KITTENS 101 pages: ASSESS THE SITUATION | ASSESSING KITTENS | NOTHING’S OPEN | MEDICAL TRIAGE | SUPPLIES | WARMING KITTENS | FEEDING KITTENS | LITTER BOX TRAINING | CREATING SPACE | GROOMING | SOCIALIZATION
1. Immediately burrito-wrap the kitten leaving only the face—eyes, nose, and mouth—
exposed. Do not take the kitten out of the towel to adjust them or check on them. Every time you take them out you will make them cold again, even if it is only for a second.
2. Wrap a heating pad set on low around the burrito towel (to avoid burns). Secure it around
the towel so it stays in place.
1. Put sugar or Karo Syrup in warm water, 50/50. Put some in a syringe and give the kitten one
drop every three minutes. SET YOUR TIMER!
2. If the kitten is not swallowing, rub some Karo or sugar-water on its gums and tongue.
3. Take care not to contaminate anything by double-dipping syringes.
Kittens from the street often develop Upper Respiratory Infections. Feline URI is similar to the common cold in humans. It’s caused by a virus, and stressful environments and situations factor in as well. With supportive care and rest in a quiet, calm place like a loving home, most cases resolve in 7-14 days.
Just like with humans, viral infections aren’t cured by antibiotics, even though they might be used for bacterial infections. A cat with URI should be separated from other cats in the household and put in a quiet space where he can recover in a low-stress setting. The cat can gradually be introduced to people and other animals in the household once he’s recovered.
Note: Always wash hands after handling sick cats.