Blog post created by Sam Cryer, Greenhill Humane Society volunteer
Spring is here—and so is kitten season! Did you know that late spring through early autumn is peak season for kittens? Although mama cats give birth at other times, these warmer months are particularly conducive for raising a litter—and the perfect time to help shelters like Greenhill care for these young feline families.
What to Do If You Find Kittens
Although it’s tempting to sweep in immediately if you find a litter of kittens, it’s important to remember that mama cat provides her babies the best chance of surviving and thriving. First, watch and wait to see if the mother returns. It’s common for cats to leave their young for periods of time, so mama may simply be off finding food, or perhaps she’s close by, waiting for you to leave (she may be scared of humans). Because of this, it’s important to keep your distance so the mother doesn’t feel threatened by your presence.
If you can’t watch and wait, but have to leave, evaluate the area for any threats to the kittens. As long as they’re warm and there are no predators, unfriendly humans, or heavy traffic near the area, the kittens should be safe on their own for a few hours.
If mama cat returns to take care of her litter, it’s best to leave the kittens in her care until they’re weaned. You can provide shelter and food to help the mother take care of her babies. (Make sure the shelter is at some distance from the food, or mama won’t use it, knowing that a food source could attract other cats to her nest.)
If the mother does not return, or if you’re worried that the kittens aren’t safe in their current situation, please call Greenhill at 541-689-1503. Our staff can help you determine whether the kittens need help and how to safely move them.
Want to Help?
Greenhill Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations. The generosity of our local community enables us to provide a high level of care to lost, abandoned and neglected animals while helping pet owners in need. There are many ways you can help us. Click here to learn more and to donate.
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