Kitten Season is here,
Got Kittens?

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What is Kitten Season?

Kitten season is a seasonal increase in kittens being born in the community. This typically starts early spring and lasts into Fall/Winter. It can vary in length depending on your local climate. Milder climates like ours have a very long kitten season!

Learn how you can help cats and kittens in your community 
See video below

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Found kittens?

Don’t pick them up and take them away to a care center! Mom is likely close by and watching. Kittens have the best chance at survival when raised by their moms. It is critical that they stay with mom! Each year, our care centers are faced with thousands of kittens taken away from their moms and being brought in from the community. This is far more than our capacity to care for them. Not all kittens need our help. If the kittens appear clean, healthy, with full bellies, mom is caring for them.

Please check out our FAQ section for more information on how to help kittens you have found
What is kitten season?

Kitten season is a seasonal increase in kittens being born in the community. This typically starts early spring and lasts into Fall/Winter. It can vary in length depending on your local climate. Milder climates like ours have a very long kitten season!

Learn how you can help cats and kittens in your community 
See video below

I have found an injured or ill kitten, what do I do?

Injured or ill kittens need immediate help from a local veterinary clinic or one of our animal care centers. To bring an injured or ill kitten to one of our animal care centers, please call 5629406898 or 661-940-4191

I have found a healthy kitten, what do I do?

  • A: Mom is likely taking great care of them. If kittens and mom are healthy, it is best to let mom continue to care for them and have them all spayed or neutered when the kittens are old enough.
  • A: If you have the ability, please consider temporarily taking the kittens into your home as a foster caregiver and find them a loving home for adoption when they are ready. The best time to remove kittens from their mom, if you are intending to foster them, is between 4 and 7 weeks of age when they are stronger and able to eat on their own but are still within their socialization period to become friendly with people
  • A: Check out the FAQ “How else can I help community cats in my area?  and “I want to foster or adopt these kittens I have found, what do I do?” for more helpful information. 

I found kittens without a mom, what do I do?

  • A: Are you sure these kittens don’t have a mom? Mom may be out finding food or waiting for you to leave, so we recommend you leave the kittens where they are and periodically check to see if mom returns in a few hours. If you have concerns about the kittens’ safety, move them to a safe location nearby where mom can still find them. (Don’t be surprised if mom has started moving her kittens somewhere else by the time you return!) 
  • If you don’t think these kittens have a mom, and you cannot periodically return to check on the kittens, you can use this helpful guide to determine whether this kitten needs your help based on their current condition. 
  • If you have found kittens who are truly orphaned, they will need a foster home, and that could be you! Please check out the FAQ “I want to foster or adopt these kittens I have found, what do I do?” for more information. Sadly, we do not have enough foster homes for all the kittens who need them, and we do not have the resources to care for such vulnerable kittens in our care centers. If you are unable to foster these kittens, please contact us at 562-940-6898 or 661-940-4191. 

How old is this kitten I found?

I want to foster or adopt these kittens I have found, what do I do?

  • A: If you have found orphan kittens that need help, foster them until 8 weeks of age and find them fur-ever homes. All of the information you need to know on how to care for kittens can be found on kitten lady’s website including supplies needed, feeding instructions, socialization and how to find adopters: www.kittenlady.org 
  • If you have found kittens with a mom, it is best to let them stay with mom until they are about 5 weeks of age when they can eat on their own and are still in their socialization window to become friendly with humans. 
  • If you need assistance with foster supplies, we can help! Contact us or visit your local animal care center. 
  • Don’t forget to spay and neuter the kittens at 8 weeks of age before they go to their new home! For a list of spay/neuter clinics in Los Angeles, see the resources section below. 

How else can I help community cats in my area?

  • A: Help community cats in your area by joining a local TNR group!  Spaying and neutering community cats will limit kitten mortality, decrease nuisance behaviors such as yowling and spraying and minimize suffering. See our resources list below for local spay/neuter services. Please also visit the following links for much more information regarding community cats and how you can help them: 
  • ASPCA – A Closer Look at Community Cats:  community cat overview, including how to decrease the amount of kittens born outside and how to care for the cats in your community  
  • Kitten Lady Webinar – Feral Felines and Kittens Found Outdoors: step by step guide to what to do if you find kittens, featuring how to help kittens and the mom cat 
  • Alley Cat Allies – How to Live with Cats in Your Neighborhood:  featuring ways to manage common issues neighbors may have with community cats 

Helpful Local Resources

Los Angeles Spay/Neuter resources: 

  • Foster supplies: We can help!Contact us
  • Search for free or low-cost pet support services like veterinary care, pet food pantries, temporary pet care and more:https://pets.findhelp.com/
  • DACC Support Services:Pets are Familyincluding spay/neuter vouchers and Good Neighbor Cat Services
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