Feral Kitten

by Cory
(Newcastle, Ontario)

Yesterday I came across a litter of kittens and the mom which is feral. They were found in my shed. The mother has moved all but one, which is the runt. I had been feeding the bunch including mom, but she took them anyways. Today she started taking them out of the shed and it's now 1030pm and the runt is still there. I have put a heating pad in the basket and have continued to feed the poor sole. It's been two hours since she was here to get the last of the larger ones.

How much longer should I wait before I bring the runt in? This is the second time she moved the others but left the runt behind. Early this am I found the other three behind the shed, and the runt was still in the shed. At that time is when I moved them all back in the shed again.
My heart is aching thinking about the poor thing in the shed by itself. How long should I wait?

Thanks for your input and help.

Answer by Kate
Hi well it is quite possible that the mum cat will leave this runt, as she has her hands full in raising the healthy ones.

two hours is too long for such a young kitten, so if i were you i would intervene.

i have a web page about raising orphan kittens etc which you may find of interest. here is the first page


I wish you the best of luck and I will keep my fingers crossed that the little guy makes it.

bless you

best wishes Kate

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Re-Feral Kitten
by: Cory

Hi Kate

Thank you for answering my question. I brought the kitten in last night and have been feeding it. Our human society has agreed to take the kitten and foster it so he/she is going to their new foster home today.
They said they would give me updates on the kittens progress.
Last night was so chilly, I hope the other 3 are okay. My husband thought he heard them meowing early this morning so I guess I will be looking for them next.

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