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When you find kittens

Keep your mittens off those kittens!

Each Spring, local animals shelters are filled to capacity with litters of kittens who have been brought to the shelter because the person who found them did not see the mother cat and believed the kittens were in need of being rescued. It is in our nature to want to help and protect these small and defenseless animals and without their mother, the thought that these kittens are in danger compels many people to scoop them up and bring the kittens to their local animal shelter.

In fact, most of time, these kittens DO NOT need rescuing. The mother cat is often nearby and will return to her kittens. She is the best chance her kittens have for success. "Rescuing" kittens who do not need rescuing places additional burdens on the services and care that animal shelters can provide.

Instead of interfering or handling the kittens, leave them undisturbed. Observe them from a safe distance and if the mother cat has not returned to care for the kittens after an absence of eight hours or more, only then should they be considered abandoned.

Caring for abandoned kittens

Even when you have found genuinely abandoned kittens, bringing them to the shelter is not advised until they are old enough to feed themselves. Kittens younger than this will need foster care until they are old enough to be vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Young kittens need kitty formula - never cow's milk! Older kittens will need wet food.

Never fostered before? Not sure how often your rescued litter needs to feed and what to feed them? No problem! You can contact our Admissions Department at 327-6088, ext. 102 to learn everything you'll need to be a successful at caring for kittens.