What to do if you find a kitten

 

Not all kittens need rescuing! Mother cats have a habit of leaving their kittens in unlikely places such as drainpipes, plant pots, old kids paddling pools etc. The mother is usually not far away. Unless the kittens are clearly ill they are best left where they are.

Kittens are great survivors. We recently had a case of a number of members mobilizing to rescue a kitten that had adopted a tourist at a hotel, only to find out that the kitten belonged to one of the staff!

However, sadly there are many cats and kittens in Chiang Mai that urgently need help. Alone, abandoned or sick kittens.

A sick or injured cat or kitten should receive medical attention as soon as possible. The climate in Thailand means that a sick animal can die of dehydration very quickly! 

If you find one or more very tiny kittens, the chances are that the mother is not far away. Unless the kitten is at very serious risk, please leave them where they are. It would be very helpful if you could check on them over the next 24 hours. Sadly, the mother might be a victim of a vehicle accident or even poisoning. If there is no sign of the mother, the babies will require taking into care and we at Kitten Rescue and Adoption Chiang Mai would do our best to help.

Most of the kittens that have been found are doing their best to survive after becoming separated from their Mother. Typically they are 4 weeks old or more and are weaned. We suggest that the kitten is taken to a vet for a basic health check. This should involve a check for any signs of illness or fever, de-worming, flea treatment and if the vet will do it, first vaccination.

There are many vets in Chiang Mai. Below we list some that our members recommend:

Chiang Mai Mae Rim Animal Hospital

053 220 478  (24 hours, especially recommended for bone injury; Dr. Tao)


Changnoi Animal Clinic

083 948 (especially recommended for eye problems see Dr. Pop)


Pet Village,
053 444


TONYANG Animal Clinic,
053 141


Donkaew Vet Clinic,
097 957 2519 Dr. Meen. Especially good price for sterilizations


Ohayo Pet Hospital,
098 280


Small Animal Hospital CMU,
 Canal Road


Tungjai Pet Clinic,
053 284


Ban Mha Ka Maew Animal Hospital 


Mee Chock Bet clinic,
053 852 415


Chiangmai Animal Hospital
, 063 128 050


Metta Animal Hospital, Chiang Mai Land
, 086 489 1407


Dr. Koy Animal Clinic
, Doi Sakhet 061 370


Fah Sai Animal Hospita
l (near Central Festival) 053 014 216

Once you have consulted a vet, you need to decide if it is possible for you to take care of the cat or kitten. This could be short-term while you are trying to find a permanent home for it.

There are Facebook pages such as Chiang Mai Pets for Adoption and Give Away, Chiang Mai Animal Lovers and Chiang Mai Pets Community where you can advertise for a home.

By all means, contact us directly on Facebook. We can discuss the best options with you and provide advice.