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I Found A Kitten or Litter of Kittens

When you find a litter of kittens, you may assume that they are abandoned. But remember, their mom can’t call for take-out - she needs to go find food to feed them. Kittens less than 7 weeks of age should be left with their mom, unless they are seriously ill or injured. Click below for a link to a great tool from our friends at the ASPCA to help determine the best approach when you find kittens, or read below for more details.

All animals are being accepted by appointment (urgent appointments are available when needed). Please call 519-966-5751 for more information or to book an appointment.

Fees to Drop Off a Litter of Kittens

Windsor, Essex, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Kingsville, LaSalle, and Amherstburg: No charge
Leamington, & Pelee: $30

 

These fees help offset our costs, however, no animal in need will be turned away because the finder cannot afford to pay.

The first step in deciding what to do is to determine the age of the kittens:

I’ve found a seriously injured or ill kitten

Even if the mom is around, it may be necessary to remove a seriously ill or injured young kitten. A sick or injured kitten can be brought to the the Humane Society from 8am to 6pm daily (please call 519-966-5751 first so we are expecting you), or we may be able to pick them up outside those hours. Our medical staff will assess the kitten, and make treatment decisions. You may also take the kitten to a veterinarian yourself, but the vet will expect you to pay for treatment, even though the kitten isn’t yours.

I’ve found a litter of kittens less than 5 weeks old

**Click here for a helpful guide on determining age.

 

Is their mom around, or have you seen an adult cat nearby? Cat mothers have to leave their kittens at times to seek food, but this doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming back. Chances are good that she’s somewhere nearby. She won’t necessarily abandon the babies just because they have been disturbed, although she will often try to relocate them if she feels they are in danger. Kittens’ best chance at growing up healthy is with their mom, so ensure that you don’t remove them unless you are sure that mom is really gone. If mom isn’t used to people, she won’t come back as long as people are in the area. Even the best foster care program is no substitute for a mother cat’s care. Taking kittens away from their mothers too young can have consequences for health and behaviour in both the short and long term. If the kittens are warm, clean, and chubby chances are good mom is caring for them; if the kittens are cold, thin, or dirty they may need help.

If you find a litter of kittens less than 5 weeks old, the very BEST thing to do is watch and wait for mom to come back and if she does, make sure she has food and shelter until the kittens are old enough to be adopted. Please do not bring in kittens younger than 6-7 weeks of age. It is far better for them to stay with mom, and during that time, start handling them so they get used to and comfortable with people.

 

If you are sure that mom has been killed or is not coming back, please contact us at 519-966-5751 to arrange to bring the kittens in to care. Remember – this is a last resort when kittens are truly orphaned. Healthy kittens should never be taken from their mom intentionally before they are weaned.

 

In order to help baby kittens get to a point where they are eating on their own you can pick up a starter kit of formula, bottles, and a guide to raising baby kittens. We will provide more formula as needed, and when they are old enough we will arrange a date and time with you to bring them to the Humane Society.

I’ve found a litter of kittens that are 5-7 weeks old

**Click here for a helpful guide on determining age.

Is their mom around, or have you seen an adult cat nearby? Cat mothers have to leave their kittens at times to seek food, but this doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming back. Chances are good that she’s somewhere nearby. If mom isn’t used to people, she won’t come back as long as people are in the area. Taking kittens away from their mothers too young can have consequences for health and behaviour in both the short and long term.

If you find a litter of kittens that are 5-7 weeks old, make sure they and their mom have food and shelter. During this time, start handling the kittens as much as possible so they get used to and comfortable with people. Please call us at 519-966-5751 to schedule a date and time to bring the kittens in, and to talk about the options to get mom spayed (or placed up for adoption if she’s friendly).

If you are sure that mom has been killed or is not coming back, please contact us at 519-966-5751 to arrange to bring the kittens in immediately. Remember – this is a last resort when kittens are truly orphaned. Healthy kittens should never be taken from their mom intentionally before they are weaned.

I’ve found a kitten(s) who is 8 weeks or older

**Click here for a helpful guide on determining age.

If kittens are friendly, and over 8 weeks of age, please call us at 519-966-5751 to schedule a date and time to bring the kittens in, and to talk about the options to have mom (if she’s around) spayed or placed up for adoption.

If the kittens are not friendly, and about 8-12 weeks of age, please call us at 519-966-5751 to talk about the options for them. These may include spaying or neutering and returning them, or attempting to socialize them for adoption.

After 3-4 months, kittens will have a much harder time acclimating to humans. TNR is an appropriate option for older kittens who are not socialized to humans. The cost to have the cat fixed at the Humane Society’s spay/neuter clinic is only $50, and by fixing the cat you will reduce future nuisance behaviours and prevent the birth of more kittens. Please call us at 519-966-1118 for more information about how to borrow a trap and arrange surgery. Feral kittens can be very stressed by coming in to a shelter, so the best option is to bring them to our clinic for same day surgery. 

If taking the kittens for spay and neuter yourself isn’t an option, please give us a call at 519-966-5751 to talk about booking a time to bring the kittens in to the Humane Society. Trapped feral kittens over 12 weeks of age who are brought into the Humane Society as strays will be assessed for adoption, but most often will be altered, microchipped, vaccinated, and returned to the area they came from.