Kittens will have to be outside in the cold weather for a couple hours tomorrow. Would love some advice on how to accomplish this in some odd conditions.
Our two five-month old kittens are getting spayed/neutered at the ASPCA mobile clinic tomorrow
. Our usual vet is out indefinitely and our particular portion of NYC has little to no other options. The clinic will only be in our neighborhood tomorrow, and waiting any longer will probably result in more kittens.
The mobile clinic is first come, first serve, and there's a limit to how many animals they do, so you have to get there around 6:30 AM and wait a couple hours outside. Because nothing is ever easy, it's also the coldest it's been here all winter, and that's supposed to continue on into tomorrow.
We have a carrier for each of them (here
, and here
). The hospital that provides the clinic says that there's no guarantee of being able to leave the kittens in the van before it's time to take them in for surgery. How do we keep them warm for two hours?
We don't have (and can't afford) sweaters or clothes for the cats, but we have little blankets we can stuff in the carriers. Would including hot water bottles in the carriers be effective? After two hours? What about chemical warmers? Or would those just introduce a gaseous or ingestible hazard? Would they still be able to breathe if we covered every airhole with blankets? We're also considering sealing a portion (only a portion!) of the airholes in each carrier with plastic, so the heat has a better chance of staying in. (This may be a terrible idea.)
The ASPCA site and the hospital didn't have a lot of suggestions in regards to keeping our cats warm. Advice would be welcome! (Especially if you've gone through a similar situation.)