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:
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!
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.
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!
Happy New Year! I wish you a wonderful, happy, joy-filled, Crepes-filled, filled Crepes, 2015!
I really hate fireworks but I did them for you.
Since I was forcibly kept away from blogging by Canadians for the last week, I was unable to post my top lists. However, I would like to share with you, if I may be so bold, my six very favorite posts by yours truly from 2014. I hope you enjoy reliving them as much as I did.
Check out this episode of the Crepes Case, in which I solve a crime scene mystery of who murdered the aloe plants.
Detective Crepes on the case!
Relive this heartfelt time from the Great Flood, when I was in exile, and I whiled away some hours learning to play the guitar with Esteban.
You can see the tear in my eye just thinking about “Greensleeves.” Or maybe it’s my herpes.
So you want to adopt a blind cat. Here are a few things you need to know.
Chief Big Tree, Defender of Snuggles
Here’s one from good old MomFOD on what made them decide to take in two bottle baby kittens while living in a hotel. There’s also a companion piece on fostering you may enjoy if you’ve ever had an interest in doing it. What is your commitment going to be like? Find out here and start saving lives! (Consider this a two-for-one.)
All done with snack time!
Remember that time I won a thong? And then I decided to pose on the beach but all my dumb siblings get kept in the way? You don’t? Refresh your memory now!
This one is for my old friend Levi. It’s my favorite because it really shows that even a blind and deaf senior kitty can find a home, a job, a purpose, and bring joy to so many. Dear Levi went to the rainbow bridge not long after this was written, but he went knowing he was loved, and that’s the best any of us can really hope for.
Levi, secret agent of love. “Snuggled, not stirred.”
I ran out of stamps so I’m just going to email you here and hope that someone forwards this to you because a quick perusal of my subscriber list shows me that you’re not on it. I’ll put my feelings on that aside for the moment. Now, this is just between you and me. Here’s what I’m hoping for for Christmas. Ready?
- I want for all my bachelor/ettes to be adopted. No joke. Can you hook them up? I don’t mean with each other, but with families who will love them.
- For Santa to subscribe to my blog
- An autographed poster of Channing Tatum. Shirtless.
- The option to just buy one shoe. I don’t need two. I only have one foot in back! Damn it, shoe companies, get with the times!
- A new magic carpet with Mickey Mouse printed on it.
- A singing bowl in which I might nap.
- For Mrs. Peabody to stop jumping on my head when I’m not looking
- 1,000 followers on Facebook
- an autographed Henri, le Chat Noir 2014 calendar
- 500 followers on Twitter (@refrigeratorcat)
- a new hair brush
- For Rocky to be well. (You can actually move this up to no. 1 on the list.)
- A ceramic drinking fountain. In white. Or stone. I’m not picky.
Thanks, Santa. I hope you don’t think I’m selfish. See, I need more followers because then more people will see my bachelors and learn about special needs goodness! Ok, that poster of Channing Tatum is maybe a little selfish. I’ll let momFOD look at it sometimes, too, though, so that negates some of my selfishness. Or maybe you can send over two of those. One for her and one for me. She also likes Keanu Reeves. And, um, the guy that plays Jon Snow. Please don’t show this to anyone! TOP SECRET!
I’ve been participating in a blogging gift exchange. I met this great blog named You, Me, and Zu. Ruby, the writer, is doing a really neat Christmas post every day up until the big day. It’s been very inspiring and thoughtful. Please make sure you also leave her a poster of Channing Tatum shirtless, and leave her a note that if she doesn’t want it, she can send it to me. I’ll find a place for it. Or just visit her blog and tell her I sent you. I think she’d like that, too.