If you find a stray cat, there are several actions to take to find a happy solution.
If you have no luck finding the cat's owner and if you are in a position to keep the cat, even if temporarily, we suggest that you place a post on Perth Pets Lost and Found on Facebook. Plus, complete the attached Found Cat Report and forward it to us by email to Click here to email or fax to us at (08) 9442 3636. You can also distribute posters and flyers around your neighbourhood and shopping centres.
If you are not in a position to keep the cat, you may make an appointment to bring the cat into Cat Haven. We are open for surrenders every day (see open hours on our home page) by appointment ONLY. To make an appointment, please phone reception on (08) 9442 3600.
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Do not to touch them - please call Cat Haven straight away. They may not actually be orphaned kittens and the mother cat will probably be nearby.
1. Assess the situation but do not touch the kittens – if you have already moved the kittens, please put them back straight away. If the kittens are in a dangerous area, gently move them to somewhere safe but in the immediate area so the mother cat can still find them. Also take note of the kittens’ body condition i.e. are they clean, plump and content or are they dirty, cold and crying?
2. Monitor the area – Step right back and keep an eye on the area for a few hours – checking every hour if you can. There is a very high chance that the mum is coming back and is just out hunting, hiding from you, or in the process of moving the litter one by one.
3. If the mother cat is around – Then let her take care of the kittens. It is crucial for newborn kittens to receive the nutrition from the mother cat’s milk during the first couple of days of their lives. Many kittens will not survive if separated from the mother during the first week of their life. Put some food and water out for the mum, so that she can devote herself to her babies. Cat Haven can advise you and may be able to organize to send out a ranger to trap the mother first and then get the kittens. It can be very dangerous to the kittens’ lives if you bring them in first and then try to get the mum.
4. Still no sign of the mother – If, after many hours there is still no signs that a mother cat is around then you can consider the kittens abandoned. Place them in a clean and dry box with plenty of bedding and if possible, a covered hot water bottle. Newborn kittens cannot generate their own heat so it is imperative that they have a source of heat to keep warm.
5. Shelter or rescue – Urgently contact a shelter or rescue group who can take the kittens as soon as possible. If they have been without their mother for a while they may be cold and hungry, and in need of urgent attention.