How To Best Care For Your Pixie Bob Kittens

You’ve finally found your perfect Pixie Bob kitten. Great and congratulations!

What kitten care should you provide when you bring it home? Do you remember everything your new fur baby’s breeder told you? Maybe not and that’s understandable. You’re way too excited to focus on anything else!

Breeders are always happy to share their knowledge with you, but it is often hard for new owners to remember everything about kitten care they were told. This series of articles will help ensure that your transition goes smoothly by reminding you of important tips and tricks related to the care of your Pixie Bob!

  1. Prepare your home.
  2. The first two weeks in the new home.
  3. Introduction into the home after the first two weeks.
  4. Meeting all family members.
  5. Meeting the dog.
  6. Meeting the other cat(s).

Prepare your home

Let’s just start with preparing your home for the arrival of your dream Pixie Bob.

Kittens will continuously teeth until they are about 6-7 months old. While teething, they tend to seek relief by chewing on things – just like a human baby would. Anything and everything goes. Cables – check! Toilet paper rolls – check! Throw rug fringe – check!

Now, it’s not a big deal if the kitten shreds and eats toilet paper. But any kind of strings or worse – electrical cables can be quite dangerous.

Do yourself the favor and buy simple cord covers and temporarily stash anything that has strings on it or could be dissolved into strings.

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Chewsafe Cord Protector

Here is an inexpensive, easy-to-use cord protector that will save the kitten from harm and prevent you having to replace cords – en masse.

The first two weeks in the new home

You should always confine your kitten in a small room (even a bathroom will do) for the first two weeks. Why you should ask. Won’t it be lonely?

Your home is familiar to you. It is not familiar to the kitten. There are new sounds, new sights, new people, and new smells. All that can overwhelm your kitten.

Let’s just start with the new smells. Do you know how cats find their litterbox? Well, they find it by smell.

“Excuse me! I keep the litterbox pristinely clean. I don’t like to smell it at all.”

To be honest, nobody likes to smell a litterbox. But don’t forget that a cat’s smell is 14 times better than yours. It is absolutely a fact that cats know where their litterbox is by smell. Keeping your kitten in a separate room for the first two weeks allows it to put its smell on the litterbox. If you cut this time short, you might find your kitten getting confused and eliminating in places other than the litterbox.

Even the best-socialized kitten will be apprehensive when meeting new people. It is in their DNA. They don’t know you from Adam. For all they know, you could be a predator meaning them harm. Most kittens will relax in just a couple of days but you still need to continue confining them for two weeks.

And this becomes even more important when you have an existing cat. Rehoming is stressful for a kitten and the higher the stress, the more likely they might come down with a case of the sniffles. Do you really want to take two cats to the vet for treatment?

Give your kitten the gift of confinement. It is a gift. It’s a small space they can easily survey and it makes them feel safe.

Introduction into the home after the first two weeks

The two-week confinement is over and it’s time for your new furry fluffball to dash out into your house. OK, not so fast.

I highly recommend that you do so gradually. Open the door to the room where you kept the kitten. Close the doors to all other rooms. That way, the kitten has a limited area it can explore for 3-5 days. During that time, please keep the litterbox in the exact same place. Do not move it until the introduction to the entire house has been completed.

After 3-5 days, you can open one door to another room. And from there, you rinse and repeat until the kitten has access to the entire home.

One note of caution, if you have more than one level in your house, there needs to be one litterbox per level until the kitten is around 6-7 months of age. Kittens younger than this have the attention span of a 2-year-old child and they might play upstairs, needing to relieve themselves and simply not remember where that litterbox is located.

Meeting all family members

Now, if it’s just you or you and your partner, you can simply skip that step. But let’s just say you are a family with two kids.

During the initial period of confinement, you can start the introduction after the first 2 days – one child at a time. Don’t have your kiddos go into the confinement room, all excited, trying to grab the kitten. This is a surefire way for your kitten to grow into a cat that doesn’t like kids.

Many of us also consider friends part of the family. Please refrain from friends coming over to meet the new furry family member for the first month. This is too much for a kitten to handle. Just don’t do it no matter how much your friends want to meet the Fluffinator.

Meeting the dog

First, please wait until the kitten has finished confinement and has been in some parts of the house for about a week. After 3 weeks, you can give it a whirl.

One might be tempted to allow the dog to approach the kitten when they first meet but don’t allow that to happen – particularly if your new kitten has never seen a dog before.

If you don’t already have a crate for your dog – get one. Put the doggy in the crate and allow the kitten to approach the dog on its own terms.

You’ll most definitely see some posturing and even hissing on part of the kitten. That’s alright. Keep in mind that a kitten will interpret your dog’s wagging tail as a sign of imminent attack. It will take a while before the kitten realizes that the wagging tail doesn’t mean “danger” but that it’s o.k.

Continue having your dog and the new kitten meet in the above-mentioned way until the kitten shows no signs of posturing and no longer hisses but is curious about “that thing” in the crate. Then it is time to open the crate door and allow these two to meet snout-to-snout for the first time.

A word of caution – never, ever allow your kitten unaccompanied with the dog for the first 3-4 months while you are not at home.

Meeting the other cat(s)

There’s a process to properly introduce your new kitten to the existing cats. Trust me – if you follow this to the “T”, it’ll be a smashing success.

Cats are territorial. The new kitten smells as though it does not belong. It takes time for the new kitten to start smelling like your home.

You can somewhat hasten this process by grabbing your towel after you are done with your shower and rubbing the kitten down with it. This transfers your scent onto the kitten.

But wait – there’s more! While the kitten is in confinement, place a bowl of food for each cat on opposite sites of the door behind which the kitten is. That way, your current cat(s) are “forced” to eat where they can smell that kitten.

Observe closely – once you see some “footsie action” going on under that door when your cat(s) start playing with the kitten and once all hissing has subsided, it is time for your cat(s) to meet the newcomer.

The moral of the story

Take your time with everything. Cats naturally do not fancy change. The slower you go, the higher your chances of succeeding and making adding a new family member of the feline persuasion a success.

Nothing is hard than undoing the damage done if you move too fast. In some instances, you won’t be able to repair said damage and your kitten might end up fearful or hate the dog or your existing cat(s) will never accept the newcomer.

If you follow these instructions, you will be successful.

How Rare Is The Pixie Bob Cat Really?

The rare Pixie Bob Cat – but what constitutes a rare Pixie Bob cat?

“Rare” refers to any breed with few breeders and few cats. In comparison to the very popular Maine Coon or Bengal, the Pixie Bob cat is extremely rare.

What makes a rare Pixie Bob cat?

Right off the bat, there are just around 40 active breeders worldwide, and the number continues to decline.

Needless to say, given the low number of active breeders, the overall number of active, breeding cats is also very low.

The written standard only allows one color for the Pixie Bob cat – brown spotted tabby. Therefore, even though plenty of cats fit the standard perfectly in that respect, the Pixie Bob cat is still considered rare.

What different colors and patterns are there?

Because of its barn cat heritage, you will occasionally see a kitten or cat that doesn’t quite fit the standard advertised as “rare” with a matching price tag.

For instance, the rare Pixie Bob cat also comes in melanistic, pointed, and dilute coat colors and classic pattern. All these traits are considered non-standard. The classic pattern looks a lot like a swirly pound cake and is similar to the marble pattern in Bengals.

Recently, a newborn “rare” Pixie Bob cat made its way onto the world stage, introduced by a newbie breeder as “melanistic” and “rare.” However, the kitten was, in fact, a brown spotted tabby, albeit a very dark one.

Shaggy-coated kittens are born almost black. As they mature, their color will lighten up considerably.

That begs the question: “What in the world is a melanistic kitten? And is that kind of Pixie Bob cat rare?

What is melanism?

Melanism is the opposite of albinism. Albinism is the utter lack or complete absence of pigmentation, while melanism is the presence of excessive melanin production, especially as a form of color variation in animals. The word derives its origin from the Greek word “melan,” meaning “black pigment.”

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A melanistic Pixie Bob kitten

A melanistic rare Pixie Bob cat may show very faint tabby markings, but only if sunlight hits their body just right. In other words, melanistic cats have almost black markings on a completely black bodies.

Melanistic kittens are born completely black with no discernible smidgen of tabby markings anywhere on their bodies. There are no face marking, no white chin, no eye liner. You will not find a single hair on a melanistic kitten that is not black.

Rare also infers to a breed with a limited gene pool. With a mere 40 breeders worldwide, you can imagine that the gene pool may not be as diverse as that of a breed that has well over 200+ breeders worldwide. It takes careful pedigree study and planning pairing several years out to ensure that genetic diversity remains stable and within an acceptable level.

Only very few Pixie Bob breeders currently introduce found cats into their program. One could argue that improvement of type is one of the reasons; however, this is mostly done to ensure genetic diversity. Forest Hunter Pixie Bobs takes genetic diversity extremely seriously as it is paramount to producing kittens that are healthy and remain that way throughout their life span.

So there you have it. The Pixie Bob cat is rare in itself. Melanistic, pointed, and dilute colors even more so as well as the classic coat pattern. But keep in mind that only a brown spotted tabby can enter the show ring.

A breeder marketing a kitten with a color or pattern that does not fit the standard (tail length aside) as “rare” with a price tag to match, does so to capitalize on the kitten’s appearance rather than striving to improve type, health, and vigor.

The kitten’s exotic looks may be intriguing; however, this type of behavior should be a reason to more closely examine the breeder’s intent. And perhaps you would be better off finding a Pixie Bob breeder who breeds for the right reasons.

The #1 Comprehensive Pixie Bob Kitten Buying Guide

We felt a need for a Pixie Bob kitten buying guide as not a month goes by without a distraught pet buyer contacting us to either obtain another kitten or to ask for help with the one they got from another breeder.

The complaints range from receiving an extremely shy kitten to a kitten that comes with parasites all the way up to having lost a kitten or a young adult to heart disease or FIP.

We belong to several Facebook forums that offer disgruntled or dismayed pet buyers an avenue to talk about their experiences and warn others.

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What a cute Pixie Bob Kitten!

After wading through the information provided, one thing almost always becomes obvious – these buyers made the typical “newbie” mistakes:

  • Wanted a kitten RIGHT NOW!
  • Did not interview multiple breeders.
  • Did not call the registry (TICA, CFA, ACFA, etc.) to inquire about the breeder’s standing.
  • Bought it on a whim without researching the breed and the breeder.
  • Did not get a decent contract.
  • Did not get a WRITTEN health guarantee.
  • Did not visit the cattery where possible or accepted that they could not visit due to “safety concerns.”
  • Did not closely examine all pictures and documents provided by the breeder.
  • Did not research the internet for any potentially negative information about the breeder, such as the Better Business Bureau or consumer complaint sites.
  • Did not bother to establish a relationship with the breeder first.
  • Did not have access to a Pixie Bob kitten buying guide.

That said – the information is fundamental and limited. It is not unheard that a buyer doing business with a registered breeder listed on these websites had a horrible experience. Being registered, unfortunately, does not guarantee that you are dealing with a good breeder.

Most cat fancy registries such as TICA, ACFA, and CFA have some form of a kitten buying guide for potential buyers to help navigate the buying process and make it a success.

All of the aforementioned registries clearly state on their websites that any breeder registration or listing does not constitute an endorsement. Unfortunately, some buyers found that to be true, the hard way.

Our Solution – The #1 Comprehensive Pixie Bob Kitten Buying Guide

After 18 years of breeding, we have seen it all, heard it all, and many times shook our heads in utter disbelief.

These sad stories often go untold, and nothing is learned from them. Or they get highly publicized in some online forum ruffling countless feathers only to end up repeating themselves over and over. The jaded buyers almost always repeat the same mantra over and over: “I didn’t know and thought I did the right thing. Now I know better.”

Needless to say that this statement is always accompanied by hefty vet bills and, at times, even heartbreak over having lost a kitten because of an unscrupulous breeder.

We decided that perhaps we should put our vast experience (rescue for 25 years and counting and breeding for 20 years and counting) into a series of detailed articles examining each aspect of the Pixie Bob kitten buying guide by providing specific information and how to’s. The #1 Comprehensive Kitten Buying Guide was born.

Over the coming weeks, we will publish several articles as part of our Pixie Bob kitten buying guide talking about each of the common newbie kitten buyer mistakes listed above, what to do, and what to avoid. Please feel free to check back each week for the next article in this series.

What are cat registries and how can they help you?

This is the third article in our series of tips and tricks and the #1 Comprehensive Kitten Buying Guide. Today we will talk about cat registries, what they are, what they are not, and how they can help you when researching breeders who you consider buying from.

What is a purebred cat registry?

It’s actually quite simple. Purebred cat registries are organizations that keep and maintain ancestry records of purebred cats. The largest ones are:

  • The International Cat Association (TICA)
  • American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA)
  • Cat Fanciers Association (CFA)
  • World Cat Federation (WCF)

All of these cat registries offer memberships, will register cattery names, and of course issue litter registrations as well as individual cat registrations (commonly referred to as papers). It should be noted that you do not have to have a current membership to get litter and individual cat registration papers processed.

Although a registered cattery name does not constitute an endorsement of the breeder by the registry, it can give you an idea of how committed a breeder is to promoting the cat fancy as a whole as well as their level of professionalism.

What are cat registries not?

Purebred cat registries are not a policing body. None of them get involved in contractual disputes nor will they vouch for any of their registered members.

Because a jaded pet buyer represents the potential of negative press for a cat fancy organization, most of them will get involved if a pet buyer does not receive papers or if they report very bad conditions at a breeder’s home.

Unfortunately, they also ask for a hefty fee for filing a complaint with no guarantee of producing the desired outcome. In our opinion, pet buyers are the single most important aspect of the cat fancy, and much more should be done by the various registries to ensure those pet buyers having run into trouble with their purebred cat are treated fairly. Nothing would get an unresponsive breeder going faster than the threat of a fine and/or temporary suspension if they fail to provide papers.

Just call them!

When you have narrowed your search for a breeder to buy a purebred cat to a couple of potential options, pick up the phone and call the purebred cat registry they claim to belong to. You can get the following information:

– Verify the registered cattery name
– Verify when the cattery was registered
– Verify if the breeder is an active member
– Verify if the breeder is currently a member or ever has been a member
– Verify if current membership is in good standing
– Verify if there has ever been a complaint against the breeder
– Verify if a breeder has continuously registered litters with the organization
– Verify if the kitten’s parents are in fact cats registered with the organization

What does this information mean to you?

Let’s use a couple of fictitious breeders to illustrate how this information would be beneficial to a pet buyer.

Breeder #1

Mary Smith claims to have a registered cattery by the name of FunkyCats with TICA and claims to have been a member for 15 years.

When you call TICA, you are told that the cattery name indeed is registered and that Mary Smith is the owner of record. You are told that the cattery name was registered 15 years ago.

You also find out that the breeder is no longer an active member and hasn’t been one in 5 years. Prior to that, she was a member in good standing and has never had a single complaint against her. Furthermore, she does own the registered cats that are the parents to the kitten you want to buy and she also regularly registers litters with TICA.

Breeder #2

Helen Miller claims to have a registered cattery by the name of TopCats with XYZ registry and has been a breeder for 4 years.

When you call XYZ registry, you are told that TopCats is a registered cattery name, that was issued 4 years ago and that Helen Miller is the owner.

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Forest Hunter Mia

Upon further investigation, you find out that Helen has been a member in good standing for the entire 4 years. However; she only has two cats registered to her name and has not registered a single litter to this cattery name. Matter of fact, there is no record of the kitten’s parents being registered within the organization.

It should be noted that all you need to do to be a “member in good standing” is to pay your membership fees and not have had sanctions levied against you.

Although Mary Smith currently does not have an active membership with her registry, she would be considered a breeder you might want to buy from. Some breeders let their memberships laps because they might not agree with some of the politics within the organization or because they simply do not see a benefit.

Helen’s information on the other hand would represent a big red flag. It looks as though Helen is breeding unregistered cats and is using the registered cattery name to lend legitimacy to her backyard breeding ways.

We hope you enjoyed the third article in this series and consider subscribing so you receive our handy dandy reference guide for you to keep via email once this series concludes.

Cat Breeder Interview – The Important Step #2

Finding ethical breeders is hard. The cat breeder interview is the second step in the kitten buying process and the second article in our “#1 Comprehensive Kitten Buying Guide” series.

At this time, you have zeroed in on a breed or perhaps two and you have found some promising ethical breeders. So what’s next? Well, of course the cat breeder interview!! You need to interview each breeder and ask the same questions so you can compare apples with apples.

Good breeders welcome questions and will happily answer them. Texting or Facebook Messaging seems to be a new kind of communication tool many fancy; however, it does not convey tone or sincerity and is suitable only for first contact.

Please pick up the phone and talk the to each breeder. Any breeder that tells you they are too busy for an interview are very likely too busy when it comes to lending support to you and your new kitten if things go wrong.

In the previous article, “The Horror of an Impulsive Kitten Purchase“, we talked about questions you should ask:

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Now let’s go over each question and explain what answers you should be getting and what answers are “red flags“.

  • What is your registered cattery name and what registry are you registered with?
  • What contract do you offer and can you send me a copy to review?
  • What health guarantee do you offer?
  • What is included in the purchase price?
  • When will I receive the papers?
  • Can I visit your cattery? Or can I pick up my kitten in person (if the cattery is out of state)?
  • How old will the kitten be when it comes to me?
  • If I ever cannot take care of the cat any longer, will you take it back?
  • Do you have more pictures of the kitten and also pictures of the parents?
  • Do you own both parents?

Now let’s go over each question and explain what answers you should be getting and what answers are “red flags“.

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Kitten Pile!

Ethical Breeders – List of Questions

What is your registered cattery name and what registry are you registered with?

The answer is rather simple. Ethical breeders should give you the accurate spelling of their cattery name and let you know which registry they belong to, such as TICA, ACFA, CFA, etc. Please note that REFR or any other pseudo registries are a “red flag”.

What contract do you offer and can you send me a copy to review?

Again, the answer is super simple. The breeder should tell you that they have a purchase contract and be happy to email you a copy for your review. Anything less is a “red flag”.

What health guarantee do you offer?

The breeder should repeat what is guaranteed per their contract. If you hear something that is not listed, ask if it can be added. If the breeder then “back paddles”, you are looking at another “red flag”.

Many so-called ethical breeders “guarantee” their kittens for just the first 72 hours. Keep in mind that many issues have incubation periods of a week or longer. It would be acceptable to guarantee the kitten against FeLV/FIV for 72 hours; however, anything else should be guaranteed for 14 days.

In the case of hereditary issues such as HCM, PKD, etc. a guarantee should span several years.

What is included in the purchase price?

During the cat breeder interview, the breeder should tell you exactly what the purchase price includes. Many breeders unfortunately do not include spay/neuter or rabies vaccines. Offering a kitten with just one FVRCP vaccine is another one of those wonderful “red flags”.

When will I receive papers?

In the event that the breeder practices early spay/neuter, the kitten should come with papers. Otherwise, papers should be provided once proof of alteration has been provided. Kittens offered at a “substantial” discount if you don’t want papers is yet another “red flag”.

Can I visit your cattery? Or can I pick up my kitten in person (if the cattery is out of state)?

As of the writing of this article, COVID19 presents a challenge when it comes to visiting a cattery. However; the breeder should have no issues with the request to pick up the kitten at their home in person. Any breeder insisting to meet you at the local Piggley Wiggley parking lot is a “red flag”.

You can also ask ethical breeders if they offer FaceTime or Zoom or Skype so you can see the kitten “live” before you make a commitment, and they should happily oblige.

How old will the kitten be when it comes to me?

All larger registries such as TICA, ACFA, CFA, WCF, etc. require their breeders to administer at least two inoculations before rehoming the kitten.

The first vaccine is given at 8 weeks of age and the second one follows 4 weeks later. Consider it a “red flag” if a breeder offers to let a kitten go any younger than 12 weeks of age.

If I ever cannot take care of the cat any longer, will you take it back?

Ethical breeders will not only respond to this question with a resounding YES!! but also refer you to the paragraph in their contract that handles the very issue.

They will tell you that you are responsible for any costs, such as shipping and updated vaccines; however, they will absolutely want to take their “kitten” back.

Pixie Bob Traits – Top 5 Reasons Why They Are Simply Perfect

You might ask yourself if the Pixie Bob traits make this breed a good fit for your and your family. Look no further. Here are the Top 5 reasons why to choose a Pixie Bob cat (TICA or ACFA registered of course) as your next family member:

One of the top Pixie Bob traits – they are afraid of nothing

You’ve come to the right place! One of the most memorable Pixie Bobs traits is their dog-like behavior and view any family not as a group of individuals but rather as their pack. Well, pride since we are talking about the feline species.

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Just hanging out!

These cats bond strongly to not just one member of your family but to all of them. It is not uncommon for them to start the “night shift” in your bedroom only to move on to your kids’ bedroom halfway through the night. The Pixie Bob love is divided evenly among all members of a household.

Pixie Bobs thrive on human contact and will follow you around your home wherever you go. They must be near their humans. Even a vacuum won’t scare them off as this breed is quite self-assured and not afraid of much. Unlike other cats, water is not a deterrent and neither are noisy kids.

More Pixie Bob traits – you want a minimal maintenance cat

Another major Pixie Bob trait is the low maintenance this breed requires. Regardless of what type of coat your kitten/cat has, all you need is an occasional brushing every other week and that’s it. Add to that a monthly nail trim and your grooming “chores” are done.

You want a quiet cat – not a talker

Pixie Bob cats are not known for being talkers. They are mostly quiet and will communicate with little chirps. Only if something is of real importance to them will use their “louder” voice.

One of the best Pixie Bob traits – their intelligence

Pixie Bobs are very smart cats. Most of them are self-taught fetchers. You may throw a little fuzzy ball once or twice but that is all it takes for them to catch on. Next thing you know, your cat will initiate play by bringing his fuzzy ball to you.

Pixie Bobs know the meaning of the word “NO”! If you do not want them to jump onto that kitchen counter, simply take them off and firmly tell them “NO”!.

You might need to repeat this a couple of times but that is really all it takes for them to understand that kitchen counter surfing is not a bona fide pastime.

You want a cat that has little to no known health issues

Barn cats are the origin of the Pixie Bob breed. And as it goes with barn cats, only the fittest survive. This directly translated into a hardy breed with very little known health issues. Pixie Bobs are not prone to joint issues, glandular issues or heart disease. Most of them tend to live well into their teens if not even twenties.

Our Vet Cheat Sheet – An Invaluable Resource

Knowing how overwhelming a vet visit can be, I have developed a Vet Cheat Sheet for your Pixiebobs to make things easier on Fluffy’s next check-up visit.

Let’s face it – a vet visit can be more stressful than a visit to a human doctor. There are so many acronyms. Just like human doctors, veterinarians are often rushed and do not take the time to explain everything.

Or worse, they tell you horror stories to justify why your cat needs all these vaccines. Low and behold, you’ll end up with a large vet bill containing at least 3-4 vaccines and other preventative treatments.

And of course, as soon as you leave, you feel borderline railroaded. You ask yourself if “all that” was really necessary. And you might even worry if what you just did to your Pixie Bob cat might now actually be harmful.

Chances are it was not necessary and might indeed be harmful in the long run.

Help is on the way!

Our handy dandy and free “Pixiebobs Vet Cheat Sheet” for indoor-only cats is sure to make things easier. It is a simple list based on recommendations established by AAFP – American Association of Feline Practitioners.
These recommendations will do three things:

  • Prevent disease.
  • Eliminate the potentially fatal effects of over-vaccination.
  • Protect your pocketbook.
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Our Vet Cheat Sheet

Yours – free! The Pixiebobs Vet Cheat Sheet

Just right-click on the picture to save it. Then print this out and take it with you to your next visit. This will let you know what your Pixie Bob cat needs each year.

I hope you find this simple list helpful, and it will take the stress out of Fluffy’s next “V E T” visit.

One or two – which one is better?

Pixie Bob Kitten happiness – is there such a thing? I am often getting asked how to ensure the happiness of Pixie Bob kittens. Should I get one? Or should I get two? Will one kitten by itself during the day be o.k.?

The answer is simple – yes, and yes! Well, maybe not quite that simple. Let’s dig deeper!

The Cat’s Natural Behavior

Cats are, first and foremost, nocturnal. That means during the day when you are gone, that little furball mostly lays around and sleeps. When you get home at 6 or so, your fluffy partner in crime is wide awake and ready to roll.

If the Fluffinator had a kitty pal of complimentary age, he would naturally gravitate to the other feline in the house for playtime. This certainly makes a good case for having more than one cat.

That’s a lot of money!

If the budget doesn’t allow the purchase of two purebred kittens simultaneously, it’s perfectly acceptable to look for a suitable mate at your local rescue. You accomplish two things that way – you get your purebred, AND you save a life.

Or ask the breeder if there would be a suitable retiree you could also take. They are often priced at merely the cost of the spay or neuter plus updated vaccines. On the other hand, perhaps one cat is all you want/can afford to take care of. That’s quite alright. Pixie Bobs are notorious for being fine in a busy, multi-person/animal family as well as the quiet only-cat home.

The Correct Pixie Bob Kitten Environment for Happiness

Regardless of your preference, you need to give some thought to creating a suitable indoor environment for your cat. Sounds daunting? It is quite easy, and you can do this on a reasonable budget. One thing to consider is the quality of the items you are going to purchase. Pay a bit more off the bat, and you won’t have to replace them any time soon.

So here we go (note: any links are NOT affiliated links, so you are safe to click on them, and I won’t get a penny):

Pixie Bob Kittens Happiness Perches

Pixie Bob kittens and cats love high places. Many DIY ideas on Pinterest show you how to create a kitty jungle gym on a bit of wall space while respecting your budget.

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Pixie Bob Kitten Happiness Perch

I recently bought and installed this awesome contraption. My cats love it so much that I decided to order two more. 

Pixie Bob Cat Scratchers

Cats will use their claws to mark territory. Help them be good kitties by providing them with a couple of cardboard scratchers for vertical scratching surfaces. My personal favorites are available at Target. $20 and they last forever.

The perfect cat scratcher

Cat Trees – Heaven & Happiness for Pixie Bob Kittens

Preferably, you would also invest in a good cat tree. These will not come cheap but will last for many years. Here’s what I use in my home. I bought mine 7 years ago, and it still looks fantastic.

It also has a replaceable shelf and scratch pads. They are found on Wayfair and Overstock at around $350.

Note: they are very sturdy and will last forever. They are either referred to as the Cleopatra Cat Tree or the Lotus Cat Tree.

The Lotus Cat Tree

Interactive Toys

Get some toys that Kitty Fluffington can play with on its own. The turbo scratcher has a ball that kitty can chase ad nauseam. It also doubles as a scratchpad. Little fuzzy or foam balls are wonderful to toss around, and so are smaller catnip filled toys.

Hours of fun!

And how do you get your kitten to sleep at night? Well, check back for the next article (it’s a short one) that will teach you how to handle a kitten or cat that keeps you up at night.