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‘Pet Pals TV’: Preparing for Kitten Season – Indianapolis News | Weather Indiana | Indiana traffic

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Each week “Pet Pals TV” shares a fun, interesting and informative story about our four-legged and furry friend population.

This week, Patty Spitler, host of “Pet Pals TV,” joined Brittany Noble of News 8, along with Dawn Benefiel, executive director of Indy Neighborhood Cats, and Savannah Roby of Alliance of Responsible Pet Ownership.

Benefiel says if you find a kitten outside, leave it alone.

Research shows that mother cats will touch their kittens every morning to find their food by the time the kittens are five to eight weeks old. If the kittens are too young to hunt, they should stay with their mother.

“We want to leave kittens with mom until they are weaned and socialized,” says Benefiel.

She also tells News 8 that if someone finds a litter of kittens near their home, he or she should mark the spot with a food-safe substance such as diatomaceous earth. “Use it like flour to put a ring on the kittens so you can tell when the mother returns,” she said.

Benefiel says Indy Neighborhood Cats partners with organizations like ARPO to help with the outdoor cat population during kitten season, or when outdoor cats give birth to their litters.

The two groups work during kitten season to vaccinate, fix and microchip outdoor cats by capturing and then releasing them. Roby adds that after giving the cats their vaccinations and other tests, ARPO workers take in the cat families to socialize them and then help adopt the cats.

Here are other animal organizations that help care for and adopt outdoor cats:

Watch the interview above for more information.

News 8’s Michaela Springer contributed to this article.