What is the condition of the kitten(s)? If the kittens seem well cared for it is very likely that mom is nearby. Unless the kittens are in immediate danger, avoid handling them. Do not stand next to the kittens while waiting for mom to return, you're likely keeping mom away from her kittens. Keep watch from a distance for at least 4 hours.
It is always best to contact a rescue group if kittens are spotted outside, the goal is always to keep the family together. Contacting a rescue can get a team into action for trapping mom.
If mom has not come back n 4-6 hours the neonatal kittens start to be at risk. It's best to have the rescue care for the kittens and continue to attempt trapping/locating mom.
Trapping mom ensures that she is spayed and will no longer contribute to the over population problem.
If kittens are in immediate danger, it is important to secure them and bring them to safety. Please contact us or a local rescue organization for guidance.
The kittens are sick or injured, the kittens are emaciated, extreme weather conditions, they are at risk of predators, mother has not been back in over 6 hours.
Touching the kittens or moving them if not necessary puts them at greater risk. As much as we can provide supplementation for the kittens, we are no match for the care a mama cat can provide.
Our goal is to safety secure the entire family whenever possible, this way the mom can be spayed and never have to worry about having any more kittens.
If mom is sadly not available, we have the tools and knowledge to care for neonatal kittens. Or we try to match them with another nursing queen in care.
The ultimate goal of our rescue is to reduced the feline overpopulation issue of the of the Ottawa region.
Here is a link to the Kitten Lady's website