When it comes to finding a litter of kittens, sometimes you can help save lives by NOT taking action.
Mother cats don’t often abandon their kittens, but they WILL leave them to search for food or to find a more suitable location to move the family.
If the kittens are not in any obvious danger, simply leave the area. Don’t hide nearby because the mother cat can still smell you and sense your presence. Check back in a few hours to see if the kittens have been moved and/or the mother has returned.
Keep in mind that kittens have the best chance of survival with their mother. If they look healthy and well cared for, leave them for the mother cat to raise.
Shelters and rescues are inundated every spring and summer with underage kittens brought in by well-meaning good samaritans. Please, if you see “abandoned” kittens, STOP. They’re probably just fine where they are.
May 5, 2018