Help! I found kittens.

If you happen upon a litter of tiny kittens, it’s natural to want to scoop them up and bring them to safety, but thankfully human intervention is not typically required.

Stop, watch, and wait.

Our guide can help you determine if a kitten or litter truly needs human intervention.

Monitor the situation

Cat moms are much better at caring for their kittens and offer the best chance of survival. If the kittens are not in immediate danger and appear healthy and clean, leave them alone and check back in a few hours. If the kittens are in immediate danger, place them in a nearby safe, sheltered area where their mother can easily find them.

Wait for mom

Ideally, the mother cat should be trapped and brought to the shelter with her babies as we have foster homes and safe places for feral nursing mothers. If mom returns and you can trap or catch mom safely, please do! It will increase her kittens’ chance of survival, and by spaying adult female cats, we can help them live longer happier lives.

Time to step in

After you have monitored the kittens and are sure the mother has not returned, you can bring them to Buncombe County Animal Shelter. If you can bring a kitten to us within hours of intervening, please do! Even if you would like to foster or eventually even adopt the kitten(s), we can help you learn proper neonate care, and provide you with important knowledge, proper formula, and tools to help these babies survive and thrive.  

If a kitten is cold, unresponsive, very thin, or appears unhealthy, DO NOT feed them. They will need medical care ASAP, so please bring them to Buncombe County Animal Shelter or your regular veterinarian.

My fur is dirty and my bottom is inflamed.

I have crusty eyes and nasal discharge.

I am thin and malnourished.

I'm upset and noisy.

Time to intervene

I'm content and quiet.

My eyes are clear and I'm not congested.

My belly is full and round.

My fur is clean and dry.

Don't intervene

Kitten Care

If you do need to intervene and are unable to immediately bring the kitten(s) to us, visit these online resources to learn more about caring for orphaned or neonate kittens.