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Saving Kitten Lives Through Education
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You Are So Awesome!!
So many of you donated to The National Kitten Coalition during June 8’s Do More 24 fundraising drive that we raised more than $5,000, which took us over our $4,000 goal! Thank you so much for your generosity, and as we announced in last month’s newsletter, all of those donations will go to our new 'Kitten Mom’ Saving Kitten Lives Fund.
 
If you didn’t hear, the National Kitten Coalition created the 'Kitten Mom’ Saving Kitten Lives Fund to honor our co-founder Susan Spaulding and to produce webinars on a range of topics that Susan has found most helpful for saving the lives of at-risk kittens. Susan will teach many of these webinars, joined as needed by her colleagues at The National Kitten Coalition. The webinars will be available for free!
 
If you missed Do More 24, not to worry. You can donate anytime to the Fund. Just let us know when you make your donation that you wish the funds to go to the 'Kitten Mom' Fund.
And Speaking of Webinars...
We’re excited to announce that the first National Kitten Coalition webinar will take place in July! The topic will be how to prepare yourself and your home for fostering neonatal kittens. This first webinar will be taught by our very own Susan Spaulding, the 'Kitten Mom' herself! Stay tuned for more information!
Preemies and Patience: Pattycake and Peterweets!
Sometimes we never know who will show up at one of our classes! A wonderful rescuer from a small rural shelter came to a National Kitten Coalition class being taught by our co-founder, Susan Spaulding, aka 'Kitten Mom,' with one-day old preemies Pattycake and Peterweets. Pattycake weighed 1.8 ounces (51 grams) and Peterweets, 2.1 ounces (59.5 grams) (normal birth weight is approximately 3 to 4 ounces).
 
In addition to low weight, indications that kittens may be premature include skin that is be more wrinkled and fur that is thin; there may be no fur on paws or abdomen and they may not be able to hold their head up to nurse well or crawl like full-term neonates. The challenge is not the actual size per se, but that the internal organs and systems have not had time to fully mature in the womb: the lungs and digestive system are particularly vulnerable. Their immune systems are immature which makes them more prone to infections; the mother cat often deserts them when they cannot suckle well so they may not get the colostrum available to them for the first 24 hours after birth.
 
Preemies need very consistent warmth (think being in the womb) and should be fed dilute formula to allow their digestive system to mature and adjust. This is one situation where an incubator and oxygen can be beneficial.

Though they are a challenge to raise successfully, with some training and a little extra care, preemies can survive and thrive. Most will be a little behind developmentally; they gain weight and develop more slowly than full-term kittens and may be later in reaching milestones such as opening eyes. However, by about 12 weeks most will have equaled their full-term counterparts.


And here are Pattycake and Peterweets at 8.5 weeks and ready to take on the world!
Kitten Mom's Corner: How Much Should I Feed?
How often and how much to feed kittens are important questions. The answers depend on the age and weight of the kittens. Generally speaking, healthy one-week old kittens need to consume about 32 mL's of quality kitten milk replacer (not cow’s milk!) per day in a series of six to eight feedings. Four-week old kittens need more – approximately 104 mL's per day, but over three feedings. Kittens six weeks of age and older should be eating primarily solid foods in three daily feedings. We have a Kitten Feeding Chart with the details on our website, and it's available for download! Be sure to take a look at some of our other resources too!
 
 'Kitten Mom' Susan Spaulding has 25+ years' experience caring for kittens and is widely celebrated by others in the animal rescue world for her expertise with neonatal orphans and special-needs kittens who others have given up on. She is a co-founder of the National Kitten Coalition. For more information on Susan and our leadership team, visit kittencoalition.org/about-us/leadership.
A Foster's Story: Always Have a "Plan B"
“After taking a full day of training on bottle babies and nursing moms from the National Kitten Coalition, I felt empowered to take on mama cat and her three babies. Easy peasy: keep mama happy, she does all the work, I get to watch the nursing process and see the kittens grow! 
 
“But the trip home and new environment must have been unsettling to mama (oh, did I mention? The shelter also sprung a new kitten on her at the last minute). Whatever the reason, once we got home, she was just not interested in being a mama anymore and here I was with 4 bottle babies!! 
 
“Thanks to the National Kitten Coalition class, I knew just what to do to take over and feed those babies. I was managing the tasks just fine, fine enough to give mama kitty a “pass” and returned her to the shelter to be adopted. And I got those babies over the finish line! Today they are all happy and healthy in their respective Forever Homes. 
 
“Since then I have fostered 12 more bottle babies and I love it. I am sure there are more in my future! Thanks, National Kitten Coalition!"
 
- Abby M., Washington, D.C.
 
Do you have a kitten-care success story that resulted from information you received from The National Kitten Coalition? We want to hear from you! Email us at info@kittencoalition.org with your story and photos!
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About The National Kitten Coalition
 
Our team has decades of hands-on experience as shelter employees, rescue volunteers and kitten foster parents, and we bring this expertise with us when we educate and train others on up-to-date, proven information on how to save kitten lives – a labor of love we have committed to for more than 10 years.

We believe:
  • Neonatal, sick and other at-risk kittens should be given a chance to grow and thrive.
  • Our strong and well-researched educational programs save kitten lives and reduce euthanasia.
  • Those on the front lines at animal shelters, rescues organizations and in the veterinary community work tirelessly to save lives, and we stand with them in their efforts.
  • Together, we can save more lives!
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Thank you for the work you do to save animals – especially kittens!


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