Essential Supplies

The following are a list of favorite supplies and product links, listed by category. These are not official endorsements, but represent products that Kitten Lady likes and recommends to people who are caring for kittens. I hope this helps you furnish your home with all the essentials to make fostering fun and easy! Happy shopping!

KEEP 'EM FED

kitten formulas

Breeder's Edge Formula 12oz (great for a solo kitten)

Kitten Milk Replacer 12oz (great for a solo kitten)

Breeder's Edge Formula 4.5lb (great for multiple kittens)

Kitten Milk Replacer 28oz (great for multiple kittens) 

Breeder's Edge Formula 20lb (bulk size for rescue orgs and shelters)

 

bottles and nipples

PetAg bottle kit (your standard kit!)

Miracle Nipple Mini (my preferred nipple attachment)

Miracle Nipple (larger version of my preferred nipple attachment)

3cc Syringes (for syringe feeding very young kittens)

WET AND DRY FOODS

Babycat Wet Food

Wellness Kitten Wet Food

Grain Free Freedom Kitten Food

Mom and Babycat Dry Food

 

HELPFUL FEEDING SUPPLIES

Electric Tea Kettle (for warming bottles quickly)

Mini Whisks (to eliminate clumps)

Blender Bottle (to eliminate clumps -- also great for making a smooth slurry during weaning)

Shallow Food Dish (so they can reach!)

PetNet Smart Feeder (automatic feeder for kibble)

 

 

 

KEEP 'EM COZY

comfort sources

Snuggle Kitty (stuffed animal with heartbeat)

Snuggle Puppy (they don't know the difference!)

 

On the go/carriers

Sleepypod (luxury carrier with circular shape and built-in cat bed -- my preferred carrier for solo kittens, litters of kittens, or even adult cats!)

Sleepypod Mini (smaller version of the Sleepypod -- great for one kitten but wouldn't recommend for large litters)

U-Pet Bag (fashionable animal carrier with a big window viewer)

Disposable Cardboard Carriers (12 pack of single-use carriers for frequent fosterers)

 

Hideaways

Shark Bed/Hideaway

Strawberry Hideaway

Blue Cat Tent

 

Heat sources

Snuggle Safe (microwavable heating pad)

Heating Pad (cat safe/chew resistant)

 

enclosures

Small 28" Playpen

Medium 45" Playpen (an essential!)

Large 61" Playpen

Transparent DIY Playpen (clear panels that click together into various shapes/sizes!)

Clear Plastic Tub (this is what I use for my 0-3 week old kittens -- DO NOT USE LID.)

 

Blankets and mats

Microfleece Baby Blankets (pattern: grey bears)

Microfleece Baby Blankets (pattern: woodland creatures)

Microfleece Baby Blankets (pattern: blue and yellow)

Receiving Blankets (for nursing)

Thermal Mat

 

KEEP 'EM CLEAN

BATHTIME 

Fragrance-Free Natural Dish Soap (for bathing kittens with fleas)

Organic Fragrance-Free Baby Shampoo (for bathing dirty kittens)

Cotton Rounds (good for cleaning faces)

 

DISINFECTANTS

Rescue Wipes (kills most viral and bacterial agents)

Rescue Disinfectant (shelter quality disinfecting solution)

Household Bleach (use at 1:32 dilution and rinse thoroughly)

LITTER

Yesterday's News (kitten safe non-clumping)

World's Best Cat Litter (kitten safe clumping)

Kitten Attract (for difficult to train kittens)

Litter Genie (for hassle-free litter scooping)

 

DAILY CLEAN-UP

Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes (for clean up after meals/peeing)

Soft Toothbrushes (20 pack -- for brushing/grooming kittens)

Puppy Pads (for laying under messy spots like food dishes or litter pans)

 

KEEP EM HEALTHY

Please note: these are not all of the supplies you will need to keep kittens healthy! Please see a veterinarian to diagnose kitten conditions on a case-by-case basis and purchase prescriptions as needed. The following are at-home products that I find helpful for general health. 

routine care

Nemex Dewormer (pyrantel)

Digital Scale (for weighing kittens daily in grams) 

Nail Trimmer

Flea Comb

Saline Solution (pre-filled syringes of saline, great for wound flushing, URI support)

 

CRITICAL CARE 

Dextrose 50% (sugar replacer for hypoglycemic kittens)

Injectable B12 (use subcutaneously and only with training. Standard kitten dose of .1ml [note the decimal: point one] is safe and water soluble)

Feeding Tubes (use only with training)

Nebulizer (for URI treatment)

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Benebac (my preferred probiotic)

Proviable (another probiotic)

Pedialyte (an essential for dehydrated kittens)

Electrolyte Drops (alternative to Pedialyte)

Hi-Vite Drops (vitamin supplement for anemic or vitamin deficient kittens)

Gas Drops (kitten safe drops for gassy babies)

Miralax (kitten safe laxative - use just a pinch for constipation)

NutriCal for Kittens (high calorie supplement)

Gerber Chicken Food (for fussy/sick kittens)

CliniCare (complete meal replacement for weaned kittens requiring liquid diet)

 

 

 

keep 'em happy

Toys

Cat Dancer (the cheapest, but most loved cat toy)

Rainbow Rope (a classic favorite)

Jackson Galaxy Wand (kittens freak out over this one)

Crinkle Balls (12 pack - this is a must!)

Jingle Balls (well loved by kittens)

Mouse Toys (the best!)

 

Room Enrichment

Collapsible Tunnel

Ladybug Mobile Mat (a wonderful mat with hanging toys that kittens love)

Treats

Freeze Dried Chicken Treats (kittens love them, and proceeds support big cats!)

 

Scratchers

Circular Scratcher Toy (easy to sanitize between litters!)

Scratch Post (this is my very favorite scratch post!)

Cat Couch (a scratch post shaped like a couch!)

 

MONITORING

PetCube Camera (watch and play laser while out of the room)

Nest Security Camera (high quality monitoring camera for in-home)