How to Rescue Orphaned Kittens

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Every so often, a concerned cat lover finds himself or herself rescuing a litter of hungry, meowing kittens from starvation with no mother in sight.

Hand rearing newborn kittens is no easy task. It will test your nurturing instincts, attention to detail, and probably your patience as well. But for all that, it can be quite rewarding too. To help the conscientious folks who would take on this difficult task, we've consulted with former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Greg Hammer DVM, to put together the need-to-know information about hand-raising abandoned kittens.

When to Rescue

There are a number of risks involved in rescuing a litter of extremely young kittens; rabies and heartache being a couple of the most prominent. Yet another risk is accidentally intervening in a situation where the mother (a.k.a. the queen) is still caring for her kittens. You don't want to do that. Not only do cat mothers have a much higher success rate than human surrogates, but it will save you a lot of sleepless nights.

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