How to Prepare Your Kitten Kit To Be A Super Hero for Kittens

Prepare for this.

Prepare for this.

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:

::phone rings::

You: Hello?

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.

Be a kitten super hero!

Be a kitten 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
Note the pee pad and towels.

Note the pee pad and towels.

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!

Love,

Crepes.

PS. Did I miss anything in the kit? What do you keep in yours? Tell me in the comments!

 

Kitten Season Is Upon Us

It’s just about that time again.

HEY! It's Kitten Season!

HEY! It’s Kitten Season!

It’s the start of Kitten Season. It’s that time of the year when all the kitties are doing their business outside, but I’m not talking about litter box business. I’m talking about the, um, private business. But again, not private litter box business because, I mean, I’ll poop in front of anyone. Anyway, you know what I mean.

What is the end result? Kittens! Lots of them.

Sure, people love kittens, but when there are too many, there aren’t enough homes. And when well-meaning people bring them in front the street at only a few weeks old, many of them meet their end because shelters don’t have the resources to care for them at that age and will euthanize them.  A terribly sad fact, but true.

Babies need someone to hold their bottles.

Babies need someone to hold their bottles.

So, how can you prepare yourselves for kitten season?

1) Make a decision. Ask yourself: Can I adopt? If yes, go find your perfect friend and know that you’ve saved a life! If no, can you foster?  If yes, keep reading. If no, can you donate supplies or volunteer your time at a local rescue?

If you CAN foster, you’ll be doing a world of good for not one but for MANY kittens throughout the season. Fosters are hugely helpful to the rescue community because they temporarily take in the kitties that the shelters have no space for, and they can offer tiny bottle baby kittens a second chance at life by giving them the care they need.

Look at him. He's clearly pleased to have been saved.

Look at him. He’s clearly pleased to have been saved.

For more information, check out these articles I wrote last kitten season. They’ll help get you off to a good start in the world of fostering.

Fostering: Is it for You?

Kitten Season: A Serious Need for Fosters

 

Love,

Crepes.

 

Tuesday Haikusday: Foster Kittens

You guys.

I don’t even know what else to say, so I’ll let my feelings come out in haiku. Eh hem…

She did it again.

Words cannot express to you

How kittens bug me.

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They’re all grey this time.

Except the one that I call

Mustache. She’s part white.

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Spinning, playing, smells.

These things all come from kittens.

Toy mice everywhere.

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There you have it. You might as well also see them. Go ahead. Look:

This is Scotty Sorbet, aka Mustache. Note the mustache and plump body type.

This is Scotty Sorbet, aka Mustache. Note the mustache and plump body type. She’s a girl.

This is Louie He arrived extremely malnourished and is now on his way to plumping up like mustache.

This is Louie He arrived extremely malnourished and is now on his way to plumping up like Mustache.

This is Martha. He's months older than the other two and has a great head of hair.

This is Martha. She’s months older than the other two and has a great head of hair.

Have you ever fostered? It’s quite an amazing experience (or so MomFOD constantly tells people). In fact, MomFOD had a little meeting last night with some rescue workers and they were saying how that would be the BEST THING you could do during kitten season. All you need is a spare room – a bathroom, bedroom, basement space – anything will do, as long as it’s safe and warm. A few weeks of your care and time would mean the world to a few little faces like you see above.

Here are some articles I wrote earlier this year:

Fostering. Is it for you?

Kitten Season: A Serious Need for Fosters

Please do consider fostering if you haven’t – it’s a life-changing experience.

Love,

Crepes.