June 21st
What to Do If You Find a Litter of Kittens

Wondering what to do if you find a litter of kittens? It is important that you don’t kitt-nap the kittens! First, quietly observe the kittens from a safe distance to determine if the mother is present. If the kittens are clean, quiet, plump, in good condition and sleeping in a heap, then they are likely being cared for by their mom. In that case, you should leave them there and monitor them. Their mom is likely out looking for food and will be back.

If the kittens are crying, distressed, restless, skinny, injured and/or look ill, these kittens likely need intervention. First, monitor them and observe them for eight hours to see if their mom comes back. If she hasn’t returned in that time, please give your local humane society or rescue a call.

If at any time you sense the kittens are in danger while you’re observing them and waiting for their mom to come back, you can move them to a safe area nearby where the mother can still find them. Place them in a sheltered area that is away from direct sun, rain or traffic, and continue to watch for their mother.

Check out this helpful graphic:

Litter of kitten guide

It is best to leave kittens with their mothers for care until they are eight weeks old. At eight weeks old, we can take the kittens and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) their mom. Our TNR program helps control the overpopulation of feral and stray cats within our communities. Through our TNR program, these community cats are trapped, sterilized (spayed or neutered), vaccinated, micro-chipped, ear-tipped (the universal symbol for a sterilized cat) and then returned to the location where they were trapped. You can find out more about our TNR program here: https://kwsphumane.ca/services/trap-neuter-return