Aren’t kittens just the cutest little things?
What most people don’t know is how much love, care and expense goes into raising a kitten that’s lost their mom or for whatever reason the moms can’t care for them.
That’s where the selfless work of bottle feeders comes into play. Taking on orphaned kittens is not for the faint of heart. These kittens are 100% reliant on their foster parents to do everything for them that their mom would have done. That means feeding every two hours (even through the night), stimulating their bowels and providing them with warmth, love and comfort.
Bottle feeders are truly the unsung heroes of rescue. They sacrifice their entire lives to ensure these chicklets have the best chance at life.
The cost of caring for these kittens is expensive as well. They may be little, but their special kitten formula is expensive. It costs around $125 to raise one kitten to 6 weeks when they can be weaned onto kitten canned food. That’s just for one. Kitten season hasn’t even started yet and we already have 53 kittens in our care. That’s a lot of formula.
That’s not the only expense to consider. There are all the heat pucks to keep them warm @ $35 each; the nipples @ $10 each; the bottles, the kennels, the pee pads, etc. Of course, let’s not forget the laundry! For little babies, they sure can go through towels and blankets.
The above numbers only apply to the healthy babies. Often, they are in very poor condition when they arrive. They often require extra fluids under the skin. If they are too weak to eat on their own, they require tube feeding and possible medications to help them regain their health just like Bali and the tropical kittens. The fluids, syringes, needles, feeding tubes, and vet care/medications all add to the cost of raising these precious babies.