Found kittens

I Found a Litter of Kittens – NOW What Do I Do?

In most cases, if you find a litter of kittens without a mother, they are NOT abandoned. Mom is simply not there at the moment and will return to continue caring for them. She may be hunting for food perhaps or hiding nearby, waiting for you to leave. Disturbing the nest can cause the mother to move them, which may not be in the kittens’ best interest. Unless you feel the kittens are in immediate danger, please leave them be.

If you feel you must monitor the situation for safety reasons:

  1. Monitor from afar–no touching the kittens or disturbing the nest.
  2. Do not separate kittens younger than 4-5 weeks old from their mother. This can be harmful to their wellbeing. A kitten’s mother is the best possible caregiver.
  3. Check on the litter (from a distance) every 2-2.5 hours. Our Do’s & Don’ts will help you assess the situation correctly.
  4. After 4-6 hours of monitoring, and there’s no sight of the mother, give our staff at Forgotten Felines a call Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at (707) 576-7999 and we can advise you on next steps regarding this little family.


– Sonoma County Animal Care and Control: (707) 565-7100. Open Tues-Sat.
– Rohnert Park Animal Shelter: (707) 584-1582. Open Wed-Sun.
– North Bay Animal Services: (707) 778-4396. Open Tues-Sat.
– Healdsburg Animal Shelter: (707) 431-3386. Open 7 days a week.
– Pets Lifeline: (707) 996-4577. Open Tues-Sat.
– Sonoma County Humane Society: (707) 542-0882. Open 7 days a week.
– Holistic Animal Care Center (707) 584-4343. Open Mon-Fri
– Petaluma PETpals (707) 769-2199.
– Dogwood Animal Rescue @dogwoodanimalrescue


– PetCare Emergency Services (707) 579-5900 or 579-3900.
– Redwood Veterinary Hospital (707) 542-4012.

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