The following information is meant to be used in the short time from when you find the kittens and when you can get them to a veterinarian or a rescue. We are not veterinarians and this information does not take the place of medical advice. Seek immediate assistance if you find orphaned kittens.
Before you scoop up the tiny kittens make sure they are really alone. Mamas will often leave kittens for short periods to hunt and she won’t come back if you are standing there. Move away and observe the situation.
If you determine that mama is not returning, then you will need to get the kittens warmed up, fed and assist them with the bathroom business quickly-depending on their age. If they are newborns or less than a few weeks old they will need more care.
- They need to get their body temperature up before you feed them, don’t feed them when they are freezing.
- If you have a microwavable heating pad or hot water bottle wrap it in towels and place it in a box with the kittens. Make sure the heat source doesn’t take up the entire space, they need to be able to get away from it if they get too hot.
- Place towels or small blankets (baby blankets work great) in the box. They may be covered by the blankets just make sure the cover is loose and they can still move and breath.
- DO NOT FEED THEM MILK. Kittens (and cats) are lactose intolerant and cow’s milk can kill them. Local pet stores stock kitten formula and bottles. KMR and PetAg are the most commonly found brands at Petsmart, PetCo, and even WalMart.
- You will also need to assist them with going to the bathroom. Gently stimulate the area with a tissue. Yes, this is messy but necessary.
- Contact a veterinarian, Mesa County Animal Control or local shelters as soon as possible. Roice-Hurst, CLAWS, Loma Cat House all work with newborn kittens. They may ask if you are willing to foster the kittens until they are adoptable. Fostering is a great way to help kittens without the long-term commitment or expense since shelters will often cover the cost of supplies and vet expenses.If you decide to foster, there are lots of great resources online to help you care for and nurture your new little charges.