Lessons from a Maddie’s Kitten Nursery apprentice

What can you learn from kittens? For Kat Hamlin, cat adoption specialist for PetsConnect! in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, the answer is hands-on experience, lifesaving techniques and a new perspective. Her only complaint after attending Maddie’s® Kitten Lifesaving Apprenticeship Program at Humane Society Silicon Valley?  “I wish I could have stayed longer,” she said. The… Learn More

Senior cats may soon outnumber kittens in animal shelters

“Ramp up your medical programs for seniors, folks – soon enough you’ll be seeing far more of those than adoption age kittens.” Those words were posted by Karina King, Director of Operations for the Dakin Humane Society, on a Million Cat Challenge discussion forum. For communities at the height of their kitten season, the thought… Learn More

MaddieTalk: How a shelter partnered with local vets to save orphaned kittens

Can a partnership with local veterinarians save orphaned kittens’ lives? You bet, when they’re moved from foster care to local veterinary practices, where they’re provided with love, socialization and care. That’s what the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (HSSW) did, and they share how you can, too, in our latest MaddieTalk: Vet Pets! “We were struggling… Learn More

Should you be giving probiotics to orphaned kittens?

Probiotics may help orphaned kittens suffering from diarrhea. But how do you get the probiotics into the kitten? Orphaned kittens frequently have digestive problems, including diarrhea. This can be caused by a number of factors including stress, infection and dietary change. Giving probiotics may help prevent or reduce the severity of diarrhea, but getting them… Learn More

How to get an orphaned kitten to urinate and defecate

Mama cats use their rough tongues to get their kittens to urinate and defecate. Orphaned kittens have to rely on their foster parents to help them do that. But how? In this video, veterinarian Dr. Laurie Peek, Maddie’s Executive Leadership Team, narrates a step-by-step guide to get any human up to feline mother standards in… Learn More

How to wean an orphaned kitten onto solid food

Do you think your orphaned kittens are ready for solid foods, but aren’t sure how to make the switch? Orphaned kittens transition from formula to solid foods at about 3-4 weeks of age as their teeth start to come in. This change of diet can create a big mess for you, and tummy troubles for… Learn More

Secrets of bottle-feeding orphaned kittens

Few things can make more of a difference in an animal shelter than saving the lives of orphaned kittens, which usually requires the loving dedication of foster homes. Here’s the good news, though: Bottle-feeding these fragile little ones is easy once you understand a few basic points. In this short, step-by-step video guide, bottle-feeders will… Learn More

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