The itty bitty kitty “paw”ject!

Part of our shelter kitten diversion program

Have you found a kitten and don’t know what to do? Every spring and summer, our shelter is flooded with itty bitty kittens who need extra special care. IVHS & SPCA wants to ensure that YOU know what to do if you find kittens, so here’s all of the information you need:  


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Don’t be a Kit-Napper

There is no better caretaker for a kitten than mom. It is very important to make sure that a kitten is actually an orphan before taking it in. So we’ve got all of the do’s and don’ts you’ll need to verify that a kitten needs your help:

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Do’s and Don’ts
  • Do monitor the kittens from a distance every 2-4 hours and assess their condition using the chart above before acting. Mother cat might be nearby and is looking for food or is too scared to return if she sees you! If kittens appear healthy based on the “Kittens that need help” chart above, monitor them from afar for 10-12 hours to watch for mother cat’s return.
  • Don’t touch or move the kittens until you verify mom is not around. It is always best to leave unweaned kittens (less than 4-5 weeks old) where they are so that mother cat can provide them with the care they need. Too often, nursing kittens are removed from mom because a finder did not realize she would be back soon.
  • Do evaluate if the kittens fit any of the descriptions in the chart above to see if they actually need your help. For example, if kittens have round bellies and appear clean, mom is most likely close by. If kittens appear thin and dirty, they may need your help!
  • Do consider being a foster to orphaned kittens whose mom does not return in 10-12 hours. If you can care for these kittens until they are 8 weeks old, IVHS & SPCA can provide you with all of the supplies you need to be a GREAT kitten foster parent!


Determining a Kitten’s Age

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