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                                           Help!

                                                                I Found A Kitten!

                                                                                                                                                                     .....now what?

Scoop it up, or leave it be?

How to tell if immediate help is needed, or if it's best to come back with a plan

How to tell if Mom is nearby

Keep it WARM!


Warmth is BEST way to help a kitten!

Quick, easy, and safe ways to provide an appropriate heat source

Kibble, can, or bottle?


When, what, and how to feed based on age and condition

Options for feeding newborns in a pinch

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Whether you want to keep, foster, or hand the kitten off, find answers, options, and advice

 

Assess the Situation

When to Intervene

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Scoop it up, or leave it be?

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Is the kitten in immediate danger from traffic, predators, or another unsafe situation?

Are there extreme weather conditions currently or soon that will harm the kitten?

Is the kitten cold, dirty, wet, sick, or injured?

Has Mom been seen in the area?

Is Mom Around?

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How to tell if Mom's nearby:

Kittens are warm, clean, fluffy, and well groomed

Kittens have nice round bellies and appear well fed

Kittens have a nice den or hiding spot and are relatively safe

Adult cats have been spotted frequently in the area or visiting den

Why it's best to stay with Mom:

Survival rates are higher for kittens with Mom

Mom will instinctually care for them in most cases

Mom provides needed nutrients and helps build immune system by nursing

Mom teaches social and survival skills

Leaving kittens with Mom and forming a plan allows for rescue or TNR of Mom and other area cats as well, controlling population

Additional unspotted kittens won't be left behind if Mom is scared off

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Scoop or Plan?

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Forming A Plan

If you decided it's best to leave the kitten there and form a plan to come back prepared, contact us for help and options while we are adding content to our site.

If you decided to scoop the kitten up and take it with you, see sections below for basic info on how to get through the first 24 hours caring for the kitten and options for seeking help from a local organization.

 

Warm it Up

Warm it Up

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Always provide a heat source

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No matter the kitten age or condition, it is always good practice to provide a safe heat source until you know more about the kitten's needs

Newborn (or Neonate) kittens (like the one to the left) are dependent on an external source of heat, as they cannot yet regulate their body temperature.  Left in a regular room temperature (or lower) environment, they will become hypothermic and perish.

Human body warmth is NOT sufficient long term, but will do in an emergency until additional warmth can be provided.

Heat Source Options

Quick, Easy, & Readily Available Options

Some examples of heat sources include:

A Heating Pad placed on low or medium setting (be aware of timer auto-shut offs!)

A sock full of dry white rice and microwaved (warm but not hot)

A HotHands disposable hand warmer

Heat Lamp for chickens or reptiles

Human body heat (only use when no other option is available, as kittens need to stay warmer than human temperature!)

ALWAYS MONITOR CLOSELY TO PREVENT SEVERE TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS

SET A TIMER TO REMIND YOU TO RESET HEAT SOURCE!

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Thermostat

Wiggle room

instinctive temperature control

Its normal for kittens to scoot or crawl around to find the perfectly warm spot.

Its important to provide space for kittens to move away from the heat source if they get too hot

Signs a kitten is too hot:

open mouth panting or gasping

keeps moving away from heat

kitten is stretched out with limbs extended

siblings are spread out, not snuggled together

 

Feed It

What, When, and How to Feed

Feeding Newborn Kitten

What to feed?

Kibble, Canned food, or Formula?   Link here?

Use this quick guide to tell what you should feed the kitten, and where you can get it in a hurry!

While we add resources to our page, in short it's always best to feed bottle babies kitten milk replacer formula available at most stores, but as a last resort you can use goat's milk (NEVER cow milk) or a small amount (a few drops at a time) of sugar water or karo syrup to keep blood sugar up in an emergency.  If you are doing this please seek immediate help from a vet or organization for the well being of the baby!

If a kitten is big enough and strong enough to eat on it's own, its ok to feed any brand of cat food (kibble or canned) that the kitten will eat temporarily, but still seek help on appropriate diet long term.

When to feed?

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Easy guide to tell you how much you should expect the kitten to eat, and how many times a day, based on the kitten's approximate age and appearance.

While we add resources, in short, self-feeding kittens should have unlimited access to food.  Bottle babies should be fed every 2 hours until you are able to confirm age and condition.  This will help you determine proper feeding schedule and amount per feeding they should eat.

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How do I Feed It?

Step-by-Step guide for any age  Link here?

Some kittens will dig right in without assistance, others need some encouragement, or too young or weak to eat on their own.  Use this guide to help the kitten get those important first few meals while you form a plan!

Also what supplies you may need and household items you can substitute in a pinch.

While we add resources, in short, if a kitten can eat on it's own, let it.  Self-feeding kittens should have unlimited access to food.  Bottle babies can be challenging, it's always best to seek help if you're inexperienced, but if you find yourself trying in a pinch, go slow and monitor breathing.  It's always best to offer small amounts more frequently, and seek help asap!

 

Get Help

There are lots of resources available

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URGENT Situations

Get help for a kitten in crisis ASAP

SEEK VET HELP!

Options available locally for getting help for a kitten in an emergency

More content available soon as we add resources, for now submit a Found Kitten Assessment Form for help!

I want to keep the kitten, but need help getting started

Options and Resources

Good deeds shouldn't mean you're on your own!  Explore ways to get advice and support here for your newly found kitten to get the best start!

PPAR is here to help ensure sucess of the kitten, and will not take custody of the kitten unless you request it!

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I don't plan to keep the kitten, but can help by caring for it temporarily

Join our Foster Team temporarily or permanently

If you've found a kitten and are interested in helping our organization by fostering it, find out more about the process and options using this link:

Learn about and sign up to foster!

I found a kitten, but it can't stay with me

Options for moving the kitten to appropriate care asap

Find local options for providing the kitten with a safe and positive outcome, with arrangements made as quickly as possible

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Found Kitten Assessment Form

Submit this form to us for quick response

Please remember although we do want to help, we are all volunteers with jobs and responsibilities outside of the organization, so you may not get an immediate answer, but we'll always follow up with you asap!  Please be patient, use info from our resources above, and don't hesitate to seek help from a vet or other organization also!

This form is to help us gather details about the kitten and help you help the kitten.  This form does not commit you or us to any particular course of action.  It is only an assessment tool, and each outcome will depend on individual circumstances.  Answering honestly and in detail will allow us to best help in the quickest way!

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