New Neighbors

I have a bit of a conundrum. It seems that we have four (possibly more – the neighbor said last week he saw six) young kittens living in our backyard. I’m not good at judging kitten age, but they’re very fluffy and about 8″ long, not including tails. They’re clean and look healthy. We have yet to see a mama-cat. My conundrum is this: were it not October, I’d probably leave them alone. But I really don’t think feral kittens are going to last out the winter if they’re still this young. I know of a no-kill shelter, but I am entirely unsure of my ability to catch people-shy kittens. They suggested setting out a saucer of milk, but isn’t cow milk bad for cats? Or is that just older cats?

Should I even try to catch these kittens? Is it physically possible? Will they be fine or better off on their own? Last year there were several kittens growing up in the neighborhood, and one by one I saw them become road kill. I do not want to clean frozen kitten corpses out of my back yard in the spring.

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