I Found Kittens, What Do I Do?

If you have found kittens outside, please follow this flow chart to determine what you should do and how COVID-19 regulations impact those recommendations.

Do the kittens appear ill or injured?

Contact Local Shelter/Rescue

If the kittens appear ill or injured, they should be brought to your local shelter or rescue as soon as possible. Please call the shelter or rescue first to ensure they are open and can accept the kittens.

Are the kittens over two months of age?

TIP: At two months, they will eat on their own, weigh around two pounds and will be able to walk, run and play.

Do the kittens appear social and friendly with humans?

Find Loving Homes

Continue to socialize the kittens in your care while you find adoptive homes that will commit to providing the with preventative veterinary care and spay or neuter surgery them when routine services return.

Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM)

Once kittens are over 2 months old, it can be difficult to socialize them. Providing them with a Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor strategy will set them up for a long and healthy life outdoors. Search online for local TNRM programs and contact them ASAP once routine services resume in your area. Keep in mind, feline breeding can begin before kittens are six months old. Acting quickly is key. Additional TNRM resources: aspcapro.org/communitycats

Do you see their mother around?

Provide Food and Monitor

Mother cats will take expert care of their kittens. Provide food and a dry clean shelter for them. Commit to a Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor plan for the mother and her kittens once routine veterinary services return to your area. If mother and kittens are friendly, you can find loving homes for them.

Has she returned to her kittens within a few hours?

Provide Food and Monitor

Mother cats will take expert care of their kittens. Provide food and a dry clean shelter for them. Commit to a Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor plan for the mother and her kittens once routine veterinary services return to your area. If mother and kittens are friendly, you can find loving homes for them.

Orphaned Kitten Care

Visit www.kittenlady.org/kitten-care for information on how to care for the kittens until they are old enough for adoption. Start on the "Age section" to see what level of care the kittens need.