Kitten Placement - Do You Have Too Many Kittens? Need To Get The Mother Cat Spayed?
Bring your kittens, and their mom if possible, to our No-Kill kitten adoption program clinic, held every Wednesday at the SPCA at 9 am. (This is NOT an SPCA program, it is a Rescuers program, so please don't bother calling them about our program.).
The visit is free, distemper shots are $5 each, and the required blood test is $20. Mother cats MAY be accepted for adoption, but those that aren't MUST be Spayed. YOU WILL BE BRINGING ALL YOUR KITTIES HOME WITH YOU FROM THE FIRST VISIT. More details below.
Kittens between 4 weeks old (1 lb.) and 8 weeks old (2 lbs.) can be evaluated for our No-Kill adoption transport program.
This is the same time frame that the mother must be spayed, to prevent the next pregnancy, which can happen even while the kittens are nursing, and especially when they are weaning. Mothers of kittens entering our adoption program are eligible for our low-cost spays through our Kitty Fix Co-Op.
Our Weekly Transport Program To A No-Kill Adoption FacilityNote: This program is primarily for kittens under 3 lbs. = 12 weeks of age.
Kittens - Medical
At 4 weeks = 1 Ib., for our program, they are due for their first MODIFIED LIVE distemper shots.
14 to 25 days later, they are due for their booster MODIFIED LIVE distemper shots.
Mothers may be allowed to go for adoption with their kitties, if requested, and will receive spay surgeries at the larger facility. For mothers that are being kept as pets, or for mothers that are rejected for adoption, these must be spayed prior to the final acceptance of the kittens for transport to the larger facility.
2 to 9 days prior to anticipated transport (to kitten program): FIV/Leukemia blood s required. It is $20, and either the mom needs to be tested or 1 kitten per litter needs to be tested.
Kittens - Housekeeping
We strongly recommend the use of Swheatscoop, or other plant-based/digestible litters, made from corn, cob fibers, or pine. Use of clay or silicone products carriers a risk of blocking the intestinal tract, which could prove fatal.
All foods must be formulated for kittens, with their specific nutritional needs in mind.
All litters must be kept at least 4 feet ‘sneezing distance’ from all other litters, as well as totally away from all household pets, etc.
Cages and litter pans must receive a three-stage cleaning between occupants:
- Bleach water
- ammonia water
Note: Bleach does NOT kill Coccidia, an intestinal parasite, spores in litter pans, cage floors, etc. This is why Ammonia is critical to the disinfecting process!
Nursing kitten formula should contain colostrum, for example: “Just Born”. We recommend using Pedialyte for children as the water used to mix with the milk replacement powder, to supply kittens with electrolytes.
Kittens - Behavioral
All kittens should be out in and out of a carrier once day, while cage is being cleaned. This gets them comfortable with carriers.
All kittens should be taught to give Kissies, if possible.
They should have a stuffed mice and plastic balls to play with.
Lonely-Onlies should have a stuffed toy of their size to cuddle.
If you know how, or can it done professionally, please cut their front and back toe-nails a few days before transport.
If possible, teach them to answer to your whistling for treats. Mother Cats
Please remember that mother cats can get pregnant while nursing, and this is more and more likely as the kittens mature and begin weaning.
For mother cats not going to the-adoption program with their kittens, they must be spayed prior to their final acceptance of the kittens.
When spayed, mothers need to be Fi/Le tested. With proper documentation of the mothers, the kittens would Not need to be tested.
Click Here to submit an Adoption Program Evaluation Request.