You find a kitten on the streets. Alone, meowing, without mom around. I know that the urge to take this little ball of fur with you is big. But before you do that, it’s important to know about this…
Don’t Take Kittens Home Right Away
Don’t kittens you have found suddenly home with you. It’s important to find out if the mother isn’t around. Maybe she’s looking for food and might be gone for a while. This means that if the kittens are calm and feel warm, the mother is probably around, keeping an eye out. Kittens need their mom! Do the kittens feel cold, wet, are they restless and do they have puss in their eyes? Contact an organisation/shelter who is working and specialized with stray/feral cats.
Try to guess how old the kittens are, and if there is a possibility that you can weight them, so you can compare them with the pictures in this post: How To Determine A Kittens Age.
Those pictures and tips are used to help, but every situation can be different. Kittens from a domestic, not stay mother cat need to stay with her as long as possible. But about 8 to 12 weeks. If it’s about a tame, but stray cat, it’s best to bring the mother and kittens to a shelter together.
Use these tips in combination with the pictures you can find in the link above.
New Born Kittens
New born kittens need to be kept warm right away, with either a warmth-pillow/pitcher or using a heat lamp.
Note: Is mom moving the kittens? You may need Colostrum.
1 Week Old Kittens
Those kittens also need to be kept warm with a heat lamp, warmth-pillow/pitchers as well. They need replacement powdermilk every two hours. The cats should weight around 150 grams.
Note: Their mother might be gone looking for food
10 Days Old
Need to be kept warm right away and need replacement powdermilk every two hours.
Note: Give the mother cat and the kittens the rest they need.
2 weeks Old
The eyes are open, but their ears aren’t completely up yet. The kittens are crawling and peeping. They also need to be kept warm right away. They also need their first start in socialization (friendly contact).
Note: Kittens sleep a lot. For stray cats, their mother might be looking for food.
3 Weeks Old
Ears are up completely now. They need about 300/350 grams of replacement powdermilk every three hours. And they need to be kept warm.
Note: Mother cat will leave their kittens alone more often so she can go looking for food because she needs more nutrients.
4 Weeks Old
The kittens will take their first steps from the nest and eat their first bites of food (weaning starts).
Note: Kittens of a feral cat still need mother milk. Mother cat also bring dead prey to the nest. Keep an eye out on the place where the kittens are walking without disturbing the mother so she won’t leave her kittens.
5 Weeks Old
The kittens still have blue eyes and they should weight around 500-600 gram. Transition slowly from mothermilk to food. The kittens are walking around more and are in contact with their surroundings. Make sure it’s safe. Friendly contact is very important during their socialization.
Note: Estimate the situation with an organization.
6-7 Weeks Old
The eyes are in their true color now. The kittens eat by their own.
Note: Kittens from stray/feral cats; this is an important time for human contact. Estimate the situation with an organization.
Have you ever find a stray kitten?