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Finding a Litter of Kittens

Kitten Season is Coming
Posted on 04/25/2020
Kittens several weeks oldMany shelters and humane societies across the nation are preparing for Kitten Season. If you are not familiar with the term, Kitten Season is when there is a drastic increase in the number of kittens being born in the year.  This occurs when the weather is warmer and is from late spring, through the summer and into early fall.

It is not uncommon to find that a mother cat may select your property as a prime spot for her nursery. You may discover a litter of kittens in your yard but no mother. While it is important to make sure the kittens are safe, it is imperative not to panic and to properly assess the situation. If possible, observe the situation from a distance. The mother cat may be around but could be avoidant of people. It is also common for mother cats to leave their young to search for food. She could be gone for several hours before she returns.

If the kittens appear to be in harm’s way, then they should be moved but left in the general vicinity of where they were found. This will make it much easier for the mother cat to find them.

Give the mother cat some time to return. If 4-5 hours have passed and there has been no sign of her then the kittens should be taken to a local shelter, humane society or cat rescue.  However, some facilities may not be accepting intakes due to their current COVID-19 procedures. It is always best to call ahead to determine which facilities can accept kittens.

If you discover a litter of kittens in Aurora and require additional advice, please call us at 303.326.8280.
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