While we love ALL cats, The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee operates on very limited space and only takes neonatal kittens. A neonatal kitten is a kitten that is at his or her tiniest (newborn to 4-5 weeks old). When a mother cat is not around or able to care for kittens, these babies will require specialized, round-the-clock care if they have any shot at survival.


If you are not sure if you have found a neonatal kitten, use the following graphic as reference.


The time between late spring and early autumn is known as “kitten season.” During this time of year, unaltered, outdoor cats (both owned and “community” cats) reproduce prolifically. It’s not uncommon to find a litter of kittens (or single kittens) under a bush, porch, or perhaps out in the garden with mom cat nowhere in sight. What do you do? Your first instinct may be to scoop them up and take them inside, or perhaps to your local shelter.


...PLEASE WAIT. The best thing for the kittens is most likely to leave them where they are. The mother offers her kittens the absolute best chance for survival, so WAIT and WATCH as long as you can.

Know that healthy kittens can survive several hours without food as long as they are warm. Neonatal kittens are much more at risk of hypothermia than they are of starvation. During typical ‘kitten season’ (during the late spring and summer months), waiting a longer time to see if mom will come back is usually very safe.

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Please observe before you rescue or contact IBKC! 

Remove the kittens only if they are in immediate danger OR if they appear sickly/ill.

If the mother cat does not return and/or you are sure you have a kitten that is in need of help, please contact:

Gia DeAscentis
(330) 360-0287 (call or text)