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Found An Abandoned Kitten, Now What?

Nothing is sadder than seeing an abandoned kitten. Unfortunately, this time of year we see more than usual because people get them as gifts and then abandon them when the don’t want them.

Sometimes it can be hard to know if a kitten has really been abandoned or if they have just wandered off. Before you do anything, make sure you know if the kitten has truly been abandoned so you aren’t taking them away from their mother. The best way to make sure is to check with your nearby neighbors to make sure the kitten doesn’t belong to them. You can also observe to see if you notice the kitten returning to the same spot, which might be where her mom is.

If you think it is abandoned you can call animal control to come get them or you can try to capture the kitten yourself. Always be careful when trapping an animal. You do not know if they are healthy or sick, and it is always possible that they will get scared and attack. We do not recommend trapping animals unless you know how to do it.

How Old Is This Kitten?

  • Under one week: Eyes shut, ears flat to head, skin looks pinkish. Part of umbilical cord may still be attached.
  • 1 week-10 days: Eyes beginning to open, ears still flat. A kitten this age is smaller than your hand.
  • 3 weeks: Eyes are fully open, ears are erect, and teeth are visible. Kittens this age are just starting to walk and will be very wobbly.
  • 4-5 weeks: Eyes have changed from blue to another color and/or kittens have begun to pounce and leap. Kittens this age will begin to eat gruel or canned food.
  • 7 weeks: Kittens of this age will start to eat crunchy kibble/food and are very active and playful. Kittens this age run, jump, and are very mobile.

If a you see a kitten less than 3 weeks old, you should find a mother cat near by. If you don’t find a mother cat, then it is possible the mother died or was picked up by the city. Kittens at this age cannot live without their mother for very long, so don’t leave them out in the cold. Look for their mom and if you don’t find them, bring them inside quickly.

Once you have the kitten you can call ABQ Animal Welfare: 505-768-2000.
You can bring the kitten down to the humane association for adoption.

Or you can keep the kitten and make her the newest member of your family. If you decide to keep the kitten make sure to bring her to Vetco on Menaul to get a thorough check up and get started with vaccinations.