Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines
y name is Hannah Shaw, but most people know me as Kitten Lady. I’m a professional animal rescuer, a humane educator, and a fierce advocate for the protection of kittens. My life is dedicated to saving young kittens, and I’ve spent my career teaching people all around the world to do the same. I am on a mission to change the world for the smallest and most vulnerable felines.
Everything I do is structured around saving little lives. I live in a home with a built-in kitten nursery that is tailored to meet the needs of orphans, helping them to recover, blossom, and thrive. Once a motherless kitten enters my home, she is safe here; this is where the cold become warm, the sick become well, and the hungry get a bellyful of nutritious food. Over the years, I’ve saved hundreds of babies. The transformations I witness here are profound, and it is absolutely life-changing to watch as some of the tiniest and most hopeless kittens grow into robust, mighty cats.
I’m so immersed in rescue that I sometimes forget how unique it is to be a kitten mom. Once I was at a grocery store, purchasing human baby food for a sickly orphan, when a chatty employee started asking me about my child.
“Do you have a baby at home?” asked the clerk.
“Yes, I do!” I replied.
“Oh, how wonderful. Boy or girl?”
“She’s a little girl.”
“Lovely! How old?”
“She’s five weeks old.”
“Wow! Only five weeks old? You look great!”
“. . . Why thank you!” I laughed.
“And what’s the little girl’s name?”
Her face went pale and she stopped talking to me. Hey, she didn’t ask what species!
Being a surrogate caregiver to baby cats is a unique and fulfilling experience. My work as a kitten advocate has taken me to some pretty wild places: whether I find myself on an international train with a secret kitten hidden in my hoodie, on an overnight road trip in a van with dozens of kittens, or crawling in the dirt on my hands and knees to find the source of a tiny “meow,” it’s always an adventure! Kitten rescue has taught me that true compassion is spontaneous and unconditional, and that even though I’m just one tiny person, if I bear witness to suffering, I have the power to do something about it.
A life of kitten rescue wasn’t something I actively sought out—in fact, quite the contrary! Kittens came into my life like a whirlwind and made their presence impossible to ignore. A lifelong animal advocate, I knew I had it in my heart to help—but as one individual, how could I possibly make a difference?
I quickly learned the hard way that there are very few resources available to young kittens. I discovered that if unweaned kittens entered an animal shelter, they were considered too young to be viable, and they were typically euthanized. Everywhere I turned for help, there seemed to be a gap in resources when it came to the littlest lives. I found that even if I wanted to help them myself, there was almost no reliable information available about what I could personally do to give them a chance. Ultimately, I determined that if these resources didn’t exist, I could take small steps to be a part of the solution. And so the day I found my first kitten outside, my journey began.
State of the Kitten
It’s Raining Kittens: How to Stop the Flood
What to Expect (When You’re Expecting Kittens)
Fight for the Little Guys
From Tiny to Mighty
In Sickness and in Health
Preparing for Takeoff
Taking Care of Yourself (So You Can Take Care of Them)
Changing the World for the Tiniest Felines
Kitten Growth and Monitoring Chart
About the Author
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