This past weekend's class was on how to tame feral kittens so they can be adopted out. I figured this would be good information to learn in case someday I trap feral kittens, now I'll know how to tame them so they can find good forever homes rather than remain homeless. There was oodles of helpful information presented by several people with lots of experience. I love that kittens that would have grown up homeless are cared for so they can find good homes, where they'll be spoiled and loved on just as cats should be!
Joy of joys, there were even feral kittens present for us to socialize!
This was my kitten
Laura elected not to attend this class because she was afraid if she went she might come home with a kitten. I somehow made it through without taking any home with me! These littles one are so precious, I'm so thankful they are getting loves and plays rather than trying to survive on the streets.
Their little blue eyes are stunning
One of the things I learned was the importance of giving them lots of contact from different people including children and other pets and gradually introducing them to all sorts of day to day sounds, like television, radio, kitchen appliances, vacuum, etc. so they learn not to be scared of them.
I would love to foster and tame feral kittens someday, however I think I need to work through my cat-attachment issues more before I am ready. I don't think I could give them up when the time came to adopt them out. I learned from the more experienced people at the class, that it is common to experience significant heart ache, especially when giving up the first litter of foster kittens.
After the class was done, one of the experienced teachers gave a brief demonstration on how to microchip and vaccinate kittens. I don't think I'll be doing that myself, no thanks! However, it was good to see that the kittens didn't seem bothered by any of it.
I think I'll attend some of the other upcoming classes too, particularly one on how to relocate ferals into a barn cat lifestyle and maybe the bottle baby class. I love that these resources are available here! I may not be using some of these skills right now, but one never knows when it might come in handy!