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If You See, Leave ’em Be!
When outdoors, you may come across a litter of nursing kittens. But please resist your instinct to scoop them up and “save them.” Because chances are, the mother is taking very good care of them already and the kittens REALLY need their mother until at least 6 weeks old. A kitten’s chances of survival are greater, the longer he or she stays with his or her mother. If you have any questions on a litter of kittens you see, please contact us before bringing them in, so we can guide you to the right course of action.
Charleston Animal Society’s foster coordinators can help you step-by-step with everything you need to save the kittens. When the kittens are old enough, we will need your help trapping them (we have traps you can borrow) — so they can be brought in for spay or neuter surgery. Thank you for being so caring toward our feline community!
Bottle Feeding Kittens
When you find kittens out on walks, remember that most times they are doing just fine in the care of their mother and do not need human intervention — as we say, “If you see, leave ’em be.”
But if you do not see the mother after six hours of observation or the kittens feel cold to the touch, human intervention may be needed. This video shows you how to properly bottle feed a kitten. Charleston Animal Society’s foster program can help determine the best course of action and provide supplies. Please Click Here for a feeding-weight chart to help keep track of progress.
Our foster program is always looking for people who can devote the time and caring needed for neonatal kittens, we call them our “Emergency Kitten Technician” or “EKT!” Please let our team know if this is something you would like to help with.