Kitten Sitters

You just found a litter of kittens! They are tiny and look so fragile. What do you do now?

Thanks to California for All Animals, FieldHaven’s Kitten Sitter Program offers kittens and cats in your community a chance at healthy and happy lives, and it starts with you. Kittens are some of the most vulnerable animals that enter shelters because they often require around-the-clock care that many organizations do not have the resources, staff, or volunteers to provide. The Kitten Sitter Program acts as a community-based foster program for kittens and cats in your community. The program strives to identify sustainable solutions within communities to create transformative change by engaging and empowering people like you to offer safe places and find forever homes for kittens and cats. Although caring for kittens is a lot of work, it is a rewarding experience. By participating in this program, you are saving lives and helping kittens and cats living on the streets find forever homes.

About the Kitten Sitters Program

Should you find kittens in your neighborhood, the Kitten Sitter Program can offer low-cost medical care, food, supplies, and spay and neuter services. Unlike traditional shelter based foster programs, where animals come from a shelter and are placed in foster homes, Kitten Sitter cats are abandoned kittens and cats that you find in your community. This helps keep kittens and cats out of shelters and in loving homes while ensuring they receive the care they need. By stepping up to open your home, you are helping to save their lives.

Currently the program’s focus areas are zip codes in Sutter, Colusa, Shasta, and Yuba Counties with some resources offered to Placer County.

To apply, fill out an I Found Kittens Registration form.

You will receive an email response from our Kitten Sitter team with more information on services offered.

An orange kitten and a black kitten.

These kittens were both born on the same day. The kitten on the left (orange) was motherless and raised by a very experienced bottle feeder. The kitten on the right (black) was raised by its mom. They are about 5 weeks old in the picture. Look at how much bigger and healthier the mom-raised kitten is! Mom is always best!

Dr. Heather Kennedy holding a tabby cat

Dr. Heather Kennedy, our former FieldHaven shelter veterinarian, wrote this blog post explaining why it really is best, in most cases, to leave kittens in the community.

What Does Being a Kitten Sitter Entail?

Instead of our traditional foster program where kittens are brought to our shelter then put into foster homes, Kitten Sitters will keep the mom and her family in the area she knows. You’ll make sure they have a safe, cozy place to grow up, feed them good food, and socialize the kittens to humans.

Don’t worry: you won’t be on your own. FieldHaven Feline Center will provide food, supplies, and expert advice while you are sitting the kittens. Our team of kitten pros are never more than a reach away.

Where is the Program Available?

Currently, the program’s focus areas are zip codes in Sutter, Colusa, Shasta, and Yuba Counties with some resources offered to Placer County.


The California Animal Welfare Collaborative awarded FieldHaven Feline Center a very generous grant, funding our 2024 Kitten Sitters Program!

Kitten Sitters FAQs

Q. So, You’ve Found Kittens and/or Cats?

In most cases, younger kittens you might find in your community are being cared for by a mother cat. If they are alone, the mother cat might be hunting or looking

 for a new nest. Humans can startle a mother cat who may leave and not come back until they feel safe. Signs a kitten is being cared for could include a full belly, being well-groomed, a clean nest, or a relaxed posture. If the kittens are dirty, are in an unsafe location, appear sick, vocalizing, cold to the touch, or do not react to your presence, they likely need your help.

Older cats are far more independent than kittens. If you see a cat roaming around your neighborhood, check with local shelters and online sites to see if the cat is lost. If the cat has a small ear tip, like seen in the picture to the left, they have already been spayed or neutered and vaccinated. They also might belong to a cat colony where they could be getting fed and checked on by a caregiver. If the cat is friendly and if you are willing to welcome the cat into your home, the Kitten Sitter program can provide low-cost medical services, supplies, and more.

Q. Will FieldHaven Be Able to Take Any Kittens or Cats I Find?

Intaking kittens or cats to FieldHaven is done on a case-by-case basis. Since 2020, there have been an increased number of cats and dogs being born putting a strain on animal welfare organizations. The goal of the Kitten Sitter program is to keep cats out of shelters and in homes where they can learn important skills to integrate into a family.

Q. What Do Kitten Sitter Families Need to Provide?

A healthy and safe environment for the kittens, transportation to and from veterinary services, in some instances, transportation and boarding can be arranged, socialization, and cuddle time to help teach the kittens about positive family and pet relationships. We recommend introducing new foods, noises, And other environmental factors slowly since it can be difficult to know how comfortable a kitten or cat will be with this type of stimuli. If you have a nursing mom in your home they will need appropriate nutrient and caloric food to support the kittens and the mom while she is nursing.

Q. How Long Will I Need to Keep the Kittens?

This depends, some people in the Kitten Sitter program who find kittens and cats choose to keep the cats while others try and get them adopted to forever homes. Once a kitten weighs 900 grams or 2 pounds they can be spayed or neutered. With the Kitten Sitter program, when you find kittens or cats we can offer low-cost medical services, a veterinary exam, spay and neuter services, and more. At FieldHaven, we have a program that can help with rehoming cats called Meow & Forever and the Kitten Sitter program can help you with adoptions. You can also feature the cats on social media sites such as Facebook and Nextdoor, we recommend asking for adoption fees to help weed out non-serious inquiries. Take plenty of pictures and write a short biography about the cats to help them stand apart.

Here is an example:

Biography: Inamorata is a girl with a unique and cute charm. Born in May of 2023, Inamorata is sweet, playful, loves attention, and would like nothing more than to curl up in your lap. She has great litter box manners, is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. She would do fine with other cats, children, and would do well with a calm dog. One look from her and you can almost hear her proclaiming, “pick me!”

If you think your home would be a good fit for Inamorata, consider adopting her today.

Q. Can I Let the Kittens Play with My Personal Pets?

We recommend isolating new animals for at least a week to reduce any instances of illness introduction and allow any new animals to become comfortable. Make sure that your personal pets are up to date on all their vaccines prior to any introduction.

Q. Will it be Difficult for Me to Say Goodbye to My Kittens?

It may be difficult to part with your kittens but there will always be a need for Kitten Sitters or foster parents at local shelters or animal welfare organizations. You will be playing a crucial role in saving lives.