- No, mom still feeds them. If you can handle mom and have a spare
bedoom or bathroom, bring mom and kittens inside and supply them with a litter box and blankets as well as water and
food. Do not let them interact with your other pets, for the health of
the kittens as well as your pets. Otherwise,
keep putting out food and water outside in a safe place. Handle the kittens
as much as possible. When the kittens are eating cat food, see
below. Dry kitten food is OK for kittens and mom. Canned food would
be better for newly weaned kittens.
- No, and mom is not around. The kittens are too young to eat and require
bottle feeding. Immediate care and
feeding is needed for the kittens to survive. Click BELOW for detailed information on caring
for orphaned kittens.
Guide to Raising Orphan Kittens (Koret/UC Davis)
- Yes, and kittens are
over 3 months old and not friendly. Please continue to feed mom and kittens in
a safe place. The kittens are feral and can live a long and healthy life
outside. To prevent these kittens from
having kittens (4-month-old kittens can have babies), they should be trapped,
neutered, and returned to the area. See
the TNR information page for more details.
- Yes, and kittens are
around 3 months old or less. Please continue to feed mom and kittens in a safe
place. Handle each kitten every day. Bring kittens inside if you
can, in a spare bedroom or bathroom, or a kitten kennel. Do not let them
interact with your other pets, for the health of the kittens as well as your
pets. Apply Advantage flea control product. You can help by keeping them healthy until
they are spayed/neutered. When they are
8 weeks AND at least 2 pounds, they can be spayed/neutered, disease tested,
then prepared for adoption. Some vets may have different weight
requirements so check when you make the appointment. Detailed information can be found here:
General Guide to Raising Kittens (Koret/UC Davis)
they are spayed/neutered and disease tested, submit a REQUEST. Many volunteer groups will reserve space for
you at their adoption fairs where the kittens can be adopted.
If you cannot afford to have them spayed/neutered
using the low cost options below, submit a REQUEST.
Kitten illness warning
Emergencies requiring immediate veterinary attention
Bleeding of any kind nose, urine, stool
Any trauma: hit by a car, dropped, limping, stepped on,
A kitten that does not respond or that hasn't eaten for more than a