Since my last post was about kittens and kitten season, I spent much of my weekend napping. The other parts I spent eating, and in between I pondered kittens. I specifically pondered how you can prepare yourselves for the season. Picture this scenario:
Friend: Hey, you. I’m calling because I found three kittens. They’re only three weeks old. Should I take them to my local open-admission shelter?
You: No! Call a no-kill shelter first.
Friend: I did, but they’re full and said that I need to foster them. I can’t do it.
This, dear reader, is where you have a chance to be a hero to three little tiny lives. This is where you can say:
You: I am prepared for this! Thanks to Crepes, I have everything I need! Bring me the kittens and I will foster them until they’re ready to adopt!
Great answer! You are now a super hero.
Here’s a list of a few things you’ll need to prepare yourself to give this life-saving answer:
- A heating pad without auto off. Baby kittens need to stay warm, so a heating pad is essential. Place it under HALF the box so they can get away if it gets too warm.
- Kitten Bottles. If they’re under six weeks old, you’ll need to feed them with bottles every few hours.
- KMR powder. Powdered versions are easy to keep in your kitten kit.
- Canned kitten food for older kittens (around four weeks as you begin to wean).
- Pee Pads. They line the box and help keep the kitten area clean.
- Towels. Kittens are messy. Wash them daily (the towels, not the kittens.)
- Hand Sanitizer. Until you know the kittens are healthy, sanitize and wash after EVERY handling, especially before petting your own cats.
- A smock. This goes with the hand sanitizer. Cuddle kittens while keeping your own clothes clean.
- Sandles. These are to be worn only in the kitten room to keep your feet clean and to stop you from tracking any viruses through the rest of your house.
- A tiny litter box. Grease trap aluminum pans for your grill work great and are the perfect tiny size. Use a clean one and throw it out when it’s dirty
- A little food scale and bowl to weigh tiny ones or a baby scale to weigh larger kitties
- Plain clay litter
That’s what we keep in our kit here so that we’re always prepared, just in case!
UPDATE: We updated our list per some great suggestions from Random Felines, a blog that’s all about foster kittens and a lady behind it who does great work as a foster mom!
Now get out there and be a kitten super hero!
PS. Did I miss anything in the kit? What do you keep in yours? Tell me in the comments!