Recorded Webinars

Please enjoy our National Kitten Coalition webinar recordings.

Preparing to Care for Bottle-Baby Kittens During COVID-19 and Beyond!
Originally Aired May 13, 2020

Webinar Description:
Bottle-baby kittens are arriving in many parts of our country – and in some places, the kitten season never stops!

Kittens under 4 weeks of age or ‘bottle-baby kittens’ need trained fosters to save their lives. Have you thought about fostering kittens? Have you fostered already, but would like to know more? Learn what to expect and how to prepare for fostering kittens less than 4 weeks old, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can save lives!

Speaker: Susan Spaulding aka ‘Kitten Mom’ and Director of Neonatal Programs with the National Kitten Coalition

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Preparing for kittens

Bottle-Baby Feeding and Care Basics
Originally Aired December 8, 2019

Webinar Description:
Kitten Season is here! We want you to feel confident in caring for these little ones, including how to bottle-feed. We will discuss how to determine if a kitten is truly orphaned, living environment set-up, basic husbandry, isolation protocols and more!

Speaker: Susan Spaulding aka ‘Kitten Mom’ and Director of Neonatal Programs with the National Kitten Coalition

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Immediate Critical Care for the Kitten
Originally Aired April 11, 2020

 Webinar Description:
What do you do when you find a kitten that has been found outside exposed to the elements? What issues do you need to address immediately before you ever offer a kitten a bottle? In this webinar, we will discuss how to recognize hypo- and hyperthermia, hypoglycemia, dehydration and more, and get you the info you need to start intervening for your kitten right away. We want you to feel confident in getting baby through this rough patch of life and on to a solid road of recovery and growth.

This webinar is especially great for first responders like TNR, ACO and shelter/rescue personnel who handle these babies for the first time.

Speaker:
Susan Spaulding aka ‘Kitten Mom’ and Director of Neonatal Programs with the National Kitten Coalition

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Diarrhea on the Run
Originally Aired July 15, 2020

Webinar Description:
Get the down and dirty basics about diarrhea in kittens. Understand the causes, know what you can do to provide supportive care, and learn about treatment options to address a variety of diarrhea causes. As always, the webinar will include a wealth of information and there will also be time for Q & A.

*This kitten life-saving project was made possible in part through a generous Grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®

Speaker:
Rosemarie Crawford, LVT, Co-founder and Director of Educational Programs for The National Kitten Coalition

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Kitten critical care photo

The Scoop on Poop
Originally Aired August 9, 2020

 Webinar Description:
Kittens are little poop machines! In this webinar we will take you through different scenarios and explain what your kitten’s poop is telling you about its health. There will be plenty of pictures!

*This kitten life-saving project was made possible in part through a generous Grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®

Speaker:
Susan Spaulding aka ‘Kitten Mom’ and Co-founder and Director of Neonatal Programs with the National Kitten Coalition.

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Kitten critical care photo

Pregnancy and Birth-Caring for Pregnant and Nursing Cats and their Kittens
Originally Aired October 4th, 2019

Webinar Description:
Pregnant queens with their tiny baby kittens are already arriving in many parts of our country – and in some places, the kitten season never stops!
These moms and their babies need trained fosters to save their lives. Have you thought about fostering a mom with kittens? Have you fostered already, but would like to know more?
We will discuss feline pregnancy and birth, as well as how to care for kittens who are nursing and go through the weaning process with Mom.

Speaker: Susan Spaulding aka ‘Kitten Mom’ and Director of Neonatal Programs with the National Kitten Coalition

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*Please note that events listed at the end of the webinar are past events.

mother cat and kitten

The New Normal: Spay/Neuter by Five Months of Age
Originally Aired January 13, 2021

Webinar Description:
The National Kitten Coalition is excited to host Dr. Philip Bushby and Esther Mechler from the Feline Fix by Five program of Marian’s Dream to present on sterilizing kittens by five months of age.

There is confusion in the general public and private veterinary community about the optimum time to spay/neuter felines. For many, the recommended time has been six months of age. By that time a cat may be pregnant and shelters are overflowing. For that reason, Marian’s Dream embarked on a campaign to push the recommended age for felines back by four weeks. Dr. Bushby will present his findings on why the change is recommended, specific concerns that people have raised, and the research that supports the change.

Veterinarians often wait until cats are 6 months old before spay/neuter. The AVMA, AAHA, AAFP and the ASV disagree with waiting that long. The new normal is prior to 5 months of age. Several factors have led to this change:

  1. Mammary neoplasia is the 3rd most common cancer in cats and 85 to 90% of feline mammary tumors are malignant. Spay before 5 months of age significantly reduces mammary neoplasia.
  2. Spay/Neuter prior to 5 months of age reduces unplanned and unwanted litters of kittens.
  3. Castration prior to 5 months of age significantly reduces sexual behaviors which often cause relinquishment of cats to animal shelters.

It is safe to spay/neuter cats that young. Surgeries are easier, faster and safer. There are no adverse physiologic or orthopedic effects from spay/neuter prior to 5 months of age. Cats in shelters should be sterilized prior to adoption. Owned cats should be sterilized after the kitten vaccination series, but before 5 months of age.

Speakers:
Esther Mechler, Feline Fix by Five campaign, a program of Marian’s Dream

Dr. Philip Bushby, Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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For more information about the Feline Fix by Five Campaign go to www.fixbyfive.org

 Webinar Handouts from the Feline Fix by Five Campaign:

Fix by Five Call to Action Poster

Fix by Five Focus Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization

No Reason to Delay-Fix by Five

AAVP Queen

Veterinary Practice Article

*Please note that events listed at the end of the webinar are past events.

Spay-Neuter by Five-new normal

FosterSpace – Innovative Technology to Save More Lives!
Originally Aired July 29, 2020

Webinar Description:

Are you struggling to effectively manage and communicate with your fosters? Do you wish you had technology to manage hundreds of animals in foster without all of the hassles that come with managing foster programs at scale? What if you could send and receive text messages right from a dashboard, and see requests and needs from fosters all in one place? What if you could communicate via text or email to groups of fosters and manage invitations to events and meet and greets?

Join us to learn about the revolutionary Fosterspace functionality launched by the team at Doobert. We’ll discuss how technology can help you scale your program and automate the time consuming tasks. We will share how technology can help you turn your into adoption advocates and how to set up a Foster Next program to always have ready and available volunteers.

*This kitten life-saving project was made possible in part through a generous Grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.

Guest Speaker: Chris Roy, Founder of Doobert.com

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These webinars will be periodically rotated to give you the most up-to-date information. These recordings are in view-only format and cannot be downloaded.

If you want to attend National Kitten Coalition webinars live, you can find a full listing of our upcoming Web Events on the Events page.