Judith was already preparing food when I got there at 8:10am.
|Judith prepares meals|
Currently the shelter are having to be really careful throughout as flu symptoms have started to appear. Pro-biotic powder, plus a Flu remedy are being added into food where appropriate.
|Judith adds pro-biotic powder to meals|
Flu in cats can go from mild to very serious and it can spread very easily. A cat showing no symptoms can still pass on the infection in a number of ways, in addition, some can be carriers. This is one of the reasons the Shelter has such a strict cleaning regime. Sadly as the infection can be passed by direct cat to cat contact or from being carried on clothing and shoes, it's managed to get through the defences. Even cats who have been vaccinated could become ill, although not usually as severely as non vaccinated ones.
In view of this a number of additional measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of cross infection. Rooms with cats showing any sign of illness are marked accordingly. Anyone visiting or cleaning in such a room will not be allowed in any other room and should completely limit their movement around the shelter.
Back to the filming and Emma kindly talked me through the daily routine. Generally the morning starts with feeding in all rooms, medication and changing litter trays. Although it sounds a bit gross, the contents of litter trays are important as any diarrhoea or evidence of blood can indicate a problem.
I took some photos and video within Room 4 to begin with, Daisy and Princess's kittens are in here. All but one have been pre-adopted and should be going to their new homes in about a weeks time.
|A hiding little kitten|
They were all due for worming, which meant each one had to first be weighed and then given a tablet. Weights and medication are then all written on each kittens record sheet.
Then it was all about cleaning. As you can see a Mum and her babies can make quite a mess of their cage!
Here's the before....
And the after :)
Speaking of which, here are a few kittens to drool over!
And Mum :)
So until next week! Thanks for calling by :)