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What to do if You Find Kittens

Kitten season has arrived.

Wait & Observe from a Distance for an Hour or Two

If possible, observe the sight for several hours to be sure that the kittens are truly abandoned. In each situation, you will ultimately have to use your own judgment to decide how to handle the kittens, depending upon the litter’s needs and your time and resources.

If unsure about what to do with the tiny kittens, please contact (505) 250-6037 or [email protected]

How to Judge a Kitten’s Age

  • Under one week: Eyes shut, ears flat to head, skin looks pinkish. Part of umbilical cord may still be attached.
  • 1 week-10 days: Eyes beginning to open, ears still flat. A kitten this age is smaller than your hand.
  • 3 weeks: Eyes are fully open, ears are erect, and teeth are visible. Kittens this age are just starting to walk and will be very wobbly.
  • 4-5 weeks: Eyes have changed from blue to another color and/or kittens have begun to pounce and leap. Kittens this age will begin to eat gruel or canned food.
  • 7 weeks: Best time to bring them to the shelter as kittens of this age who are ready to be away from their mother cat. Kittens of this age will start to eat crunchy kibble/food and are very active and playful. Kittens this age run, jump, and are very mobile.