Officials with Pima Animal Care Center are advising those good Samaritans that want to help those 'abandoned' kittens, please don't.
"Newborn and infant kittens require specialized, around-the-clock care, and at this time we do not have the resources needed to care for them more than a few hours in our shelter," said Justin Gallick, PACC's director of community engagement, in a recent release. "In most situations, staying with their mothers offers them the best chance at survival."
PACC is encouraging the public to leave those kittens where they are, as mother cats rarely abandon their young, they do leave for long periods of time to care for themselves and may only come home to nurse. Officials are offering a few basic steps to ensure those kittens are truly on their own before bringing them to PACC. They include waiting, observing from a safe distance with infrequent checking (so as to not alarm the mother cat) and assessing for immediate danger.
Here are a few things to consider when finding kittens:
- If there is a single kitten or two, it is possible that the mother is in the process of relocating them. She can only move them one at a time in her mouth.
- If the kittens’ bellies are rounded and feel warm/full, then their mother has recently fed them.
- If the kittens appear sick (i.e. eye and/or respiratory infections, diarrhea) they may need to be removed from their mother’s care for treatment.
For more information on what to do and not to do when finding kittens, as well as getting information on volunteering to foster kittens click here.
PACC also offers assistance to get free-roaming cats in yards or neighborhoods spayed and neutered. Please contact PACC's Community Cats Project with Best Friends Animal Society at (520) 820-4492 or email email@example.com to learn more.