Q: How old are these Kittens?
A: We have a litter of 4 babies and their mother with us currently, and we believe they were born at the beginning of September. This is approximating based on their weight, development and behavior. Mom is estimated to be between 1-2 years old.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are the Greater Los Angeles Area (Burbank to be Exact) California, USA. Our timezone is Pacific Standard time.
Q: Is this stream live? When is it over?
A: Yes, this is a live stream of our Kitten room. We will keep it going 24/7 (barring service interruptions or application crashing) until the Kittens are adopted. The stream went live with our first litter on July 8th, 2016.
Q: What are their names?
A: Our current residents are: Mom Bagheera (Green Collar, Black female), Milo (Blue Collar, Brown Tabby male), Charlotte (Yellow Collar, Russian Blue female), Coulson (Red Collar, Silver Tabby male) and Flora (White Collar, Silver Tabby female). You can see photos of them on our Alumni page here, as well as follow daily photo updates on our Instagram & Facebook.
Q: What is their schedule?
A: We feed weaned cats wet food 2-4 times a day, with free access to dry kibble and water 24/7. The younger kittens eat every 2-6 hours via bottle or oral syringe, and require assistance with passing wastes. They sleep the rest of the time, up to 22 hrs a day. We are trimming claws every few days to get the kittens relaxed with the process, getting them habituated to being bathed, and we are socializing them whenever they are awake! If you can't see them, there's a chance they're sleeping off camera.
Q: Why are they sleeping all the time?
A: It's very tiring growing into a cat, these kittens use up a lot of calories getting bigger, it's very exhausting work. We try to let them sleep as much as they like, and will not wake them to play with them. They're sleeping anywhere between 14-20 hours a day, except for feeding and playing time.
Q: Why is one of the kittens sleeping alone?
A: It's not unusual for unweaned kittens to develop the habit of suckling on their siblings as they would their mother. Long time viewers will know this is something we've seen before. It's something that happens often, but it can be harmful if left uncorrected. If we notice a kitten suckling on their sibling, we separate them while sleeping or when they're not being supervised, which prevents any ingestion of waste or any irritation from being caused to either kitten. Generally they forget the habit quickly, and can be reintegrated with the litter in a short while.
Q: Are you a breeder? Where's their mom?
A: No, we are not breeders. We foster stray or street cats and kittens, rescued and surrendered to CatLove Rescue & the Los Angeles Animal Shelter. When we foster under-aged kittens, we often do not know what happened to their mother. Mother cats who are feral or undomesticated are often difficult to catch or unable to adjust to living with humans, so they are Trap-Neuter-Released back into the wild when their babies are found and rescued. So if mom is not with us, there's a high likelihood that she is still living on the street somewhere.
Litters of under-aged kittens that are found and surrendered to shelters face euthanization due to lack of staff or resources to help them thrive. Newborn kittens require a considerable amount of care; the bottle feedings, assisting them with passing wastes, etc. That’s where we come in. Foster homes like ours can save young kittens like this from being euthanized, and take the burden off of the shelters.
Q: How much do you get paid for this?
A: We do not get any money or compensation for this. We volunteer our time, money, and our love to help ensure these kitties get the best start to their lives! We're not professionals, we're just a couple who loves animals and we try to do the best by them!
Q: How can I help?
A: You can help us in a few different ways!
1. Spread the word, reblog, retweet and share our live feed and the kittens that are up for adoption. You can link directly to this video by using this URL: https://youtu.be/Rbi31aWL8Js This makes sure that these kittens are spared from ever returning to the shelter, and gives us great joy knowing the babies we’ve raised go to wonderful, loving homes.
2. You can donate food and toys to the kitties, by purchasing any of the many goodies we have on their Amazon Wish List. Every donation is unboxed LIVE on cam, and each donation also is videotaped and edited into a special shoutout video that is uploaded to the KittenDorm YouTube channel! http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1HR5HBLLJ4PD2
3. You can donate to our parent no-kill rescue, http://www.CatLove.org. This group has provided us with invaluable support and resources, and they do excellent work with adult, senior and young cats to make sure they all find their forever families. Their donate page can be found here, and pictures of adoptable cats can be found on their Instagram @Catloverescue!
4. You can watch the livestream via www.stream.me/KittenDorm! This website is hosting a contest for most watched livestream of the month, and is awarding cash prizes to the channels with the most viewer watched minutes. Please, consider signing up for a Stream.ME account, and watching the livestream there.
We love to chat with the viewers via Stream.ME, and any cash prizes awarded to Kitten Dorm would be used towards spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping before the kittens go to their forever homes!