If You Find Baby Kittens
"Kitten season" lasts almost half the year in Florida. It is not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother.
Wait & Watch
Wait and watch to verify that mama has actually abandoned them and isn’t just off searching for food or in the process of moving them to a different location. Do not approach them, do not touch them, do not disturb them. If the kittens are healthy, clean and chubby, it is a good indication that the mother cat is nearby.
Stay far away from the kittens. You may need to go away completely before mama will return to her kittens. It might be several hours before the mother cat returns — until she no longer senses the presence of humans near her litter.
Mother Knows Best
Do not intervene unless the kittens are in immediate danger. Their best chance of survival is with their mother. You don’t want to create orphan kittens if they have a mother cat to care for them.
If you are willing and able to keep the kittens safe until they are old enough for our adoption program, you can register for our FREE Wait-til-8 program! Kittens are the most vulnerable population in animal shelters across the country. When kittens are too young for adoption, they are at great risk of illness and failure to thrive. Most shelters don’t have the resources to care for very young kittens. By keeping these little ones out of the shelter, you will help save their lives! The shelter can give you the supplies you need and offer as much support as possible, until the kittens are ready to join the adoption program.
You can bring the kitten(s) in every two-three weeks for a checkup and weigh-in. Deworming and vaccinations will be performed based on the age of the kittens. If you happen to find an adoptive family for the kitten(s), just let us know and we can work together to place the kitten in its new home.
If you know that the mother cat has died, or the kittens are in danger or are sick, and you are unable to help them, call 352-742-4640 for Animal Enforcement or 352-343-9688 to speak with a shelter representative. Before sending kittens to the shelter, please let us know they are on the way! Kittens that are too young for adoption shouldn’t spend very much time in the shelter. Giving us advance notice helps the shelter plan and try to find a foster home.