Found a Cat or Kitten Outdoors? Here’s What to Do!
Here in Texas, kitten seasons is typically at its height between April and October. During these months, you’re more likely to find free-roaming kittens and adult cats. Depending on the age, temperament and health of the cat or kitten, Austin Animal Center has different options to help. Here’s your definitive guide to helping found felines in Austin and Travis County.
Kittens from birth to six weeks: Kittens do best when raised by their mothers and although there are programs in Austin to help orphaned kittens, if you find a litter of healthy, young kittens that are in a safe location like in a yard, the best thing you can do is leave them alone. If they’re healthy, it means mom is nearby and will soon return to care for them.
Please email CommunityCats@austintexas.gov to report their location. Austin Animal Center will collect this data and return once the kittens are old enough to be spayed and neutered, and mama cat has weaned them.
Kittens six to 12 weeks: If you find kittens that are six to 12 weeks old, you can come to the shelter to receive a spay/neuter and rabies vaccine voucher. These kittens can also be brought to AAC, but because we operate at capacity for most of the summer, keeping kittens in this age group out of the shelter is truly lifesaving.
Kittens and Cats 12 weeks to adult: If you find a stray cat or kitten that is friendly, you can come to the shelter for a free spay/neuter voucher or you can bring it in to the shelter where it will be held for a three day stray period and if not reclaimed, will be spayed or neutered through our shelter-neuter-return (SNR) program and put back where it was found. If it’s a feral (non-social, fearful cat), you can work with our Community Cat Trapper Volunteers to trap-neuter and return it (TNR) to where it was found. For more information on that program please emailCommunityCats@austintexas.gov.
Sick and injured cats and kittens of any age, geriatric cats or cats in immediate danger: If you see a cat that is sick or injured (lethargic, limping badly, appears dehydrated or emaciated, has been hit by a car or has open wounds or sores), bring them to Austin Animal Center seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you find a sick or injured cat or kitten outside these hours, you can contact 311 to find out how to get it immediate help.