It's kitten season, and that means you may see more stray cats and kittens in your neighborhood. If you see one, the Maryland SPCA has some tips on what to do next.
Since the SPCA and many other shelters are working limited hours with a limited staff, it's best to use community fostering if the kittens are in good health. This means keeping an eye on the nest, making sure the mama cat is around, and using the free resources from the SPCA. They have a hotline, resource charts, and more to help people make the right choices.
The MD SPCA suggests sprinkling flour around the nest and checking for paw prints - this means the mama cat is nearby and checking in. Kittens should have round tummies and clear noses and eyes. If you notice them looking skinny, nesting somewhere dangerous, or crust or gunk around the nose and eyes, it's time to involve the shelter.
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