Merrimack River, Two Weeks, Six Days discussed on The Community Cats Podcast
We had like twenty eight volunteers show up for the first training. We ran tiny lion sessions six days a week. And it was really the first large scale in shelter social. Liz ation program. The kittens vary in terms of how old they are. And what kind of backgrounds they came out of and how quickly they turned around. But some of them within two weeks out option floor some of the kids that were a little bit older and a little bit more wild to more time. But it's been one of our most successful programs. We use non force non flooding techniques. Everything is about positive reinforcement and allowing the kittens to choose to have the human interaction. So you're using food and play and those ways of trying to change the behavior of the kittens rather than wrapping them up in the towel. Absolutely. We really want the kittens to seek human interaction versus learning to tolerate it. And there's a really big difference. In terms of how those kittens? Oh, grow up and have future relationships with humans. It is interesting over the years of the many feral cat foster homes that I've worked with with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. Everybody wants to have a different approach. I think everything's becoming a lot more. Play focused a lot more food focused finding the carrots that are going to work to change the behavior of the cats, which I think is great one other idea that was just thrown out a few days ago as the concept of actually having the kittens go into their adoptive home. Find adoptive home that would be like a foster home. But yet the foster home becomes the adoptive home and doing a reduced fee adoption for those kittens and advise them, but then those kittens are going to bond with their family. So it actually takes a step out of the process. So it's an interesting concept. Right. And I think that it's easier to do with the kittens that are more quickly socialized. One of the things that we found in trying to do the shelter work is that having the kittens contained in cages gives you a captive audience. But it also gives the kitten a safe place their cages safe place. So they're allowed to retreat and the time it takes to socialize in the shelter. Versus in foster is. Much shorter. The kittens are getting bitch waited two different people that are coming through of men and women are active in the program children are active in the program..