What To Do When You Find Infant Kittens

May 15th, 2014

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.

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4 Responses to “What To Do When You Find Infant Kittens”

  1. Donna Kaiser says:

    I have a mother cat and 4 kittens living under my deck. Very cute, not use to humans…. Don’t know how long they have been there. We were out of town for 4 days and when we returned there they were. I need for them to move on….any suggestions?

    • OK Humane says:

      Donna, if you give our OK Humane Place Clinic a call they can give you some different options. Their phone number is 405-947-7729.

  2. Claudia Yost says:

    I have 3 kittens 3 months old over 3# very cute and need a home. I have 2 cats and keeping one of kittens but need to know what to do with 3 of them. Don’t have heart to turn out. Need help and can’t find any. Have tried everything

    • OK Humane says:

      Claudia, we are able to take surrendered animals on occasion. You can complete our form at http://www.okhumane.org/re-home-your-pet to get the process started. Once you submit the form, it will go directly to our Intake Team where it will be evaluated. If the kittens may be a good fit for the program and we have the space, they will contact you to set up an appointment to get them brought in for an assessment. Thanks for working to make sure these kittens find great homes!

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