FAQs about kittens



Kittens are some of the most at-risk pets in shelters because they require intensive around-the-clock care, and many shelters don’t have the resources or staff to provide that level of care. 


Found a kitten? 

Make certain the kitten is truly abandoned. Each year, thousands of kittens are born outdoors to free-roaming cats. In some cases, the kitten’s mom may simply be away temporarily. If the kittens are sleeping and appear clean and fed, there's a good chance they're not abandoned. Mom just isn't around. Abandoned kittens will be dirty, hungry and crying continuously.

Keep the kitten warm.
Use a heating pad on the lowest setting and wrapping the kitten in towels is your best bet.

Feeding and after-feeding care
Newborn kittens require round-the-clock feeding and must be adequately warm in order to digest food. Cow's milk is ultimately harmful to kittens, so a nursing kit and kitten formula (available at pet supply stores) is recommended. After the meal, burping and wiping is necessary for kittens four weeks and under.


Click here for more details on how to care for an abandoned kitten.

•  Emergency kitten formula recipes

•  Check out the “caring for your foster kittens” page and the Kitten Foster Care Handbook



If you are unable to care for the kitten or find someone to help, your last resort is to take the kitten to an animal shelter. Contact your local veterinarian to help ensure the kitten's survival. 



Found an ear-tipped cat?

This identifies the animal as have already been spayed or neutered. It generally means the cat is part of a known colony with a caregiver and does not need to be trapped again for additional surgery.