The spring months are when litters of feral kittens start appearing as if by magic in many towns and neighborhoods.
Many animal lovers assume when they see a tiny kitten alone and defenseless they need to rescue it and find a home for it.
But Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy group for stray and feral cats, says that’s not always the right thing to do.
“Should you come across kittens, you may be tempted to pick them up and bring them home with you, but that might not be in the best interest of the kittens," Robinson says.
What should you do instead? Robinson’s organization recommends the following steps:
- Try to determine the kittens' age
- Wait to see if the mother cat returns to her litter
- Then get advice on catching and neutering the animals as appropriate