We have compiled the best information on the web for animal lovers who need help.
While we would like to take an all cats and kittens that need help, we have limited space and resources. We always do our best to save as many as we can. Please call and leave us a message to request to bring cat(s) or kitten(s) into the program. If the cats are not in eminent danger and you can care for them safely for the immediate future, please complete our Waiting List Form. If you do not hear back from us, please call and leave a message. Someone will reply as soon as we are able.
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Before you act - Do the kittens look well cared for? If the kittens look clean, well fed (plump), and healthy, then you should wait for their mother cat to return. Leave the
kittens but make a note of where they are and check back as discreetly as you can every few hours. Mother cat will leave her kittens in a safe place while she is foraging for food. If you do not see her, it is because she is either out getting food or she heard you coming and is hiding from you. Kittens should not be separated from mothers if possible. If you confirm the mother cat is caring for the kittens it is best to trap and rescue them together. Nobody provides better care to kittens than a mother cat, and if mother cat is unexpectedly separated from her kittens it will cause stress and trauma. Once you have confirmed a mother cat and kitten family, you can contact your local cat rescues and they will help you trap the entire family together.
Act IMMEDIATELY if the kittens are dirty, filthy, and appear emaciated and starved. Mother cat did not come back for a long period of time (i.e. a day) or you have confirmed mother cat is not coming back (i.e. you saw mother cat take her kittens with her and deliberately leave one behind, or you saw/know that mother cat has died) -The kitten(s) have injuries or other life-threatening conditions that require immediate intervention such as wounds or severe infection -There is about to be a weather emergency (hurricane, storm, blizzard) that could be fatal to the kittens
The FIRST thing you should do once you have rescued kittens is provide HEAT. Kittens under four weeks old cannot regulate their own body temperature. Nothing is more deadly to a baby kitten than hypothermia. If you have nothing else to provide, you can provide a heating pad, or microwave rice in a sock while you contact your local cat rescues and that already can save their life. Do not ever attempt to feed a cold kitten.
If you decide you wish to provide basic care: Kittens under five weeks old need kitten milk replacer - KMR. Consult the video and online resources below on how you can bottle feed or syringe feed kittens. Use "KMR" ONLY. Do not attempt to feed a kitten with human formula, puppy formula, "home remedies", etc. -Kittens under four weeks old cannot eliminate waste without assistance. Consult video and online resources below on how to stimulate a kitten. Use a toilet paper or a baby wipe, do not use a rough towel or paper towels because it will hurt their skin. -Do NOT bathe a kitten unless it is absolutely and utterly filthy, covered in fleas, etc. A wet kitten will chill quickly. If you must bath, please dry immediately and then move to a heat source. Kittens with a moderate amount of dirt can
be cleaned with baby wipes or damp, soft rags. Again, dry off immediately and move to a heat source. You can remove fleas with a flea comb. Drown fleas in a mix of water and dish soap. -To guess a kitten's age (useful information for cat rescues), consult the chart here The Kitten Lady's website where you can find relevant text articles (with photos) about basic kitten information and care.
The following videos give relevant information on kittens and basic care.
Spaying and neutering is absolutely vital to reduce populations in kill shelters and to help our pets live healthy, happy lives but sometimes finding the resources to get these surgeries can seem hard. Whether you need to get your own pet or cats you have found spayed/neutered, there are lots of resources to help.
Most of the vouchers will cover spay or neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccines and ear crop. Each website has their own list of participating vets and clinic that will accept their voucher. Any other services requested of the participating veterinarian will be at your expense. Once you have received the voucher, make an appointment with the veterinary practice or clinic. Then you can make plans to trap the cat, if it is feral, prior to the appointment. Be aware that spaces for feral spays fill up fast and it may be weeks before you are able to get an appointment.
If you are dealing with a feral cat, once you have the appointment, you will need a plan to trap the cat. There are a few places where you can rent traps. Cat Angels rents traps with a $25 fully refundable cash deposit (on return of the trap). In the meantime, start or continue to feed and set a feeding schedule with the cat. This simply means feeding him/her at the same time every day so that you can predict when she will be around. This makes the trapping process 100% easier. You can feed wet food or kibble either one. After the surgery, she will need to be held inside (a garage or spare bedroom) for 2 days and then released. If it is a male cat, he can be released the next morning after surgery or as directed by the veterinarian. She will continue to come to you for food. Since her ear is tipped, Animal Control will know that she has been spayed and had vaccinations.
If you are not interested in a voucher, the vets on the list below can be contacted directly. The steps would remain the same. Feed the cat on a schedule, set an appointment and then trap it the day before the appointment. You would hold the cat for 48 hours post-surgery and then release it. If it is a male cat, he can be released the next morning after surgery or as directed by the veterinarian. You would continue to feed him/her as the caretaker. All of these vets will require that the feral or community cat arrive for the appointment in the humane trap. If you need assistance with the trapping or working through the process, Cat Angels is happy to help coach you. Call 919-463-9586 and leave a message indicating that you read this article online and need additional help.