Two articles address the topic of dealing with kittens that are frequently found on our doorsteps. Consider the perspectives as you answer questions from those who wish to save an abandoned litter or adopt a new kitten. For would-be cat owners, this information can be new and helpful.
Source: What You Should Do If You Find A Kitten. Modern Cat.
I hadn’t realized that free-roaming female cats—who haven’t been spayed yet—do leave their kittens alone for a few hours every day,” says Janice Dankert, now a community cat expert for Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society.
Source: Kitten Prep 101, Modern Cat.
Put your new kitten in the bathroom or small space for the first 48 hours.
Allow kitty access to the rest of the house only once he has met all four of these criteria: is eating all his food, is being proactively social, has peed at least twice in the litter box, and has pooped at least twice in the litter box.
After these criteria have been met, you can then gradually introduce your kitten to the rest of your home.
Also see: Convert an outdoor cat into a happy indoor cat, Animal Health Digest, May 30, 2017.