They’re like stiff and freezing but I can feel that there’s still life They’re so cold well we can’t feed them anything until they’re warm they’re like frozen stiff right now hey let’s get you warm frozen but they’re moving, this one’s moving, this one’s doing worse, but alive, but barely they’re so cold I didn’t realize it was I mean when you said like newborn like they’re literally like just born The head’s still wet from birth this one’s literally like her ears are still stuck They’re still so, it’s like they’re just you core Their core temperature is just so cold Should get them in the incubator? We should get them in the incubator that’s exactly for situations like this Is your little body gonna start working? That would be real nice if you’re a little body wanted to start working All black except her little tail tip is white That’s too cute. We gotta make you live cuz you’re gonna be so cute We just had a blizzard and it’s absolutely freezing outside I get a call about a woman who has an art studio a few blocks away And she is frantic. She feeds community cats and sometimes they come into her art studio But today a young cat has come into her art studio given birth underneath an oil painting and eft behind two newborn kittens still wet from birth ell the little ear popped up finally welcome to the world They’re filthy from birth You’re alive! there’s movement in there I’m like, can they even breathe with all this afterbirth on them? I mean, it’s interesting because when you care for orphans you have to do everything the mom does but usually she at least cleans them after they’re born She just ran away I think sometimes they get scared, you guys starting to warm up a little bit Your little head is so cold They stink yeah, I know they stink Yeah, they smell like they were not cleaned up They smell like a period They do yeah, yeah you do The smell is like a tampom Your names will be Tampax and Pearl. Well, you got to think right after birth What a mom cat does is she licks them all live and these guys were not cleaned at all so they’re Yeah, they’re moving, gonna be up and running in no time look at that You’re squirming! Oh hi! Look at you You got a little life in there I think they’re like almost to the point where maybe we could feed them soon. Both kittens are in horrible shape Still wet from birth. They are stiff little icicles who had never gotten a single drop of their mother’s milk It’s not safe to feed a newborn kitten until they are warmed up And even then, you have to do so so carefully, one drop at a time Does your body understand that or not really? Do you understand this or not really? She’s like actually almost dry but not Well the back end is working alright, so we need the front end to start working but that’s a good sign things are moving Come on little one She was meowing and she was very vocal today Like the most she has ever been I’m lift one of my paintings and I saw These two guys You didn’t even know she was pregnant? No. She’s small to begin with so, I didn’t know if it was from the food or What it was, like and I just got here, so I didn’t know.
And then she’s very vocal And I find this two little guys The mom ran away. Mom’s gone. She’s spunky. Look at how spunky you are I like his little spirit, he’s good. This one I’m a little more worried about, but I’m surprised this one is even life, so it’s interesting to see all the different places where people find kittens an artist loft is new We get back to the house and I put them in the incubator This thing is perfect for tiny newborns.
The incubator stays at a temperature of about 90 degrees and a humidity of around 40 So this is our incubator This is an ICU unit It has controls for temperature and humidity So we had to run to the store to get distilled water And so we had to get tubing for an aquarium that goes down into Distilled water and that is how you keep the humidity moving around in Feels good in there It’s so hard for me to believe that people don’t know To keep kittens warm, but I guess that’s because I do this all the time Little beans So these guys really do not weigh much this one is 91 grams 91 grams And this is the really little one, she is… Seven one Seven two I like hearing your little voice 71 grams is so tiny I mean they look so different than when we got there They were freezing cold, still wet from birth practically lifeless and now We’re moving around a little bit I’m worried about this one. She’s so little She’s hanging in there Good job guys. I love seeing them wiggle around oh Okay, so what I have here is Formula that is very diluted with Pedialyte and it also has Beneback in it So, this is a very very diluted formula this is Really their first time eating For a newborn kitten that is first eating you don’t want to give them full strength formula Are you gonna eat? It would make me so happy if you would eat I’ll be very patient with you Right now my goal is to get them to eat just 1cc per meal Just a very very little bit to keep their blood sugar up and to keep them hydrated To get their stomachs acquainted with drinking formula Syringe feeding is really really dangerous when you’re working with a kitten this little, they don’t have a gag reflex at all So you cannot just shove formula down their throat you really need to make sure they’re swallowing Which means this could take a really long time Cause is one tiny drop at a time The kittens are preemies, and they’re not able to get a full belly of their food safely via syringe So I have to switch to tube feeding 5 AM Tube feeding is a skill that absolutely must be learned hands on at a veterinarian’s office It’s where you put the food directly into the kittens belly by injecting it through a skinny tube This is a more advanced skill, so please do not do this at home without training You must learn how to safely place the tube from a vet Once you’re trained to do this it can be the best way to help these kittens Who are very young or very sick or unable to swallow food on their own People think working with kittens is so cute, and a lot of the time it is But the reality is that rescue is not about cuteness There’s nothing cute about being born in the freezing cold under an oil painting To a cat who’s still a kitten herself There’s nothing cute about being born prematurely, being orphaned or being sick This is preventable suffering and it is preventable through spay and neuter We have to be spaying and neutering not just our pet cats But also the cats who live outside, who share our streets in our community Community cats create eighty percent of the new kittens born every year We have got to be sterilizing the cats who are outside Holding these vulnerable infants in my hand I sometimes wonder if people truly grasp the gravity of not spaying and neutering By her second day of life, Mink lost her battle She was premature She had congenital defects And she was not viable, no matter how hard we tried I sat there crying so angry for Mink and so devastated for Mink And for all the other kittens who are born outside and who suffer or die on the streets or in animal shelters who are not able to care for newborns. Everyone deals with grief differently My personal way of dealing with the sorrow of losing a kitten is to try to take action I try to learn as much as I can, I try to teach others and I try to inspire others to get involved So, in Mink’s honor, I am begging people to step up and be part of the solution In this way, Minks tiny two day life can still have a mighty impact And people are already stepping up and doing this Within one day I was getting message after message Of people saying they rescued a kitten in Mink’s honor, even naming the kittens after Mink They’d signed up to foster or to TNR This stuff means so much to me One of my friends was even able to go and trap the mama cat and get her spayed so she won’t be giving birth under any more oil paintings This is why rescue work and TNR is so important. We have to do better for these cats and kittens. It’s Badgers one-week birthday today, and I am so happy for him Even if I’m a little sleepy from having to wake up in the middle of the night It is all worth it for this little guy who is nursing on my finger at the moment We’ll get you a bottle, you don’t have to nurse on my thumb I hope if you’re watching this and you feel touched by this story, you take action, you get out there And you do something for cats Volunteer at your local shelter, get your cat spayed and neutered, get out there on the street and trap community cats and get them sterilized Foster kittens, don’t just be a cat lover be a cat advocate There are so many ways to help and when we all work together, we can make such a huge difference Badger boy, let’s get you fed