The kitten season is upon us . . . I am receiving many calls about tiny kitts having been ‘abandoned’ by their mums . . . ”I don’t know what to do with them. I haven’t the time. What can I do? Will you please take them?”
Unless you are certain that the mummy cat has met an untimely end, that she has been involved in an accident, then please, please leave the kittens exactly where you found them . . . for at least a day. Mummy may be searching for food, needing to stretch her legs, seeking a drink . . . feeding kittens is an exhausting job. I know from recent experience that kittens can survive for more than two days without food or drink . . . a clutch of 5 were abandoned recently in a paintshop at the Sanayi . . . their mother was involved in a road traffic accident while hunting for food. Two days later the kittens were indeed very hungry, but very much alive. I was fortunate in being able to find a milk mother, a foster mum, who is now feeding these kitts alongside her own.
Please, please give Mum a chance to return to her brood to resume her motherly activities . . . otherwise, unless you can find a milk mother, the chances of survival are slim indeed . . . and Mum will be mourning her loss . . .