Motherless 5 week old kittens

Hi, I have, well, had a mama cat (shes actually a stray who we have been feeding and giving her a home in our garage) who had 3 kittens. They are all about 5 weeks. Today the mom died we think due to a car accident. We found her in the garage with her rib bones broken. We think she might of stumbled her way back to the garage to be with her kittens. I am very scared to what will happen to the kittens from being abandoned when they are not ready. I do not know what to do with them. We may have found a home for all 3 kittens. Should we give them away now? Should we feed the kittens milk replacement? They are in our garage and I am afraid that they will wander somewhere and with out the moms help they will get lost, get hit by a car or something else. Please, please help! Thank you so much for your time!

oh, and I forgot, we are giving them moistened kitten chow and I was wondering if we are going to need to give them milk replacement.

Answer by Kate
How sad.
Yes the kittens are a bit young but without their mother they really will need lots of care from you and that can be quite demanding. It would be good if you could keep them together for another couple of weeks if possible as the first seven weeks is known as the sensitive period and is when they learn a lot about being a cat from each other etc.

My best advice is to ask you to read though my kitten section as it will help you with things like what to feed and weaning etc. here is the first page

best wishes Kate

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