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Kitten Season is Here!

What to do if you find a Kitten

Kitten season refers to the time of year when many litters of kittens are born, making April through October the most overwhelming time of the year for shelters. Animal Welfare Department recommends the following steps when finding kittens.

If you find young kittens without their mom, it does not necessarily mean they have been abandoned. The mother could be out looking for food or finding a more suitable home for her kittens. If you find one or two kittens, their mother may be in the process of moving the family and is on her way back for the others.

Wait and 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. Each situation is different, but ultimately the observer will use their own judgment to decide if the kittens have been abandoned or are in danger. If you determine the kittens are in danger or truly abandoned, you as the rescuer can help by becoming a foster parent!  For more information about being a foster parent, please email [email protected].  If you are unsure about what to do with the tiny kittens please email our kitten contact at [email protected]

If the kittens are weak, or have not eaten in 3 hours, the situation is an emergency. Please head to the East side shelter location admissions entrance and someone will assist you.

Tips for Judging 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 are ready to be away from their mother cat. These kittens will start to eat crunchy kibble/food and are very active and playful.  Kittens this age run, jump, and are very mobile.