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What should I do If I find stray kittens without their mother?
If you find stray kittens without their mother, make sure they are warm and contact your local animal rescue organization or shelter for assistance.
Can I give the kittens cow’s milk if I don’t have kitten formula?
No, cow’s milk is not suitable for kittens. It does not provide the necessary nutrients they need for healthy growth. Use kitten formula instead, usually available from your local Vet’s office (one brand comes to mind, by Royal Canin and called Babycat Milk and comes with a special feeding bottle).
Should I keep the stray kittens or find them new homes by myself?
It’s best to contact your local rescue or shelter for assistance. They have the resources and experience to provide the necessary care and find suitable forever homes for the kittens. You might be able to foster them until the shelter directs an adoptive family your way, and you can also help things along by reaching out to anyone in your personal network (and ask them to reach out to their networks as well).
How can I ensure the kittens’ safety while waiting for help?
To ensure the kittens’ safety, whether they’re still outside or now in your home: keep them warm. Be especially careful to keep them out of the drafty air of open windows or doors, even in the summer time. Provide them with a soft, warm blanket or towel, (even better: tuck a warm hot water bottle under a blanket and let them sleep on top of the warmed blanket). If outside, so they don’t get lost or run away, try to place them in a cage, or animal travel bag and observe them from a distance while waiting for assistance from a rescue or shelter.
Advice for Stray Kitten Care
1. Do not separate kittens from their mother prematurely.
2. Keep kittens warm and provide them with a soft, warm blanket or towel.
3. Use kitten formula to feed the kittens if their mother is absent or unable to nurse.
4. Contact your local animal rescue organization or shelter for assistance.
5. Do not attempt to foster the kittens by yourself or find them homes on your own unless you really know what you’re doing. In first world countries with systems in place for these creatures, take advantage of all the local services offered that will help keep them safe and find a home for them.
6. Be patient and wait for professionals to provide the necessary care and find suitable forever homes for the kittens.
Remember, your actions can make a difference in the lives of stray kittens. By following the right steps and seeking help from experts, you can ensure their safety and well-being. Let’s give these little ones the chance they deserve to thrive and find loving homes.
Becca The Crazy Cats Lady is an experienced and knoweldgeable cat owner with years of experience caring for a multi-cat household. She curates, writes and shares cat content at https://CrazyCatsLady.com.