KITTENS 101 pages: ASSESS THE SITUATION | ASSESSING KITTENS | NOTHING’S OPEN | MEDICAL TRIAGE | SUPPLIES | WARMING KITTENS | FEEDING KITTENS | LITTER BOX TRAINING | CREATING SPACE | GROOMING | SOCIALIZATION
When you see a tiny kitten, it’s natural to want to scoop them up and get them out of harm’s way. But it can also be life threatening for the kitten. Most people think the closest municipal shelter is a safe place. Most people believe the kittens will be cared for, bottle fed, and have all their needs met. For the vast majority of shelters, this isn’t the case. Even during times without a pandemic, even in a shelter is No-Kill and has a kitten nursery, survival is not guaranteed. A kitten’s best chances are with her/his mom. It’s best to take time to assess the situation.
Step 1: Assess if the area is safe.
Step 2: Determine if the kittens may be orphaned.
Step 3: WAIT!
We know this is the hardest part, but if the kittens seem okay, you need to give it some time to see if the mother cat will come back.
We know you want to do best by these sweet little babies. Taking some time to determine if these kittens need you is crucial to their well-being. Most importantly, do not take these kittens to the shelter! Their best chance of survival is with their mom, but if mom is no longer around, their best chance for survival is with YOU!