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Happen to hear some faint meows in your nearby bushes? Think you might have come upon a discovery of an abandoned kitten or litter of kittens? Well more often than not mama cat is not too far away and has not actually discarded her babies. 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 we 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 for survival.

Here are some suggestions on what your next step should be:

Wait & Watch…You will need to begin by watching the nest to determine if the mother is coming back or if they are truly orphaned. She may be out searching for food, taking a break, or even hiding from you. We suggest keeping a distance of at least 35 feet or more to give mom the space that she needs. You may even need to go away completely to give her the opportunity to return to her kittens. If you are too close, the mom may not come back to check in on her kittens. The mother cat will always offer them a better chance of survival. The mother cat offers her kittens’ best chance for survival, so wait and watch as long as you can. The best food for the kittens is their mother’s milk. Remove the kittens only if they are in immediate, grave danger.

If mother cat returns…If mom returns and the area is relatively safe, leave the kittens alone with mom until they are weaned. You can offer a shelter and regular food to mom, but keep the food and shelter at a distance

from each other. Mom will find the food but may not accept your shelter if the food is nearby, so she doesn’t attract other cats to food located near her nest. If mom is friendly and you decide to bring them into your home, be sure to keep them separate from your own pets.

Female cats can become pregnant with a new litter even while they are still nursing, so don’t forget to get the mother cat spayed or you will have more kittens soon!

If mother cat does not return… If you discover that mom has been hit by a car, or if for any reason it appears that she is not coming back, then you should remove the kittens. This is crucial to the kittens’ survival. But you must be prepared to care for these babies through to weaning if you decide to intervene! Please check out our Orphaned Kitten Care Guidelines (hyperlink to new page) to learn how to care for orphaned kittens.

Before Surrendering Your Pet

Humane Animal Rescue is dedicated to keeping pets out of shelters and helping them to remain in homes with the families who love them. Before you make the final decision, please check out some of our resources that may allow you to keep your pet or provide alternative rehoming options.

Coming into the shelter setting can be very stressful on your pet. There may be alternative rehoming options for you to consider to help find them a new home while reducing stress if you are no longer able to keep your pet.

Rescue groups generally are organizations that focus on caring for and helping families. They often re-home a specific species, breed or special needs pet and are available for almost any type of animal. These groups are organized by people who have extensive knowledge of a specific species, breed or condition, and provide a variety of opportunities for your pet. This may include the possibility of your pet staying in foster care until a home willing to adopt him/her becomes available.

Check out our tips on learning and growing with your pet on our Behavior Tips page.

  • National Organizations:
  • Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, provides grants to assist with medical treatment
  • Brown Dog Foundation, for sick pets that would likely respond to treatment
  • Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance for cats with life-threatening illness or injury

– Ellie’s Pet Pantry supplies members of our local community with food for hungry pets, assisting families that have fallen on hard times and are struggling to keep their families intact.

  • Vet’s Kitchen

– Supplies pet food to residents of Beaver County who are struggling to keep their pets due to lack of funds for food.

  • Allergies (waiting on content from Jolene)
  • Preparing for Baby Arrival (waiting on content from Jolene)

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