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Kitten Season Has Hit Hard

Kitten Season Has Hit Hard

Where do they keep coming from? They are dumped. They are found in the garbage, they are found in a ravine and under decks, they are dropped off at animal services. A lot are sick and need meds. Some are too small to eat on their own and need bottle feeding. As the weather is warming up, it will become even more dangerous for them to be out there on their own. Tiny kittens can become dehydrated very quickly and will die very quickly. 

We are trying our best to help them all. But we need FOSTERS!
Our foster homes are at full capacity.

Can you help?
All you need is a spare room separate from your own animals (bedroom, bathroom, laundry room). We provide all vetting.

Now that the summer is here, this is a great opportunity for students. Not only can they get volunteer hours, they can learn the responsibility of caring for cats & kittens (under parental supervision, of course!).

Please help us to help them. 

If you can help, please fill out a foster application today:

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Volunteers at the adoption centres regularly develop favourites among the cats. Often the cats they are drawn to are the ones who need extra loving and support .

Kittens are mostly, but not always, super friendly but many adult cats have gone through trauma whether from being left homeless after an owner passes away or goes into a retirement home, or have lived a semi-feral life outdoors. Then they are vetted and transported to an adoption centre: more upset.

Here is Lilith’s story so far, as told by Patti.

Lilith. Tiny but mighty, this sleek petite panther is a very special girl. Only two years old, Lilith was found with her babies in an abandoned house. Learning to trust humans was not easy, especially when she had little ones to protect. Her foster dad thought she would have to be returned to the outdoors after she healed from her spay. The vet “tipped” her ear so people would know she had been fixed and would not become pregnant again.

However this was one smart little cookie! As Lilith recovered from her spay, she decided to quietly tell her foster dad that she was ready to accept human companionship. She fully realized that life was so much better indoors where she could be treated kindly and would no longer have to worry about going hungry. So this tiny panther slowly inched her way over to this human and tentatively rubbed against him as gently as a soft summer breeze.

Arriving at the adoption centre, Lilith became overwhelmed by the numbers of people and sounds. The fierce jaguar side of her had to protect her from these possible dangers. She growled and hissed and rejected the volunteers’ offers to give love. She stayed in her cage and guarded her domain. Sadly the volunteers thought that she had to go back to her foster dad for more socializing.

Once again this intelligent little creature understood what was being discussed and decided to take over her own fate. She slowly started rubbing on her cage, then padded over to the volunteers where she surprised them by demanding strokes and pets. Lilith even knew how to head butt their hands to ask for more (pats and treats).

Lilith is intelligent, independent, and somewhat shy to start. She does not like to be picked up and it will take her a little while to adjust to a new environment. However once you gain her trust, she is a sweetheart.

Lilith’s ideal person would be someone who understands cats and is patient. She would blossom in a quiet home and may enjoy the company of another cat. No children or dogs. Come and visit Lilith at Oakville PetSmart.

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Your New Kitten(s)

Your New Kitten(s)

Kittens are adorable but they require special care. Weighing as little as two pounds, they are fragile, even though they might not appear so. If you have young children, always supervise time with the kitten(s).

If you already have a cat, here is a procedure for introducing your new kitten:

How Not to Make the Fur Fly

If you are planning to adopt a kitten, be aware that Ninth Life Cat Rescue has a ‘two kitten rule’. If there is no other cat or dog at home, then we insist that kittens be adopted in pairs, or a kitten plus an older cat. The kittens do not need to be from the same litter. Here are our reasons:

The Two Kitten Rule

Here are articles that will help you get started:

Surviving Your First 30 Days

Twenty Things Your Cat Wants You to Know

Getting to Know Your Kitten

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The Story of Lemon & Lime

The Story of Lemon & Lime

Here is just one of so many stories about stray cats who are found, trapped and, with luck, eventually adopted. This one is told by Steph, who has fostered so many pregnant mommas and helped them through difficult births.

Lemon went into labour last night. After a few hours is was evident something was very wrong as her labour had stalled and even seemed to regress. At 9:00 pm I started calling 24-hour vets in the area to see who was equipped or staffed to do a c-section: only one vet about 30 minutes away. I packed up Lemon and we started to drive. I had also left a message for Rivergrove vet Dr. Padma to see if there was any chance they were still in clinic and could perform the surgery.

Just as I was arriving at the other vet, Dr. Padma called to say she and Dr. Banger (the senior veterinarian who does excellent surgery) would come in and help us. Being more comfortable with a vet I know, I raced back to wait for them. At 10:30 they arrived and by 10:45 p.m. they began the surgery. What felt like the longest hour of my life finally ended just before midnight.

Like an expectant father back in the 70’s, I was called in to meet Lemon’s one and only very large baby girl – Lime. I had to help give her oxygen, suction out her airways and massage her to keep her warm. The vets continued to work on Lemon. Around 12:30 am Lime got to meet her very groggy mommy.

Heading home with Lime

I brought them both home just after 1:30 am and started Lime on a bottle. Hungry girl quickly sucked back 3.5cc and had a nice pee for me before I returned her to snuggle with momma. Around 4:30 am she took another 5cc and went back to momma.

Around 7:00 am, I was finally able to get a bit of milk from mom and Lime was able to latch on. She’s quietly purring and kneading and hopefully filling her belly. Lemon has a huge scar and I’m sure doesn’t feel great but she is purring away herself.

I am not sure if Lime will need more supplementing but I’m praying they have it figured out and they can relax and recover from this ordeal. I, on the other hand, have to wonder why I keep fostering. I am not sure I’ve had a smooth case yet, but I know I’ll take in another momma, another litter of orphans, some bottle babies, because that’s what we do. We rescue. If it was easy we would be the people who put these cats in these situations.

I wish everyone could truly understand how important it is to spay and neuter. How vital fosters & volunteers are. How thankless, yet amazing rescue is.

Thank you to all of you for being such great fosters, volunteers, cat sitters and supporters. You do so much for all the fur babies.

May 23rd Update: Lime is one week old and thriving. She gained over 100 grams and is nice and chunky. Lemon is an amazing momma.

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PetSmart Adoption Event

PetSmart Adoption Event

Many have been asking about kittens and we expect to have some kittens at all three PetSmart locations, however, they will arrive last-minute so please visit your location to see who is available.

While you are there, we also have many lovely older cats too! Kittens/cats over about the age of six months will already have been neutered, however, neutering is included in the cost for younger kittens. All are up to date with immunization but very young kittens will require boosters at a later date, at owner expense.

The $195.00 fee per cat/kitten is cash only.

Kitten Vaccination Schedule

The first round of vaccinations is done around 6-8 weeks of age, which will have been done before the kitten enters the adoption centre. Once a kitten is adopted, future vaccinations and deworming is at adopter’s expense, at the adopter’s veterinarian.Kitten spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee.

10-12 weeks old (4 weeks after last round): 2nd Round of Vaccinations (FVRCP) and another deworming.

14-16 weeks old (4 weeks after last round): 3rd round of vaccinations (FVRCP) 

12-16 weeks old:  Your kitten is due for his/her rabies vaccination

5-6 months old – Spay/Neuter: Kitten spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee. This will be done at one of our vet clinics. We will follow up when your vet date approaches to make arrangements. The kitten is brought to us in the morning and should be picked up at the end of the same day.

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