5 Ways to Comfort a Kitten

5 Ways to Comfort a Kitten

[♪ gentle music ♪] Hi, everybody. When caring for kittens, you want to give them the most comfortable experience possible, so these are my top five tips for keeping kittens warm and cozy. The first thing I recommend is a microwavable heating pad, like a Snuggle Safe. You just pop it in the microwave for about five minutes, and it’ll stay warm for several hours. This makes it really easy for you to transport the kittens with it. You’re not relying on a heating pad with a cord. So just make sure when you take it out that you feel it to make sure it’s warm, but not too, too hot. You can put it in the pad that it comes with. You can also use a blanket to cover it up. Young kittens can’t regulate their own body temperature, so it’s really important that you give them access to a heating pad at all times. It’s likely that the kittens will congregate around the heating pad, but you want to make sure that they also have the option to move away from it. So don’t let the heating pad cover the entire space. So the heating pad is mandatory, but there are other things that you can add to that to make them even more comfortable. Like here, you can see them using a Snuggle Kitty. The Snuggle Kitty is a stuffed animal with a battery-operated heartbeat inside. These are a great source of comfort if you have orphaned kittens who don’t have a mother. All you need is just two AAA batteries inside of the heart, and then you just turn it on whenever it’s in use. It’s going to create a really nice comforting sound and vibration for the babies. [quiet heartbeat sound coming from the heart] When combined with a heating pad, this provides such a nice home base for the kittens. You’ll often see them snuggling it, clinging to it, and sleeping on top of it. [quiet heartbeat sound] Another kitten essential is baby blankets, and I’m not talking about blankets for cats that you buy at the pet store, I’m talking about baby blankets for human babies. Something like this micro fleece baby blanket that I got online. These provide a soft surface for the kittens to lie on, and you can use them to line whatever space the kittens are staying in. Just make sure you change them out every couple of days. Another thing you can do with your baby blanket is use it as a swaddle. You can wrap the kitten in what I call a “purrito,” which is basically just a gentle wrap around the kitten with a baby blanket to give them a comforting feeling of being held. And you can see here that Harissa really enjoys this. She calms down right away, and is actually purring and making muffins. [quiet kitten purring] [kissing noise] The next one might surprise you, and that is recycled fur scraps. Anyone who cares about animals is not gonna want to be wearing a fur coat, so if you have one, or if someone in your life has one that they’d like to retire, this is a great way to make use of it. This works well with orphaned wildlife as well as orphaned kittens because the fur reminds them of the comfort of Mom. In my experience, kittens tend to prefer fur that is a little bit on the long side like this one, and make sure that it’s clean and free of any dyes that might be harmful to the kittens if they are to put it in their mouth. Here you can see that one of the kittens is actually trying to nurse on the fur scrap, and while that might seem really sad, it’s a nice comfort source for a kitten that doesn’t have a mother. So this is something I do with kittens that are particularly fussy, or just need a place that they can go to calm down and feel relaxed. I’ve noticed that kittens really appreciate having something like this, and they’ll even burrow into it and fall asleep, creating a little bit of a nest. Where’d Valentina go? Lookin’ cozy. One last thing you might want to try if you’re trying to comfort kittens is a toothbrush. A toothbrush mimics a mother’s tongue licking them, so it’s another really comforting thing for them if they don’t have a mom. And I’ll actually notice that when I start brushing the kittens, they might start to engage in their first grooming behaviors. Here you can see that Cholula is actually starting to lick herself, which is what they learn from their moms. So this is a great thing that you can do for them not only for their comfort, but also for their behavioral growth. Keep in mind that the one thing kittens love more than anything is being with their mama, so if you’re dealing with an orphan kitten, the best thing you can do is be a surrogate. That’s why I recommend giving them warmth, something soft to nuzzle, and a little bit of grooming. There are so many ways to get creative for the little guys, so that they can still have a chance at a full and happy life. If you’re interested in some of these products and want to know where to find them, I have a comprehensive list of fostering supplies on my website, at kittenlady.org/supplies. You can go on there and find links to everything you need to help save kittens’ lives. [kissing noise] Are you cozy? I think I got a little lipstick on you. [♪ outro music ♪]

100 thoughts on “5 Ways to Comfort a Kitten

  1. Why not make a small hole on the fur pelt to slip the nipple of their bottle through and let them nurse, so it'll feel more like they're nursing from their mother.

  2. How can i know if the kitten wants to 💩? Because mine just 💩 ( ITS SOOOO HUGEEE WOWWW! ) it was everywhere even i have to clean it , i put more effort to make most confortable base and now its dirty nooooo……

  3. what you cutely call "making Muffins" is what me and my mom (shes a biologist) call "milk-kicking" i dunno the exact Translation but thats the word by word Translation.

  4. caution on furs. they are treated when made and can have later cleaning residues like benzene-like compounds all of which are highly toxic. I wouldn't unless supervised and no suckling allowed.

  5. 1. kick them across the room, this will ensure maximum comfort and hapiness, resulting in your kitten being on the otherside of the room, so happy that hes taking a nap

  6. Ah! You named your kitten Talula–that's a name I'm considering for a new kitten. And here I thought I was being so creative; did you get the name because of the Tori Amos song, or do you just like the name in general?

  7. I'm more of a dog person myself but I think kittens are the cutest baby mammals in the entire world, specially with their tiny meows and their baby claws.

  8. Oh boy…I've always wanted my own kitty cat. I will love them and hold them and cuddle them and call them George.

    I think I did this reference right.

  9. Hi…so I was going to some kind of a farm, a really small farm I guess. They have an adult cat, who had her first babies in like august…? So there were 5 kittens that were about 1 month old when we found them. They started growing but then 4 of them sadly died. Now the mother left the last kitty and she is crying for help. She is dirty and we already cleaned her eyes and gave her some warm water. We don't know how to help her. When she sees us she runs to us and jumps and meowes. I rlly wanna take her home, but it seems illegal. Pls help me guys! Thank you


  11. when I first got my cat Calvin, he was around 6 months old. My sister had a purple black with little flower nubs on it, and Calvin would suckle on them. It was really cute.

  12. im dying over the kittens precious little face!! 😀 i'm literally squealing and pointing at the screen whilst looking back at my own cat (whos an grumpy adult cat T_T) and hes looking at me like "k."

  13. after all that nice treatment of you, when they grow up they will treat you like piece of sh*t but we still love them <3

  14. At the beginning I was writing a message while listening to the video without context and I suddenly heard "put it in the microwave for x minutes and it will stay warm" like "WHY ARE YOU PUTTING KITTENS IN THE MICROWAVE?!" xD

  15. I don't have kittens, not super sure why I'm here. YT recommends strikes again, thanks for the video, very informative.

  16. Hannah, thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you've done taking care & nurturing baby kittens. Pleading God👼 please please please 🙏🙏🙏 bless Hannah for tremendously love❤❤❤❤❤ for orphaned baby animals.

  17. People like you relieve me of anxiety.I feel slightly reassured that the world isn't completety filled with monsters.

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