A very special thank you to the Richmond SPCA for sharing their blog post below:
“With spring and summer comes warm weather, and with warm weather comes…kitten season. This might sound adorable, but in reality it places a huge strain on the resources of shelters all over the country and in many cases the lives of these tiny, innocent kittens are at risk.
It is not uncommon for Good Samaritans to discover a litter of these precious infants under a porch or tucked away in a row of bushes, and with the best intentions, they will remove the kittens and bring them to an animal shelter. The problem is that many of these kittens had a mother cat that was caring for them.
If you find a litter of unweaned kittens, avoid the initial temptation to remove them right away. Instead, monitor the area to see whether a mother cat returns to care for them. Chances are, a mother is nearby foraging for food and will soon return. The kittens’ chance for survival is greatest when left with a mother. If after monitoring the area for a reasonable period of time (2-3 hours), it becomes clear the mother is not returning, then you can remove the kittens in order to feed them and provide other necessary care.”
If the mother returns, it is still important that she, along with the kittens once they are 8 weeks old, are spayed and neutered.
If you have already confirmed the kittens you have found do not have a mother, we appreciate and encourage you to open your home to them so that they may be guaranteed a second chance at a happy and healthy future. The Richmond SPCA also provides fantastic instructions on their website on caring for small kittens. You can help save a life!
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society transferred more than 600 kittens into our care from the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter 2013, and 2014 looks to be a busy year these kittens are in need of your support as well. You can make a donation and help provide care for infant kittens and other animals in need of your help. Click here to give now.
Foster Coordinator Assistant Alyssa Pusecker joined the OK Humane team in October of 2013. Alyssa moved to Oklahoma City from Ohio in 2013. “I moved here and had no connections in Oklahoma, but I knew I wanted to become involved in the community and do something that I could feel good about while helping others,” said Alyssa. […]