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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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My new neonatal unit!

well not yet. In short, I became a volunteer at the city shelter where they are starting a new neonatal unit for kittens too young/little to be adopted. Their main problem is foster homes that won't take nursing moms, are too full to take nursing moms, and the motherless kitties that come in. They started a neonatal team because it turns out the head officer hates seeing these little guys go. Anyway I also picked up on another team that does "neonatal" (basically too young to be altered and adopted and/or nursing/motherless) that also needs help.

I am converting our master bedroom into a cat room. Not really sure but maybe I should construct runs for nursing cats to keep them apart and away from each other? I told both shelters that I'm only willing to take one nurser...just in case I end up with motherless kittens or a case on my own I won't be extremely overwhelmed by a mass number of cats.

The main thing I'm worried about is trees. Many of my cat-loving friends said at least 3 tiers. Would the little ones really be ok on trees that high? When I rescued ferals, they'd have a home by 10 weeks. I have never kept a kitten past 16. However they came in with no moms so I didn't have to keep an adult happy and kittens safe at the same time. They only had boxes that they'd play on/in/around.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 09:18 AM
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I think its a wonderful idea!!

They have nails so they can climb and learn how to climb down. They won't die if they fall and the higher the fall the better the chance of them landing on their feet.

You can socialise them with other cats in the house. When we rescued MAma (my mom owns now) and her 2 kittens we let them in the rest of the house after 6 weeks or so to socialise with the other cats. The kittens were adopted from us at about 10 weeks or 12 (I don't remember, but they were lean and past their fat kitten stage) but they were adopted out as fiercly social and acclimatized. They went to great homes who appreciated the extra time we gave them
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