I found a litter of kittens. What do I do?

Before jumping to the rescue, please considering the following recommendations:

  • Quietly observe from a safe distance to determine if the mother is present.
  • If the kittens are clean and sleeping in a heap, mom is most likely out looking for something to eat and will be back to care for them.
  • If you sense the kittens are in immediate danger, move them to a safe area nearby where the mother can still find them.
  • Place them in a sheltered area, away from the direct sun, rain or traffic and continue to watch for the mother.
  • If you have observed the kittens for 24 hours and the mother has not returned, then pick them up, and care for them.

Be aware that sometimes, no matter what you do, some neonatal kittens do not survive and can fade very fast. You can only try to be the best surrogate guardian possible and hope for the best.

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1. What is kitten season?
2. I found a litter of kittens. What do I do?
3. I am going to bring the litter of kittens to Athens-Clarke County Animal Services. What will happen?
4. I want to care for the kittens. What do I do next?
5. What is the Wait Until 8 program?
6. How do I qualify for the Wait Until 8 Program?
7. I want to sign up for the Wait Until 8 Program how do I do that?
8. My Wait Until 8 kitten(s) are two pounds! What do I do now?
9. My Wait Until 8 kittens are sick. What do I do?