Abandoned kittens need special care due to their fragility, weak immune system and their nutritional needs. The mother’s milk usually provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals for a newborn kitten, but orphaned kittens need milk replacer to grow healthy and strong. Toronto Cat Rescue, a no kill, volunteer-powered charity, rescues and rehomes abandoned, injured and sick kittens and cats while also saving them from imminent euthanasia.
Kittens are unable to process any milk that hasn’t been produced from a nursing cat, like the mother or a foster mother, or doesn’t possess a similar caloric pattern to cat’s milk. Milk replacer has similar proteins, fats and carbohydrates to a mother’s milk, which makes it a suitable replacement for the fragile and abandoned kittens. Feeding a kitten cow’s milk, or any other non-cat milk, leads to diarrhea and dehydration, as it contains too much lactose and too little fat.
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With over 100,000 homeless street cats in Toronto, we are very active in the feral cat community. We support and educate our volunteers in the care and feeding of feral cat colonies and support TNR(M): Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor efforts. We rely on volunteers to foster cats in their homes until a cat lover adopts them. Having a network of foster homes allows every cat in our care to be part of someone’s home. It gives a rescued cat a chance to adapt to living with a family, sometimes with other cats, dogs and/or children.