Care & Training

Mokave Jag Cats are easy to care for... simply give them lots of affection and a bit of patience until they get used to their new home. These felines are extremely intelligent and naturally want to please the ones they love.

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"Samara is the most loving cat. She hugs and kisses me at least once an hour. She's always underfoot... in other words the bonding is going great!"

Jenn C.   Endicott, NY

First Day:  The Bonding Process

Jag Kittens usually bond within a few hours to a few days; young adults bond within a few hours to a few weeks. Please give your new pet up to a month to feel secure in its new home before introducing a new experience such as leash training.

Your new Jag Cat just left everything it knew to be with you so it might be a bit anxious at first, and looking for comfort and security. Make sure the adults bond with kitty first, your children second, and your pets last so your Jag Cat knows who the "alpha" leaders are.

IMPORTANT!  Do not introduce your Jag Cat to everyone the first night it arrives. The biggest mistake new Pet Parents make is rushing the bonding process. These animals need time to connect so they can learn to love and trust you. For a lasting relationship, simply follow the steps below.

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1. Upon arrival, your young Jag Cat will be stressed from all the new changes in its life. Place your kitty in a small, quiet room like a bathroom to reduce its anxiety by making it feel safe. Felines are "survival-based" and feel uncomfortable in a large room where potential predators could be hiding.

2. Leave kitty alone with food, water, and a litter box for 10 to 15 minutes so it can adjust to all the new smells and sounds in your home.

3. Enter and use a toy or feather wand to initiate playtime. Jag Cats love the sound of a human voice so talk softly to relax your new kitty and teach it to trust you. A deep voice can sound dangereous to a cat so use a higher pitch.

4. Don't be afraid to pet or gently pick up your kitty. Some Jag Cats are a little shy at first but over time they come to really enjoy being handled and loved on.

5. Associate the pleasure of eating with your presence by providing clean water and fresh dry food daily as well as offering a bit of canned food, cooked meat, or Kitty Cocktail as a treat.

IMPORTANT! It's not unusual for young adult Jag Cats to refuse to eat for the first day or two. However, your kitty needs to eat by the third day to avoid health problems; if it doesn't, give me a call and I'll tell you what to do next.

Signs of Bonding

Your Jag Cat is adjusting to its new home lowering it's stress level when it begins:

*   Eating in front of you and using its litter box.
*   Greeting you when you enter its room and purring when you give it attention.
*   Complaining when you leave the room or trying to go with you.

Your Jag Cat has now transferred its sense of safety to you instead of the room and it's time to let your new pet move into a larger space like your bedroom. Although your kitty will seem to be adjusting well, do not overstimulate it. Like toddlers, Jag Kittens need lots of rest so be a good Pet Parent and look out for your new kitten's welfare.

NOTE: Jag Cats are not destructive but they are very active, curious and playful so put away any breakables until your kitty learns the layout of its new home. Declawing is not necessary as they won't ruin your furnishings as long as they have a tall cat tree to climb.

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"The boys are doing great! Our first Mokave cat took to us so quickly but Lincoln and Louis took a little longer because we let them out of the bathroom too quickly. Nonetheless, they have come around."

Amy & Jason K.   Priest River, ID

Feeding Your Jag Cat

Jag Kittens require more nutrients than other kittens. Adult cat food does not contain enough protein, taurine, and fat for their needs. For maximum growth keep your new Jag Cat on kitten food for up to two years, but don't let it get fat. Call me if you're not sure when to switch over to adult food.

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Most Jag Cats enjoy splashing around in water so it's difficult to keep them from playing in their water bowls. Wash their bowls and provide fresh water EVERY DAY. Don't use water fountains because your Jag Cat will knock them over and then have a blast watching you clean up the mess!

Feeding Instructions

1. Feed a good-quality, dry kitten food to your Jag Kitten. I prefer Purina Pro Plan for Kittens or Purina One for Healthy Kittens. Both are premium formulas that are moderately priced, easy to find, and produce happy, healthy Jag Cats. Please note that your Jag Cat may not grow to its maximum size if placed on a different food.

Kitten Dry Food     Kitten Dry Food

If you prefer, you can use a different high-quality dry food as long as it is made for kittens, but don't buy cheap grocery store brands as they don't have the quality ingredients necessary for Jag Cat kittens. If you do switch foods, gradually replace the old food with the new so your kitten won't get an upset tummy.

2. Feed 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dry food as often as your kitten wants to eat. Don't leave a bunch of dry food out all day because it will go stale and lose its smell. (The stronger the smell, the more cats like it.) Leaving out 1/4 to 1/2 cup at night is OK because Jag Cats are nocturnal eaters.

3. A little diluted canned cat food should be used as a treat (see Kitty Cocktail recipe below) becuase the water content will keep your Jag Cat hydrated and reduce the likelihood of kidney diease later on. However, kitten dry food should always be the main meal; feeding only canned food could stunt your Jag Cat's growth.

IMPORTANT! Don't feed your kitten table scraps or cow milk as it could get diarrhea and NEVER feed it chocolate, onions, garlic, tomatoes, raw potatoes, grapes or raisins as these food items are toxic to cats (and dogs).

"Chita is eating very well. He is very active and so fast that he sometimes just looks like a blur as he runs through the rooms. Chita has a fantastic coat and coloration; his fur is soft as mink."

Nick K.   Clifton, NJ

"Thank you so much for all the help over the phone, I really appreciated it. I got back on the site, and read up on the care and special cocktail to feed kitty during its growing stages. I am so excited to get my own Jag Cat."

Kade H.  Baton Rouge, LA

Mokave's Kitty Cocktail for Growing Jag Cats

During its first year your Jag Kitten will have a growth spurt every month or two, at which time it may use up all its stored fat & nutrients and appear lean and bony. To avoid this, feed it my Kitty Cocktail. This treat will keep your Jag Cat happy, healthy and hydrated; it also contains supplements to promote good digestion and a strong immune system.

Kitty Cocktail Recipe

1/8 cup
1/3 can
1 drop
1 small scoop
1 scoop or crushed tab

5.5oz can cat food for flavoring
Liquid B-Complex
Digestive enzymes & probiotics
L-lysine 500 mg

Blend well - it should look like a thin milk shake - and serve every morning the first month after arrival and whenever your kitten is going through a growth spurt. Otherwise, serve 2-3 times a week for general growth and health maintenance.

These supplements can be found on online at

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"Khensu downed the Kitty Cocktail with no problem. I give it to him as needed just like I did with Amun. We fill their dish with dry kitten food several times a day. Amun is a really good weight and all muscle."

Deborah K.   Richmond, VA

Cat Trees & Toys

Mokave Jag Cats are very fast and can climb like monkeys, so it is imperative that you have a sturdy cat tree for them. Since they are vertical climbers; the taller the tree, the more they will like it. I start my kittens out on a small cat condo as soon as they can walk, and then gradually increase the height as they get older. By the time they are 6 to 8 weeks old they can climb a 7' cat tree in less than a second!

As a Mokave Pet Parent, you are welcome to purchase the same type of tree I use here in the cattery. See: Cat Trees for more information and free shipping!

Cat Tree

My cats also love to sleep in hammocks. You can find the best ones in pet stores where they sell rabbit and ferret supplies.

Cat Hammock

Jag Cats of all ages love to play and will often fetch a toy for you to throw for them. Plastic jingle balls and other light-weight toys are usually their preferred choice. Another favorite is a feather wand, the type attached to a string and pole -- Jag Cats go crazy for those! As their natural birding instinct kicks in, they will leap high into the air to retrieve the elusive birdie. This is cat fishing at its best!

Cat Toys

IMPORTANT:  Always supervise your Jag Cat when using feather wands, furry mice, or toys with yarn or metalic strips as the kittens will often chew on and swallow these items, which can cause internal blockages or lacerations!

When playtime is over, pick up the toy and put it safely away until next time. This will also keep your kitty from becoming bored with the toy. It's OK to leave out toys that don't contain feathers, fur, metalic strips, or string.

"Jack is non-stop! Always curious and looking for something new to try out. He uses his cat tree quite a bit, and I have been teaching him not to scratch the furniture by telling him 'No' and then showing him his scratching post."

Kitty N.   Portland, OR

Mokave Cats & Litter Boxes

Mokave Jag Cats and Jag Kittens are trained to use litter boxes just like domestic cats. Jag Cats are very clean but they will not use a litter box if it is in a high traffic or noisy area, or if the box too small or full of dirty litter. Always clean the litter box with a bleach-water solution before doing a complete litter change and add the new litter when the kitty is not around to avoid too much dust inhalation.

In big or multi-story homes, use two litter boxes until your new kitty learns the layout of your house. Keep kitty dishes far away from the litter box to avoid the kitten contaminating it's food and water supply (which can cause diarrhea). As your Mokave kitten grows, it may be necessary to switch from a litter box to a larger container. My designer breeds often prefer a large, lidless, plastic storage box as it provides more room for the bigger cats to maneuver.

I prefer EverClean litter as it has virus-killing properties that help keep kitty healthy. My favorite is Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal, a 7-day, odor-free litter that does a great job of controling smells and is easy to scoop. Whenever possible, please buy the unscented versions as your kitty's nose can be overwhelmed by the perfumed kind.

Litter       Litter

If you have the patience, you can teach your Jag Kitten to use your bathroom toilet. However, some cats will only pee in the toilet so you might still need a litter box. As you kitty matures, it will outgrow a normal litter box. I use clear plastic totes or plastic storage boxes approximately 12" deep, 18" wide and 24" long. You can find these at any Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or Target store.

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Keeping the litter box clean is important to your kitten's health. It only takes 60 seconds to clean a box every day, so no excuses! Jag Cats are very clean by nature and won't want to use a dirty, smelly box anymore than you would want to use a dirty, smelly toilet. A heavy duty pooper scooper from your local pet store will last a lifetime and do the job quickly.

If your kitten does make a "mistake" somewhere, it's easy to get rid of the smell by simply cleaning the area and then spraying the spot with a live enzyme odor eater. The spot has to stay damp for about 24 hours so the enzymes can actually eat the odor-causing molecules and remove the smell permanently.

Cleaning Supplies       Odor Remover

IMPORTANT!  Don't try to teach your Mokave cat to use the toilet outside. These cats could revert back to the wild and disappear for good, or be stolen for their beauty.

"We met them at the airport; it actually went very smooth. They already knew what a kitty litter box was for; that was nice."

Neill L.   Oceanside, CA

Bathing Your Kitten in 3 Minutes

Mokave Jag Cats and Jag Kittens can be bathed every month or two to keep their fur soft and sweet-smelling. These animals enjoy feeling clean after their bath and will get quite playful afterwards! The normal temperature for a cat is between 101 - 102.2∞F. Normal human temperature is 98.6∞F so bath water that feels warm to you actually feels cool to your cat. This is the main reason people have problems bathing their animals. Would you wash your hair in a cold shower?

Another problem is sticky, soapy fur that has not been properly rinsed. This can cause itchy "hot" spots that your pet will want to lick and scratch. To avoid this, use a quality kitten or human shampoo that has been diluted with water to make it easier to wash out of kitty's fur. Never use dog shampoo as dog fur has a different pH than cat fur. Your kitten's sense of smell is about 14 times stronger than your own so avoid shampoos with strong fragrances.

If you follow the instructions below, bathing your kitten should take about three minutes and be painless for both of you.

  1. Turn water on low to avoid scaring your kitten with the noise of rushing water. Don't wet kitty yet.
  2. Let water heat up until it is VERY warm (not hot) on your skin.
  3. Place your kitten in a deep sink or bathtub that has a hand-held shower head.
  4. Quickly wet kitty, starting behind the ears, working down to the tail. Do not wet the ears or face.
  5. Wet underside of kitty, tail, and all four legs. Softly praise your kitten as you do this.
  6. Place a dime-sized drop of diluted shampoo on your hands and rub them together.
  7. Gently stroke kitty from neck to tail being careful not to get shampoo into kitty's face or ears.
  8. Thoroughly rinse your kitten from back-of-head to tip-of-tail.
  9. Quickly pass a little water between the ear towards kitty's face. Kitty will clean its own face.
10. Drain water from kitty by gently squeezing its legs, body, and tail.
11. Wrap your kitten in a big warm towel and cuddle.

At this point, my cats seem to go into a trance for about two minutes. Now is the time to trim your kitten's nails and clean its ears!

"Khensu had his first bath here and didn't complain at all. Amun had his bath yesterday and cried the whole time as if he were being tortured. They are like night and day as far as their personalities."

Deborah K.   Richmond, VA

Trimming Your Kitten's Claws

A cat's claw can grow so long that it actually curves back towards its paw, causing discomfort when walking. A long claw also is more likely to snag on clothing or carpets. Nail trimming should be done once or twice a month, depending upon the growth of the nail. If the claws become too long and sharp, playtime can become painful for both of you!

Please don't twist or pull on kitty's toes. Also, it is better to trim a claw too long than to cut it too short as clipping the nail too close to the paw can cut the quick or nerve ending of the nail -- ouch! Once this happens, your kitten will be unlikely to cooperate with you as it will fear getting hurt again. Never use human nail clippers or scissors as they can split the nail. I prefer these small, 3" nail trimmers found at Wal-Mart and most pet stores.

Nail Trimmers

1. For best results, clip nails immediately after bathing or when kitty is relaxed after a meal or nap.
2. If possible, have someone hold kitty in a loose towel with all four feet facing down.
3. Hold a front paw and gently press on the pad and top of the foot to extend the claws.
4. Make sure that you are praising kitty for cooperating. This helps to distract the kitten.
5. Place a small, sharp claw trimmer just under the tip of a claw and clip.
6. Repeat the above step for each nail on that paw including the dew claw (inside claw).
7. Do the other front paw.
8. Check back paws and trim as needed.

Trimming Nails

"My daughter holds Isis so I can clip her nails. Using a baby clipper works best for me on these little guys. You are able to see the tips better and the whole process goes safer and faster."

Kim Z.   Brookfield, IL

Cleaning Your Kitten's Ears

There are 32 individual muscles in your kitten's ear, enabling one ear to move independently of the other. Cats can use their ears to communicate emotion. For example, when angry or frightened, your kitten will lay its ears back along the side of its head. It's a good idea to check your kitten's ears every week or so, especially if you have a Jag Cat with "twisted tuft" ears as they often collect dust and dirt like magnets!

NOTE: Never put anything sharp into your kitten's ears or press too hard or too deeply as you might damage the ear drum.

1. Clean ears after bathing kitty and trimming its nails, or when kitty is relaxed after a meal or nap.
2. If possible, have someone hold kitty in a loose towel or on the couch.
3. Hold ear and gently swab the inside with a slightly damp Q-tip (preferred brand) or cotton ball.
4. Continue to clean the nooks and crannies until all visible areas are clean.
5. Praise kitty for cooperating; your tone of voice will help keep your kitten calm and happy.

If the ears are exceptionally dirty and your kitten is scratching or shaking its head, it may have an inflamed ear, which can easily be treated by your vet.

"Thank you for the pet care tips on your website. It really helped with the bath time, nail clipping, etc. They are such simple things to do."

Dani C.

Traveling With Your Mokave Kitten

Many people want to know the best way to take their Mokave on the road with them. Depending upon the size and type of vehicle you have and how long you will be gone, I recommend the following setup:

* Collapsible black pen (Walmart)
* Attachable hammock (PetSmart)
* Litter pan, litter, scooper, and disposable bags
* Towel or warm throw to cover pen
* Two small dishes for food and water
* Enough dry food for the trip (in an air-tight container)

Add in kitty's favorite toy and you're ready to go! My Mokaves will simply climb into the hammock and let the motion of the car rock them to sleep. A sprinkle of catnip in the hammock makes it even more appealing!

Do not feed your kitten much, if any, food while on the road as it could get car sick and throw up. Offer fresh, cool water when you stop to rest. Feed kitty well at night or upon arrival at your destination.

Traveling Pen