Don't Kit-Nap Kittens! - Prairie Paws


Oct 13, 2018 News Comments are off

Remember if you find neonate kittens (under 4 weeks) don’t scoop them up. That’s a common mistake people make. Odds are the Mother is around and can be gone up to 8 hours. Best chance for those kittens to survive in regard to health is to let the Mom take care of them until they are ready to eat on their own. Mom is probably hunting for food or a safer nest. Watch the kittens from afar for a few hours to see if mom returns. Sadly, kittens are unlikely to survive if brought to the shelter without mom. While we know it can be troubling to see tiny kittens outdoors, always remember – Mom knows best! Most likely they are not abandoned. Mom is out hunting or getting some much needed me time.

It is estimated that over 20 million kittens are born during this time. If you are interested in fostering bottle babies (2-3 weeks old and need to be fed every 2 – 3 hours) or kittens (older than 3 weeks) that are not quite ready to hit the adoption floor because their immune systems need to still grow big and strong send us an email at We NEED fosters to care for the kittens in their homes because their immune systems are not ready to tackle shelter life.

Any donation of heating pads and kitten feeding bottles is greatly appreciated.

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