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Michelle M. Capps, LVT
Surgery Supervisor, Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
An Overview of Kitten Renal Disorders and Feline Renal Transplantation

Elizabeth Colleran DVM

Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP
Hospital Director, Chico Hospital for Cats
Update on FIP: No Longer a Death Sentence

Pamela Galati DVM

Dr. Pamela Galati, DVM
Internal Medicine Department at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury, NY
Congenital Hypothyroidism in Kittens: A Comprehensive Look at a Rare but Serious Disease

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Courtney Graham
PhD Candidate, Epidemiology & Companion Animal Behaviour Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
No Kitten Around: Understanding and Mitigating Fear Behaviours in Young kittens

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Jacquelyn Lewis, LVT
Internal Medicine Department at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury, NY
Congenital Hypothyroidism in Kittens: A Comprehensive Look at a Rare but Serious Disease

*This Conference is intended for veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses, those currently enrolled in veterinary or veterinary technician schools, veterinary staff members in private practices and shelters, and those involved in veterinary education and research.

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1406, 2022

Understanding and Defeating Fading Kitten Syndrome

Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS), also known as failure to thrive, is generally associated with kittens between birth and weaning. Kittens, especially newborns, must be monitored closely because FKS may cause them to die suddenly or fade within a few days. FKS is not a single disease but includes symptoms that are seen in a variety of illnesses. Recognizing early fading symptoms and providing immediate treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Possible causes of FKS include: Premature or difficult birth Neonatal isoerythrolysis (a condition that occurs [...]

706, 2022

Saving Lives: June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

Any time of year is a good time to adopt, but during spring and summer, known as kitten season, brick-and-mortar animal shelters, home-based rescue organizations and Trap-Neuter-Return groups are flooded with kittens born to outdoor cats. That’s because cats as young as 4 months of age can go into heat when the days get longer, and kittens are born approximately 63 days later. Some people think that there’s something wrong with shelter or rescue cats. Nothing could be further from the truth! Homeless cats are commonly the result [...]

3105, 2022

Living the Good Life with Feline Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Feline cerebellar hypoplasia, also known as CH or wobbly kitten syndrome, is a neurologic condition that affects kittens and cats. It’s most often caused when a pregnant cat is exposed to feline parvovirus, the virus that causes Feline Panleukopenia, whether from a natural infection or from a vaccination. Kittens exposed to this virus while in the womb have hypoplasia, incomplete development, of the cerebellum, a part of the central nervous system responsible for balance and movement. Kittens are born with cerebellar hypoplasia, but symptoms aren’t evident at birth. [...]

2405, 2022

Cleaning and Disinfecting Foster Homes

Confining foster kittens in a room that’s easy to clean and disinfect is important. It’s especially important during the first two-week quarantine period if you have pet cats. Confinement, cleaning and disinfecting will help prevent the spread of germs if the kittens get sick. Before bringing new kittens into a home where other kittens have been fostered, it’s essential to clean and disinfect rooms and objects that former kittens had contact with, including walls, floors, carriers, bowls, bedding, litter boxes, toys, thermometers, brooms, etc. Cleaning removes dirt and organic [...]

1705, 2022

Critical Care for Kittens–Flea Anemia: Part 4 of 4

In parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series on Critical Care for Kittens, we discussed the dangers of hypothermia, hypoglycemia and dehydration. Here in part 4 of this series, we’ll discuss anemia. This condition occurs when a kitten’s body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Anemia can be deadly if untreated, especially in kittens under 4 weeks of age. Flea infestations are common problems in kittens and may cause anemia because adult fleas feed on blood through a kitten’s skin. Physical signs of anemia include: [...]

1005, 2022

Critical Care for Kittens–Dehydration: Part 3 of 4

In parts 1 and 2 of this series on Critical Care for Kittens, we discussed the dangers of hypothermia and hypoglycemia. Here in part 3 of this series, we’ll discuss dehydration, an excessive loss of water and electrolytes (minerals such as potassium, sodium and chloride) that occurs in kittens with inadequate milk intake or excessive fluid losses usually as a result of prolonged diarrhea, vomiting or overheating (hyperthermia). The bodies of young kittens have a higher water content than adult cats, and kittens are not able to regulate [...]

Comprehensive TNR Websites
Alley Cat Allies
Neighborhood Cats

Webinar Series
Alley Cat Allies TNR-related Webinars
ASPCA Professional TNR Series

Downloadable, Comprehensive TNR Handbooks
Neighborhood Cats –TNR Caretaker Handbook (download under "Books and Guides")
ASPCA/Alley Cat Allies/Mayors Alliance – Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return and Colony Care
HSUS – Managing Community Cats: A Guide for Community Leaders

General Information about Feral and Community Cats
Alley Cat Allies Workshop Video – Helping Community Cats
Alley Cat Allies Fact Sheet – Feral and Stray—An Important Difference
Alley Cat Allies Video – What is a Feral Cat?
Alley Cat Allies – Frequently Asked Questions

Trap-Neuter-Return Basics
Alley Cat Allies Video – What is Trap-Neuter-Return?
Alley Cat Allies – Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return Guide
Alley Cat Allies Booklet – Step-by-Step Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return
Alley Cat Allies – Eartipping

Humane Trapping
Alley Cat Allies – Before You Trap
Alley Cat Allies – Trapping Basics
Neighborhood Cats – Trapping Tips beyond the Basics
Alley Cat Allies Video – How to Trap an Entire Colony
Neighborhood Cats – How to Perform Mass Trapping (includes video)
Alley Cat Allies – Trapping Mom and Kittens
Alley Cat Allies – Kitten and Mom Scenarios and How to Trap
Alley Cat Allies – Tips for Trapping Shy Cats
Neighborhood Cats – Hard to Catch Cats
FixNation Video – Water Bottle Trick for Hard to Catch Cats

Trapping Equipment
Neighborhood Cats – Recommended Traps and Equipment
Neighborhood Cats – How to Use a Drop Trap
Alley Cat Allies – Traps and Humane Animal Equipment

Pre- and Post-Surgery Care
Alley Cat Allies – TNVR and Post-Surgery Care
Neighborhood Cats – Using a Trap as a Cage for Holding Cats (includes video)

Feral Cat Setup for Long-Term Foster Care
Neighborhood Cats – How to Safely Foster a Feral Cat

Cat Colony Management
Alley Cat Allies Guide – Colony Care Guide
Best Friends Animal Welfare Society Video – Community Cat Caretaker Tips
Alley Cat Allies – Testing for FIV/FeLV Positive Cats
Alley Cat Allies – Safe Relocation of Feral Cats
Neighborhood Cats – How to Relocate Safely

Food and Shelter for Colony Cats
Alley Cat Allies – Providing Food and Water
Neighborhood Cats – What, Where and How to Feed Your Ferals
Alley Cat Allies Fact Sheet – Build a Cat Feeding Station
Alley Cat Allies – How to Build an Inexpensive Outside Shelter
Alley Cat Allies – Feral Cat Shelter Gallery
Alley Cat Allies Fact Sheet – Build an Inexpensive Cat Shelter (Insulated wood shelter)
Neighborhood Cats – Feral Cat Winter Shelter Options

TNR Seasonal Tips
Alley Cat Allies – Winter Weather Tips
Neighborhood Cats – Stop Freezing Water
Alley Cat Allies – Summer Weather Tips

Colony Record Keeping
Alley Cat Allies – Colony Tracking System Form (pdf)
Alley Cat Allies – Colony Tracking System Form (Excel)
Feral Cat FOCUS – Colony Medical Record Log

Socializing Feral Kittens
Alley Cat Allies – First Steps When you Find Kittens Outdoors
Alley Cat Allies – Kitten Progression: Week-by-Week
Alley Cat Allies – Socializing Feral Kittens
Best Friends Animal Society – Socializing Very Shy or Fearful Cats
Urban Cat League – Tough Love Video Part 1: How to Socialize Feral Kittens
Urban Cat League – Tough Love Video Part 2: How to Socialize Feral Kittens
Urban Cat League – Tough Love Video Part 3: How to Socialize Feral Kittens

TNR and Public Health
Alley Cat Allies – Feral Cats and the Public—A Healthy Relationship
Alley Cat Allies – Rabies: A Public Health Victory

Community Relations Resources for Colony Caregivers
Alley Cat Allies – Community Relations Information
Alley Cat Allies – Educate Your Neighbors and Community Members
Alley Cat Allies – Preventative Measures
Alley Cat Allies – Troubleshooting with Community Members
Neighborhood Cats – Keeping Cats Out of Gardens and Yards

Local Codes/Animal Laws
Winchester City – Chapter 5: Animals and Fowl
Frederick County – Chapter 48: Animals and Fowl
Clarke County – See page 88 Chapter 61: Animals

Thank you for your 2022 Online Kitten Conference speaking proposal. Your submission has been received, and you will be notified by email in January if your proposal has been accepted. You may submit as many proposals as you like through January 1, 2022.

Thank you again for your interest in speaking at the 2022 Online Kitten Conference and your willingness to share your expertise to help kittens.

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