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  • [♪ gentle music ♪]

  • Hi, everybody.

  • When caring for kittens, you want to give them the most comfortable experience possible,

  • so these are my top five tips for keeping kittens warm and cozy.

  • The first thing I recommend is a microwavable heating pad, like a Snuggle Safe.

  • You just pop it in the microwave for about five minutes,

  • and it'll stay warm for several hours.

  • This makes it really easy for you to transport the kittens with it.

  • You're not relying on a heating pad with a cord.

  • So just make sure when you take it out that you feel it to make sure it's warm, but not too, too hot.

  • You can put it in the pad that it comes with. You can also use a blanket to cover it up.

  • Young kittens can't regulate their own body temperature,

  • so it's really important that you give them access to a heating pad at all times.

  • It's likely that the kittens will congregate around the heating pad,

  • but you want to make sure that they also have the option to move away from it.

  • So don't let the heating pad cover the entire space.

  • So the heating pad is mandatory,

  • but there are other things that you can add to that to make them even more comfortable.

  • Like here, you can see them using a Snuggle Kitty.

  • The Snuggle Kitty is a stuffed animal with a battery-operated heartbeat inside.

  • These are a great source of comfort if you have orphaned kittens who don't have a mother.

  • All you need is just two AAA batteries inside of the heart, and then you just turn it on whenever it's in use.

  • It's going to create a really nice comforting sound and vibration for the babies.

  • [quiet heartbeat sound coming from the heart]

  • When combined with a heating pad, this provides such a nice home base for the kittens.

  • You'll often see them snuggling it, clinging to it, and sleeping on top of it.

  • [quiet heartbeat sound]

  • Another kitten essential is baby blankets,

  • and I'm not talking about blankets for cats that you buy at the pet store,

  • I'm talking about baby blankets for human babies.

  • Something like this micro fleece baby blanket that I got online.

  • These provide a soft surface for the kittens to lie on,

  • and you can use them to line whatever space the kittens are staying in.

  • Just make sure you change them out every couple of days.

  • Another thing you can do with your baby blanket is use it as a swaddle.

  • You can wrap the kitten in what I call a "purrito,"

  • which is basically just a gentle wrap around the kitten with a baby blanket

  • to give them a comforting feeling of being held.

  • And you can see here that Harissa really enjoys this. She calms down right away,

  • and is actually purring and making muffins.

  • [quiet kitten purring]

  • [kissing noise]

  • The next one might surprise you, and that is recycled fur scraps.

  • Anyone who cares about animals is not gonna want to be wearing a fur coat,

  • so if you have one, or if someone in your life has one that they'd like to retire,

  • this is a great way to make use of it.

  • This works well with orphaned wildlife as well as orphaned kittens

  • because the fur reminds them of the comfort of Mom.

  • In my experience, kittens tend to prefer fur that is a little bit on the long side like this one,

  • and make sure that it's clean and free of any dyes that might be harmful to the kittens

  • if they are to put it in their mouth.

  • Here you can see that one of the kittens is actually trying to nurse on the fur scrap,

  • and while that might seem really sad,

  • it's a nice comfort source for a kitten that doesn't have a mother.

  • So this is something I do with kittens that are particularly fussy,

  • or just need a place that they can go to calm down and feel relaxed.

  • I've noticed that kittens really appreciate having something like this,

  • and they'll even burrow into it and fall asleep, creating a little bit of a nest.

  • Where'd Valentina go?

  • Lookin' cozy.

  • One last thing you might want to try if you're trying to comfort kittens is a toothbrush.

  • A toothbrush mimics a mother's tongue licking them,

  • so it's another really comforting thing for them if they don't have a mom.

  • And I'll actually notice that when I start brushing the kittens,

  • they might start to engage in their first grooming behaviors.

  • Here you can see that Cholula is actually starting to lick herself,

  • which is what they learn from their moms.

  • So this is a great thing that you can do for them not only for their comfort,

  • but also for their behavioral growth.

  • Keep in mind that the one thing kittens love more than anything is being with their mama,

  • so if you're dealing with an orphan kitten, the best thing you can do is be a surrogate.

  • That's why I recommend giving them warmth, something soft to nuzzle, and a little bit of grooming.

  • There are so many ways to get creative for the little guys,

  • so that they can still have a chance at a full and happy life.

  • If you're interested in some of these products and want to know where to find them,

  • I have a comprehensive list of fostering supplies on my website,

  • at kittenlady.org/supplies.

  • You can go on there and find links to everything you need to help save kittens' lives.

  • [kissing noise]

  • Are you cozy? I think I got a little lipstick on you.

  • [♪ outro music ♪]

[♪ gentle music ♪]

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/08/16
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