Kit­ten Lady’s Top 5 Tips For Fos­ter­ing—Or Think­ing About Fos­ter­ing— Or­phan Kit­tens

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Get the right sup­plies! You will need spe­cialty items such as kit­ten for­mula, bot­tles, baby blan­kets, baby wipes, a dig­i­tal scale, and more. You can find in­for­ma­tion about what you'll need at Kit­tenLady.org/sup­plies.

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Feed them prop­erly. Al­ways feed kit­tens fresh, com­fort­ably warm for­mula, and feed while in a belly-down po­si­tion. Never feed a kit­ten on her back, as this is dan­ger­ous and can cause the kit­ten to in­hale fluid into the lungs. Pro­vide food ev­ery few hours, ac­cord­ing to their needs for their age. You can learn about feed­ing kit­tens at Kit­tenLady.org/feed­ing.

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Help them go to the bath­room. Kit­tens can't go on their own dur­ing the first three weeks of life, so you can help them by stim­u­lat­ing them with a soft tis­sue to repli­cate the sen­sa­tion of their mother lick­ing them. Mon­i­tor for any con­cern­ing signs, such as di­ar­rhea, and treat ac­cord­ingly. Learn about bath­room busi­ness at Kit­tenLady.org/bath­room.

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Mon­i­tor, mon­i­tor, mon­i­tor! Weigh the kit­tens daily to en­sure that they are mak­ing proper gains. Mon­i­tor their body com­po­si­tion and tem­per­a­ment and pro­vide im­me­di­ate treat­ment if any signs of ill­ness oc­cur. While kit­tens are very sus­cep­ti­ble to ill­ness, even sick kit­tens can of­ten be saved if mon­i­tor­ing and early in­ter­ven­tion prac­tices are in place. Learn to as­sess kit­tens at Kit­tenLady.org/as­sess­ing.

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Prac­tice healthy bound­aries! Know that it's okay not to take on too much at once, and to take a break in be­tween lit­ters. Self-care is an­i­mal care, and we have to take care of our­selves be­fore we can take care of oth­ers. Keep your fos­ter­ing sus­tain­able so that you can con­tinue to save lives for years to come. The an­i­mals need you!

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