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It is not unusual, especially between spring and summer, to come across one litter of kittens apparently abandoned by their mother, and in that case it is perfectly normal to have the instinct to help them in some way. If you want to know what to do if you find gods abandoned kittens read here, we will give you some important information.
Unfortunately the abandonment of cats it is a very widespread phenomenon both in Italy and in the rest of the world, and it is closely connected to that of the uncontrolled straying of these animals. Let's find out together what is the best thing to do to try to help them.
Waiting for mother cat
First try to understand if the mother cat intends to return to her kittens or they have been orphaned. For the moment, keep a safe distance from the kittens: if you are too close, the mother will never come back. It may be hours before she stops feeling your presence around you.
If you need to leave before you give the mother a chance to return, carefully consider whether there are kittens in immediate danger: is it raining or snowing? Are there any dogs or other animals that roam free in those parts? Are there any children or adults who could harm them? Are the kittens located in an area with high pedestrian or car traffic?
To help you decide it is important to know that it may take several hours for the mother to return, and healthy kittens can survive without food during this time as long as they stay. warm. Newborn kittens are much more at risk of hypothermia than starvation. In spring and summer, waiting for their mom to return is much safer than in the colder months.
The mother guarantees the puppies the best chance of survival and the best nourishment for them is breast milk, so wait and see as much as you can. Move kittens away from where they are only if they are in immediate and serious danger.
If the mother returns and the area is relatively safe, leave the kittens with her until they are weaned. Can you offer a shelter and food to the mother, but keep the two at a distance: she will not accept a den with food nearby, because she will think it attracts the presence of other animals.
If the mother doesn't come back
Before taking the kittens with you because it is clear that the mother will not return, make sure that you are able to take care of them, even economically. In the event that it is not possible to adopt them, it is good to notify the Traffic Police so that they contact a cattery in this regard: all stray cats, in fact, are technically property and responsibility of the Municipality.
If you decide to adopt the kittens, keep in mind that the mother may have abandoned them because they are deformed or seriously ill, so they will need to a medical examination as soon as possible, even if only for a preliminary examination and pesticide treatments.
In bringing it into your home even before going to the vet it is advisable to keep the kittens away from any other animals, to avoid the risk of spreading infectious diseases. Another priority is to re-establish or maintain the right body temperature: hot water bags, blankets or heating lamps for animals can be useful for this purpose.
The Power supply: kittens must eat often and regularly in order not to risk even fatal health problems. For the first month of life, the only nourishment must be milk: in this article we talked about which milk to give to kittens, providing all the necessary information on how to choose the right one for them.
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