From March to November, shelters and rescue organizations are flooded with homeless litters from unaltered cats. A rice sock is one common way that veterinarians and veterinary support staff provide soothing warmth, or “heat support,” to these kittens. This activity is ideal for Scouts, classrooms, community groups, clubs and individuals who have a desire to make a sustainable difference in the lives of shelter animals.
To make a rice sock, you will need a pre-washed, thick athletic sock and uncooked, dry rice. The quantity will depend on the size of your sock—a small sock usually requires 1.5 to 2 cups, and larger socks need 3 to 4 cups.
To fill a sock, place rice in a cup, stretch the sock opening over the cup, and dump the contents in the sock. You can use a funnel as another option. Don’t pack the rice too tightly; leave some room so the sock will still be flexible and can conform to a kitten’s body.
If the material is too loosely woven and allows the rice to come through the sock, use pantyhose as an inner layer and slip the sock around it.
Seal the sock by tying a knot or close the top using yarn, string, or ribbon. Don’t use twist ties or metal of any kind, as the sock will be placed in the microwave.
Once your rice socks are complete, deliver them to the Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N. 13th Ave., during regular business hours. Visit www.azhumane.org for more information.