Go Behind The Scenes at the San Diego Humane Society's Kitten Nursery

Anna Green

"Kitten season" is the time of year when cats begin giving birth, causing shelters to be inundated with a new generation of homeless litters. In order to deal with the influx of newborns, the San Diego Humane Society has established a kitten nursery that provides around-the-clock care for the tiny orphaned animals. The neonatal kittens are cleaned, fed, and given warm beds and medical attention. 

“San Diego Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery cares for thousands of orphaned kittens every year,” writes YouTube user Cole and Marmalade. “These neonatal kittens require 24-hour care that is unavailable anywhere else and before their kitten nursery program was established in 2008, kittens this young would be euthanized because of a lack of resources required to care for them.”

In the above video, a San Diego Humane Society nurse carried a GoPro around for a day, documenting the work that goes into taking care of the kittens. The short video compresses a full day of care into just over two minutes, and includes kittens being bottle-fed, eating some of their first solid food, and even one tiny kitten having its fur combed with a toothbrush. Check it out above.

[h/t: Mashable]

Banner Image Credit: Cole and Marmalade, YouTube