What To Do if You Find Tiny Kittens - Quick Rescue Kitty Tips
It will happen whether you live in rural or urban communities — a litter of kittens may land on your doorstep, or in your garage, or near your trash cans. If you find kittens without a mom, if they are very young, it's important to see if you can find the mom to help with proper nursing.
Don't rush the kittens off to a shelter right away. First, wait a few hours, or even days, to see if the mom returns to the hidden spot, because she may be out hunting for food or water and has every intention of returning to her kittens.
The mother cat may also be hesitant about you being around, and may be hiding until you leave. Don't take pre-weaned kitties away from their mother, that is very dangerous.
The best thing to do if you find a litter of kittens is to build a comfortable place for the mom and the kittens. Offer food and water so they won't have to hunt for it, and socialize with the kittens until they are about six weeks old.
If you can, after the kittens are weaned, grab the mom and have her spayed and then she can safely be re-released or maybe find a home so she won't have more kittens.
What if the Mom Cat Doesn't Come Back?
If you are finding yourself with a litter of kittens and the mother cat doesn't come back to take care of the kittens, you will have to save the kittens yourself or else they will be in life-threatening danger.
The cats could be dehydrated or starving, or be in a hazardous situation unless you intervene. So, if you are not sure if the mom is around, or you have waited at least half a day and no parent is showing up, then make sure the kittens are in a warm space.
Newborn kittens need constant monitoring until they see a veterinarian, but sometimes shelters can find a surrogate mother cat for kittens to give them milk. There are milk replacements specially designed for kittens, but never give a cat cow's milk because it will upset their stomach.
Newborn kitties nurse every few hours and at three weeks old will need to eat four to six times a day. After four weeks, you can try a shallow bowl they can drink from, and introduce canned food mixed with cat formula. After six or seven weeks, the cat can be switched to a dry cat food formula.
Kittens can't go to the bathroom until they are about three weeks old, so until then, you will have to use a warm, wet cloth or towel to rub gently in their genital and anal areas to stimulate going to the bathroom. By the time they are four weeks old, they can be trained to use a litter box.
Taking care of wild kittens is a chore, but you will have saved a few lives, if you are able to take on the task.