(Closed) Found 4 kittens, don't know how to proceed, Help

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure what to do with kittens that little, but I do want to encourage you to contact a local rescue if you need local referrals and help. They can probably help you with rehoming them too.

I would avoid going to a shelter first because not all of them are no-kill shelters and cats can be hard to rehome.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I wouldn’t separate them from the mother if at all possible. The best case scenario would be to collect the mother AND the kittens and take them somewhere like a shelter.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Call a vet and find a rescue group if you dont know how to care for kittens. Gave you seen the mama at all?These little guys look almost ready to be weaned. They are super cute I’d take them in a heart beat but I am cat lady material. I want to hug and cuddle all the kitties!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@NLbride:  DO NOT TAKE THEM TO A SHELTER. Call a rescue group please!!!! This is kitten season many shelters will destroy the mother and the kittens. Many wonderful rescues will find them homes. We got my boy kitty from a rescue that snapped him up from a kill shelter. He was deamed “unadoptable” because he didnt like people.Well that kitty follows me everywhere now and loves everyone in my house. If they hadn’t rescued and taken care of him we’d never have had this little love.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you want to keep them, take them to a vet and get them checked out.  If you don’t want to keep them, find a local animal shelter that will take them.

The shelters in my area get crowded though and when I found kittens a few years ago nobody would take them.  I couldn’t leave them outside to fend for themselves (I estimated them to be 3 weeks old based on their ears still being closed) so I took them in until they were old enough to be adopted out.  I fed them with eyedroppers, made them use the bathroom with a washcloth, weaned them, and showed them how to use the litter box and a scratching post.  It was exhausting but extremely rewarding even though I personally don’t like cats.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

“Look a their little feces!” LOL

Ahem. I second calling a rescue group. They are cute!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@SnurfMurph86:  LOL I thought I was the only one so far who noticed that. They are cuties 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@dewingedpixie:  Yikes! Well don’t do that if they will be killed. I live in Canada and our shelters are no-kill shelters unless absolutely necessary (animal had illness that will affect others in shelter). Definitely take them to a rescue group!!!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Leave them where they are for now and watch for mom.  You want her to be able to find them if she’s still around, (and she most likely is).  If she is feral or not a friendly stray, you may need to set out a live trap for her.  Basically they are wire cages with a door that is triggered to close when the animal goes inside.  They look almost old enough to be weaned, but ideally, you do want to keep them with mom as long as possible.

 

 

 

Contact a local rescue group…many will have traps that you can borrow.  If you can keep or foster them and their mama, they will have advice for you on caring for them, (and if mama can’t be found/captured, they will have advice on how to raise “orphaned” kittens).  If you can keep them, hopefully the rescue will have room for another family, or be able to refer you to a rescue that does.  

 

 

 

Are the kittens friendly, or do they seem unused to humans, (hissing, growling when you approach them, don’t want to be touched, etc)?  If mama is feral but the kittens aren’t, or if they can be socialized, they have a good chance of finding homes. If mama IS feral, she should be trapped if possible, spayed, (so she doesn’t continue adding to the feral population), and released.  There may be rescources for TNR groups in your area (TNR stands for Trap, Neuter, Release, and helps keep the population of feral cats under control).

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Send them all to me!!! Look at those adorable little faces awwwww…

Keep them together and foster them if you can until they can be adopted, or find a local rescue group. Or do you know someone else who could foster/adopt?

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