Below are FAQs, links to websites and information we find helpful, and downloadable forms. Also see our blogs (MORE button) for tips on cat ownership
This YouTube video has some great tips on finding your lost cat. Good luck!
How to Find a Lost Cat
We work with Mary S. Roberts in Riverside. Please download the A2R Outreach RPOP document above for more details.
If they aren't in immediate danger, please keep an eye out for a mama cat. She will need to leave her babies periodically to hunt, and it is normal for her to move them while they are very young. She should not be gone more than four hours. If there is a mama cat and you can take them all, that is the healthiest option for the kittens.
* If the kittens are in immediate danger; PLEASE MOVE THEM! (Ex: closed into a plastic bag, in the middle of the road, in cold weather, under a vehicle, in a trashcan, in a sewer, etc.) If you move them, please put them in a safe warm location. (Ex. Indoors in an open box with a towel).
You can contact us, or other rescues, to see if we have room to take them (babies with or without mama).
*Please understand that we, as many rescues, are foster based and do not receive state funding so we can’t help with every cat – even though we would love to! If we cannot take them, we may be able to provide resources to help you care for them until we can take them or help get them adopted. Each situation is unique, and we will let you know what we can do at the time.
Young kittens may need to be bottle fed depending on their age - there are many resources to learn how to feed them. A few basic notes:
• Never give cats cow’s milk. Pet stores and some veterinarians sell kitten milk replacement formulas and bottles for very young kittens.
• Never feed kittens on their backs, they should be on their stomachs like they would nurse from their mother.
See the download document on determining kitten age for more information. Kittenlady.org also is a great resource with how-to videos.
To help us determine the status of your kitten, and our availability to help, please provide as much as the following information as possible:
• Your name, phone number, and city
• Number of kittens and if there is a mama cat
• General condition of kittens (ex – congested nose or swollen eyes, obvious injury like bleeding or broken bone, no obvious issues)
• Pictures – good pictures can help us determine immediate health issues. If they are old enough for adoption, a good picture can also make the difference in getting them adopted quickly.
We will contact you and let you know if we can help as soon as possible.
• If you have done all of these steps and would like help in finding a home for the stray, please email us the following information and we will let you know if we can help:
We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if we can help.
I found a stray cat- but it’s feral, what do I do?
• If you found a stray cat that will not let you bring them to a secure location (it is scared or hissing) you can try to lure it into a carrier or space with food. This might take a few days.
• You can contact organizations like TNR Riverside for help and general information.
• You can contact organizations like Mary S. Roberts for neutering services. This helps reduce the feral community by not allowing them to breed.
• If the cat is not friendly, it can be returned where it was found after being neutered. Please don’t drop it off somewhere unfamiliar. We generally discourage allowing cats outside unattended; however, some feral cats will never be able to be kept indoors.
• Some cats are unfriendly due to illness or injury and can become good working cats (such as warehouse or barn cats) or even good pets after rehabilitation.
We may be able to help depending on the situation.
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