March – April 2014
It IS possible for cat advocates and wildlife conservationists to get along, especially when they both realize they share a similar goal – reducing the number of outdoor cats in the environment. Learn how this successful collaboration came about and what they have accomplished, from the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland.
Neonatal kittens’ lives are fragile under the best of circumstances, and that fragility increases when they are orphaned or sick. How can shelter veterinarians, and those working with kitten nursery programs or rescue groups, provide the best care for this population?
Please join Maddie’s InstituteSM on March 13, 2014, at 9 PM Eastern, when Dr. Elizabeth J. Thomovsky, a veterinarian and board-certified specialist in emergency and critical care at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, will present Critical Care of the Sick Neonatal Kitten.
In this presentation, attendees will learn:
- Normal findings of healthy neonatal kittens
- Review of diseases of neonatal kittens including clinical presentation/historical signs
- Fluid support
- Administration of antibiotics
- Feeding the neonate
- Orogastric and other tubes
Learn the basics on panleukopenia to help you minimize the risk and impact of this deadly disease on the cats in your care
A new movement is growing to end the euthanasia of healthy community cats who are entering shelters and unadoptable due to temperament or lack of space. The “Return to Field” movement involves spaying and neutering these cats and returning them back to their original locations instead of euthanizing them. This theory, the advantages and mechanics of this new approach, and how to integrate “Return to Field” into a comprehensive community TNR program will be explored.
Before you can spay/neuter the cats and gain the benefits of TNR, you have to catch them! Best Friends Animal Society’s Community Cat Program Manager will introduce you to the basics of trapping, including what equipment to use, how to use it, different kinds of bait, items to bring along and all sorts of special tricks.
Turning feeders into caretakers and mobilizing residents to become trappers can greatly expand the reach of a community TNR program. What you need to grow the grassroots, including training workshops, trap banks, discounted spay/neuter and more will be covered.