Shelters saving more at-risk kittens - Dr. Marty Becker

Shelters saving more at-risk kittens

Tuesday, Mar 4th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Newborn kittensDoes your shelter have a kitten nursery? It’s one of the trends in the shelter community’s efforts to save more animals, especially those who typically aren’t considered adoptable.

Kittens? Unadoptable? You’d be surprised. Young kittens are among the most at-risk animals in shelters. Kittens who are old enough to be adopted usually fly out of shelters, but those younger than 8 weeks have special needs.

Newborn kittens must be bottle-fed every two hours and are highly vulnerable to disease. They also require socialization at an early age. That’s more intensive care than many shelters have been able or willing to give. But some progressive shelters are responding to the challenge with kitten nurseries that save tiny feline lives until they’re ready for adoption.

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