What you should do when you find kittens in your yard

File photo of kittens. (KFOX14)

What should you do if you come across a litter of kittens in your yard? The obvious thing would be to pick them up, but you really shouldn’t.

Animal Services says a kitten’s chance of survival is much greater when it's cared for by its mom. It says finding a foster home to care for bottle-fed babies is hard, so the best thing to do is leave the litter alone.

A good way to check if the mother cat is around is by putting down a circle of flour around the kittens. Leave the kittens alone for a bit, then come back and check for footprints in the flour.

The best thing to do if you do see footprints is let the kittens be cared for by their mother.

Kittens 8 weeks and older can be brought into Animals Services. Some of the cats can be returned to the community through the shelter’s Community Cat program.

In 2016, the city passed an ordinance allowing the cats to roam free. The shelter says the program is a humane and non-lethal approach to long-term, free-roaming cat population control.

Cats that go through the program are spayed or neutered, have their ear clipped to identify them as part of the program then are vaccinated and returned to the community from which they came.

More about the program and why Animal Services says it works:

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