BOTTLE FEEDING 101
When you find a tiny kitten and there is no one to help, you need to know how to do it yourself.
How to bottle feed:
How to syringe feed when kitten won’t latch or is very sick:
Kitten feeding and weight chart by age:
How to tell how old a kitten is:
How to keep kitten warm:
How to stimulate to use the bathroom:
Fading kitten protocol for a crashing kitten:
-small notebook to record weight every day
-digital thermometer and lube
-Heating pad that stays on 24 hrs (the others shut off every 2 hours)
-Heating disk to transport kitten
-clean stuffed animal to mimic mama
-baby blankets or towels
-safe area to keep kitten away from other animals and kids
*Hawaii SPCA accepts no liability and offer these links as informational only and not as a replacement for professional veterinary care.
What can you do to help cats and wildlife?
• Keep your pet cats indoors.
Indoor cats live almost four times longer than outdoor cats, who face illness, injury, being hit by a car, or becoming a victim of cruelty.
• If you feed don’t let them breed.
Management is a key component of a successful TNR program. Management includes spaying and neutering every cat in a colony, treating ill or injured cats and returning healthy feral cats to their territory if safe for cats and wildlife, and removing kittens and friendly cats for adoption. Returning cats to a specific location as part of TNR is for truly unsocialized cats who would otherwise not be adoptable as indoor only pets. When maintaining a colony on someone else’s property, it’s important that expectations and responsibilities are clear for both the property owner or manager and the cat caretakers. A contract or memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the property owner and caretaker may be helpful.
• Humanely remove cats who are present in sensitive wildlife areas.
Cats who are left in areas where protected wildlife are present may be subject to removal by government agencies using lethal methods. Identifying sensitive areas, determining if colonies are within them, and working on humane relocation strategies protects both cats and wildlife.
• Never abandon an animal.
Pets depend on people, and in most states it is a crime to abandon an animal. Pet cats should never be abandoned to fend for themselves, it's cruel. Dumping them into colonies that are designated for unsocialized cats who have already established their territory is equally cruel. Local shelters or rescue groups may be able to provide resources and referrals for pet placement.
Hawaiian Humane Society
ALLEY CAT RESCUE
National Feline Research Council (NFRC)
Kauai Community Cat Project
Hui Pono Holoholona
Hawaii Invasive Species Council
Community cats are unowned cats who live outdoors.
Community cats, also called feral or outdoor cats, are not a new phenomenon. They reside in an outdoor location where they have access to food and shelter. Even though community cats are the same species as house cats (Felis catus), they have not been socialized to people and are therefore unadoptable. Community cats can lead full, healthy lives in their outdoor homes.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNRM) does work.
Communities are desperate for humane solutions. TNR is the only effective and humane approach to address community cat populations. It involves humanely trapping, spaying or neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their outdoor homes. Afterward, there are no more litters of kittens—the population is stabilized. TNR stops the stress associated with pregnancy and mating behaviors, such as yowling or fighting. Not only is TNR the effective, humane approach for outdoor cats, but it improves their lives.
Time and again, communities find catch and kill doesn’t work—it needs to stop.
Municipal animal control agencies have been catching and killing cats for decades in a misguided attempt to reduce the number of community cats in a given area. Catch and kill is counterproductive, as it has no permanent impact on the population of outdoor cats. This endless, cruel cycle is not supported by the public, wastes tax dollars, and fails to meet the needs of the cats and the community. The Vacuum Effect is just one reason catch and kill is so ineffective.
Our Mission at The Hawaii SPCA in Maili-Waianae is to provide care, comfort and compassion to animals in need while engaging the hearts, hands and minds of our community to bring about the end to the killing of abandoned and orphaned shelter animals.
For Feral and Free Roaming cats
Trap Neuter Return & Manage = TNRM
& Affordable Pet Spay/Neuter:
Oahu's leader for information, education and humane management of community cats!
Hawaiian Humane Society
To learn how to use the cost effective and very affordable Neuter Now certificates read up here:
With the City & County Feline Fix program, all sterilization and microchipping fees are waived for Free-Roaming cats. There is no need to purchase a certificate, just let your spay/neuter provider of choice know that you are using the Feline Fix program.
Get more information at:
Hawaii Pets Veterinary Clinic
95-660 Lanikuhana Ave
Mililani, HI 96789
Poi Dogs & Popoki
- working with Hawaii Pets Veterinary Clinic in Mililani
See website for fees and location of clinic
Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services - AAVS
(Affordable Bunny Rates too)
(808) 445 -3624
98-199 Kamehameha Highway, Suite F2
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
North Shore Veterinary Clinic
- (Sister Clinic to Aloha Affordable Veterinary Services)
67-292 Goodale Ave
Waialua, HI 96791
Animal House Veterinary Center
91-919 Fort Weaver Rd Ste 114
Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Let Mother and Kittens Thrive Outside
If you find kittens outdoors, DO NOT pick them up and take them indoors. Their mother is probably close by so please… Leave Them Be.
Why Shouldn’t I Take Kittens Inside?
Separating kittens younger than ~8 weeks old from their mother is harmful to their wellbeing. Kittens need their mother and she is their best possible caregiver
What About an Animal Shelter?
Do not take mother cats or kittens to an animal shelter. Most shelters don’t have programs to provide the care unweaned kittens need. There is a risk the kittens will be killed.
How Can I Help?
You can help kittens by providing their mother with essentials like:
• Regular food and water. Get the details at alleycat.org/BestPractices.
• An outdoor shelter. Find options at alleycat.org/ShelterGallery.
• Peace and quiet. Keep an eye on mother and kittens but leave them be.
I Don’t See the Mother Cat
That doesn’t mean the kittens are abandoned or orphaned. Their mother may just be out looking for food. She might even be hiding from you. Check on kittens for several hours, staying out of sight, to see if their mother returns.
What if the Kittens are Sick?
Contact your local veterinarian for help right away if the mother cat or kittens appear ill or injured.