At this time of year, many of us involved in rescue have seen so many sick and failing kittens that we are asking ourselves this question: Am I making a difference? With our phone still ringing off the hook with requests for help, it feels as though the overpopulation of cats and kittens in the Bluegrass State will never end. Shelters are full, rescue groups are full to bursting, and many people who find kittens that need help are not receiving any answers to their requests for assistance. If you are one of those people, let me say this: Thank you for caring. We need more people in the world like you.
If you find a cat or kitten that needs help, here is what you can do:
Keep it warm - Use a heating pad (on low), a sock filled with rice and warmed in the microwave, a hot water bottle, and blankets or towels. Sick kittens cannot generate their own heat.
Kill the fleas - Bathe the kitten with Dawn dish washing soap (the blue variety). Dawn kills fleas.
Feed it - Most pet stores carry KMR (kitten milk replacer) in liquid and powder form and pet nurser bottles. Here is a terrific video on how to safely bottle feed a kitten Kitten Lady - How To Safely Bottle Feed A Kitten.
Call us - Even if we can' take the kitten, we are always happy to help you provide the care it needs.
"If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
― Mark Twain