Everyone loves kittens! Therefore, it’s safe to say you would help any kittens you found in the neighborhood. However, we need your help before you begin taking action. Please consider the following: all kittens have mothers, and their mothers are their best caregivers. She provides lifesaving milk, fends off predators, and keeps her little ones warm. Kittens should only be removed if it is warranted. So, when is it appropriate to move or remove kittens?
- If the kittens appear sick or injured: Carefully transport them to a local veterinarian or bring them to VCAS for care.
- If kittens are located in a dangerous place (i.e., near a busy street): Gently move them, along with their nesting area if they have one, to a safer place nearby so their mother can easily find them. Keep an eye on them to make sure mama cat returns.
- If mama cat is permanently gone: Before you take action on an unguarded group of kittens, observe them from a distance. If mama cat has not returned from hunting within 6-8 hours, you can either care for her kittens on your own as a Good Samaritan (caretaker), or you can bring them to VCAS to be placed into Foster Care. To give you a jump start on your kitten journey, we have created KITTEN STARTER KITS available at no cost!
- If kittens are older than 4 weeks: These kittens are now old enough to eat solid food and will benefit from human socialization so they can be adopted out to a loving family.
As a Good Samaritan, you can either find the kittens good homes on your own or you can contact VCAS for assistance. Visit www.kittenlady.org/pickingadopters for helpful tips on finding loving homes for your kittens.
- Kittens who are 8 weeks or older should be spayed/neutered before being adopted out. Visit www.vcas.us/communitycats to view a list of local organizations who may be able to provide no-cost or low-cost spay/neuter services.
- Please visit www.kittenlady.org/orphaned-1 for helpful tips on how to socialize your kittens, if needed.
- Some kittens (older than 8 weeks), may not easily become socialized and will often remain feral. But don’t worry, these cats will always have a place in our community!
- Visit www.vcas.us/communitycats to learn about the TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program and our Working Whiskers program.
Financial Responsibility – If you choose to be the Good Samaritan (caregiver), please be aware that you will be financially responsible for any costs associated with the care of the kittens.
Thank you so much for caring about cats and kittens in need! If you have any questions or need assistance in any way, please call us at (805) 388-4341. Experienced staff members are standing by!
Ventura County Animal Services
Please visit www.vcas.us/i-found-a-cat if you found an adult cat.