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You Found a Kitten... Now What?

When you discover kittens outdoors, it can be tempting to scoop them up and bring them indoors. However, it is important to know that this is almost never in a kitten’s best interest.

Even if you see kittens alone, it is more than likely their mother is nearby. A mother cat is kittens’ best possible caregiver, so please leave them be. DO NOT remove kittens younger than 8 weeks old from their mother. It is harmful to their wellbeing.

 

However, are circumstances in which you may need to intervene to help young kittens. Keep your distance, but keep an eye out for the mother to return.  Here is a chart to give you an idea of when to intervene:

Newborn to about 2 weeks

Mother cat should return within 2 - 3 hours.  If not, it's time to intervene.

3 - 4 weeks

Mother cat should return within 3 - 4 hours.  If not, it's time to intervene.

5-8 weeks

Mother cat should return withing 5 - 6 hours.  If not, it's time to intervene.

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You've found a kitten.....

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MOST IMPORTANTLY - Do NOT feed the kitten cow's milk - it is very bad for their digestive system. Goat's milk can be used as a short-term substitute but a kitten milk replacer, such as PetAg KMR in powder or liquid form, is best for the wellbeing of the kitten. Very young kittens need to be fed every 2 hrs. without exception. This is a commitment that would be difficult for most people, so please call us and we will be happy to find a foster parent and/or assist you.

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