When we find a litter of kittens, our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush to the aid of these fragile felines. Thankfully, human intervention is typically not required. In fact, the best thing you can do is leave the kittens alone. Mom will likely return shortly, and it's critical that the kittens remain in her care as she offers the best chance of survival. If you are extremely certain that the kittens are orphaned, you can then step in and help by caring for the kittens until they're old enough to find homes. The chart below will help you determine what steps to take if you've found kittens.
DON'T KIT-NAP KITTENS!
Hooray! Let her care for them until they are 8 weeks old.
Then make sure you get both mom and kittens spayed/neutered. Free services are available!
Call 281-528-1238 for more information about Trap/Neuter/Return of Community Cats or just CLICK HERE!
Did mom come back?
LEAVE THE KITTENS ALONE!
Mom offers the best chance for survival and is likely out hunting and will return.
Mom will likely return. Please do not intervene!
You will make a great foster parent!
If mom has vanished for more than 8 hours, the kittens are likely orphans. During kitten season, our local shelters are overrun with kittens and don't have adequate resources to care for them. Please care for them in your home until they are 8 weeks old. We'll provide help you find a home for them when they are ready.
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