Thursday 6 February 2020

Book ~ "Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines" (2019) Hannah Shaw

From Goodreads ~ Hannah Shaw, better known as Kitten Lady, has dedicated her life to saving the tiniest felines but one doesn't have to be a professional kitten rescuer to change - and save - lives. 

"In Tiny but Mighty", Hannah not only outlines the dangers newborn kittens face and how she combats them but how you can help every step of the way, from fighting feline overpopulation on the streets to fostering unweaned kittens, from combating illness to combating compassion fatigue, from finding a vet to finding the purrfect forever home. 

Filled with information on animal welfare, instructional guides and personal rescue stories of kittens like Chloe, Tidbit, Hank, and Badger - not to mention hundreds of adorable kitten photos - "Tiny but Mighty" is the must-have kitten book for cat lovers, current-and-future rescuers, foster parents, activists, and advocates. 

In addition to having two rescue cats of our own, I volunteer with two cat organizations ... I do social media for Annex Cat Rescue and I build cat shelters in the winter months with Toronto Street Cats.  So I enjoy reading books about rescue animals, animal shelters and animals in general.

This was an excellent book and a bible to have handy if you are fostering kittens or thinking about fostering kittens (so you'll know what to do and expect).

The chapters are:
  1. State of the kitten - the different kinds of shelters and how they work
  2. It's raining kittens:  how to stop the flood - what kitten season is, what the difference is between feral, community and stray cats, TNR (trap - neuter - release), what to do if you find a kitten outside, etc.
  3. What to expect (when you're expecting kittens) - preparing for kittens of various ages
  4. Fight for the little guys - neonatal kittens, helping with potty, feeding kittens, naming kittens, etc.
  5. From tiny to mighty - weaning, cleaning, socializing and playing with feeding kittens, etc.
  6. In sickness and in health - how to treat viruses
  7. Preparing for takeoff - adopting out the kittens and being able to say good-bye
  8. Taking care of yourself (so you can take care of them) - taking a break if you have to and avoiding burnout
  9. Changing the world for the tiniest felines - what you can do

Throughout the book there are colourful pictures been taken by Hannah and her partner, photographer Andrew Marttila.  So many gorgeous kittens ... many pictures are of when the kittens first came to Hannah and Andrew (it's hard to imagine kittens can be so small and  helpless) and when they had been nursed back to health and were heading to their furever homes.  Plus there are actual stories of the kittens Hannah has taken in to foster and nursed back to health.

I liked the writing style and format.  It's obvious Hannah (and Andrew) are dedicated to fostering kittens.  They will drop everything if they get a call that there are kittens in need.  We need more people in the world like them.

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