection. It’s much more productive to consistently reward good behavior and do what you can to remove temptations and trouble from their path.
- Know what to expect. Kittens are really great at some things (learning to use the litterbox, for instance) and really exasperating when it comes to other (climbing up screens and furniture). You will save yourself so much frustration (and household damage) by learning what to expect in terms of your cat’s behavior, and what provisions to put in place. Any reliable cat care book or website you can consult will be worth the read.
- Supervise young children. There’s an exception to the rule about socialization: little children. Far too many parents are lax about this, choosing to be reactive rather than proactive (i.e. “No, Emily, don’t yank the kitty’s tail.”) The better approach is to keep very young children away from your kitten or cat unless you are there to fully supervise the interaction (i.e. catch your child before he grabs the tail). Your cat will thank you greatly for this more compassionate approach rather than allowing him to be a punching bag or teaching tool.
A healthy, well-socialized and well-loved kitten is a pet you can enjoy for life. And thank goodness they have 9 of them!
You can find IAMS ORAL CARE COMPLETE™ right now at major retailers and pet stores nationwide for $7.49 to $29.99 in 3.5, 7, 16 and 22 pound bags. . For more information, visit IAMS.com.
Giveaway: IAMS™ is giving away a total of 24 prize packs containing IAMS ORAL CARE COMPLETE™ and customized branded cat supplies (i.e. bowl, collar, etc.). The approximate retail value of each prize package is $50 and you can enter to win below! This promotion will be open from February 14th to March 31st to US residents ages 18 and up. Winners will be randomly selected by CLEVER and notified by April 7th. Only one winner per household; you can see full terms and conditions on the entry form below. Good luck!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.