Found Kittens

kittens outside
If you have found  kittens in your yard or nearby that do not appear to "belong" to anyone, here are some tips.

Help! I found kittens.

  • Leave the kittens in place for 6-12 hours and see if the mother cat returns. Female cats tend to move their kittens at least every week for safety. It often takes them all day to move all of the kittens to the new location, so the kittens you've found may just be waiting for their mother to return.  Check with your neighbors and post flyers in your neighborhood in an attempt to find the owner.

  • If the mother cat returns and she is friendly, take her and the kittens inside and allow the mother to care for the kittens until they are between 5-8 weeks of age. At 5 weeks of age, the mother cat can be spayed and the kittens will be able to eat solid food. The kittens can be altered at 8 weeks of age. See below for Spaying & Neutering resources.

  • If the mother cat returns but is feral, please TNR so she never has another litter. We have all the info necessary on our site. There are free resources for traps and spay/neuter. 

  • If the mother cat does not return with 6 - 12 hours, bring the kittens inside. Provide a heat source such as a heating pad on low setting. Immediately give drops of water slowly by mouth from an eye dropper or syringe to hydrate the kittens and refer to the Alley Cats Allies website for information on caring for kittens. 
Once the kittens reach 8 weeks of age, they can be altered (see below for Spaying & Neutering resources) and adopted to friends and family. Or, if you do not wish to alter and adopt the kittens, they can be taken the animal shelter. Once they are weened, the kittens have a better chance of surviving at the shelter.

Spaying & Neutering

There are many resources for low-cost spay-neuter. Cats and kittens can be altered once they reach two pounds. 

Please do not give away any animal to others without getting them spayed or neutered first. Even if you're able to locate the owner of an animal or if, during your search, you find someone who would like to take the animal, please strongly encourage them to have the animal fixed first.