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Plan Ahead: 7 Strategies for Kitten Season

It’s almost around the corner—so now’s a great time to start preparing for kitten season. We’ve got 7 tools and tips to get you going.

How (and Why) To Track Length of Stay for Kittens
By keeping a simple spreadsheet to track the number of days each kitten waits to be moved into foster care, you’ll easily identify and investigate any increase in wait time, which could be a red flag that an increase in disease is not far behind.

Analyze Your #s and Make Kitten Season Live Release Season
Are you ready to save more neonate lives this year? Dr. Emily Weiss urges you to bring on the volunteers and get out your datahere are the stats to look at.

Start a Program: Offsite Neonatal Care for Kittens
In order to reduce the number of neonate kittens entering the shelter and to increase community involvement, Miami-Dade Animal Services launched the Milkman Program, where ACOs provide training and neonate care kits to folks who have called to report kittens with no mama. Here’s how you can do it, too.

Free Poster: How to Determine Kitten Gender
Ooh kittens! Such cute little guys. Um, girls? Better download our at-a-glance poster for sexing cats!

The Best Way to Test for FeLV/FIV
Kittens in the same litter may have different test results for a number of reasons, so don’t assume that the results of one kitten are representative of those for the entire litter. Here’s the scoop.

Volunteer Project: Sock Hats for Preemies
Simply cut out ear holes in the toe of an infant sock. Here’s what that looks like.

Clever Ways to Message Kitten Season
You know kitten season is your busiest time of year, but do your supporters understand that you need their helpand why? With some fun and catchy messaging, like the 4 examples here, you have a better shot of bringing more donors, volunteers and foster families on board.


What’s your strategy for kitten season this year? Please share your plans.

Related links
How to Throw a Kitten Shower
Tip of the Week: Kitten Season Prep Starts Now



Love the preemies sock hats! We would like to know what type of syringe is being used in the photos of the preemie. Looks kinda like a bottle/syringe and we would like to know where they come from !
Thanks for such great information.


Bonnie, thanks for your question and so glad you found this info helpful! We are checking in with Alley Cat Advocates to find out about the syringe--stay tuned!
Pune Dracker
Director, Content & Editorial Services


Hi Bonnie,

From my baby kitten expert:

The kitten nursing device I use is called the Miracle Nipple Mini. I buy mine via Amazon. Go to the Amazon website and just type in "Miracle Nipple" and it will come right up with purchase options. It comes in 2 sizes but only the mini size works for kittens! The nipple is too long on the regular size. They come in a package of 2 for about $8.99. Not cheap but I've found it so worth it as baby kittens take to it quickly and suck just like they would from mama cat! It works using a slip tip and luer lock syringe. I typically use a 10 or 12 cc syringe. They last quite a long time until they eventually break down due to kitten teeth and that's when I toss them. Hope this info helps.

Karen Little
Executive Director
Alley Cat Advocates

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