Okay, in a attempt to make a long story fairly short, a two young family members told me this weekend that there is a house that no one live at near their house with a litter of five kittens in the garage, plus mom and dad. So yesterday (they told me about them on sat. but it was too late to go out to where this was because it was dark) were went out and yes, there were the kittens. There are five kittens, and I tried to see what gender they are(that is so hard with kittens), and it seems that there is a black female, a plain gray female, and three gray tabby males. They seem to be about three-weeks-old, but the relatives who found them think that they have been comming to see them for about a week and half (this is the best answer I got, since origanally thay thought that they had been coming for a mouth to see them and when they found them their eyes were already open, but they are deffinitly not that old). The good thing is that nither the mom or dad are faral, and very willing to let people touch and hold the kittens. To willing, in fact. I say this because the mother is not very attaced to her kittens, even thoufgh she had never met half of the people barging into her garage, she was perfectly willing to let us do anything with the kittens, and did not seem in the slightest concerned when her loud-mouthed kitten (the gray one) started protesting being picked up (she became used to us quickly thought, and was happy yo be held). So my worry is that very soon she is going to loose interest in them and leave. Also, they have alot of fleas ansd the kittens are too small and thin for their age (parents are average sized cats). And one of them ( the smallest tabby male) is ill I think, and simply too small. I think the others look like they could use fattening-up, but he is just tiny, and I think he may be ill. As soon as I held him I knew something was wrong; I don't have experiance with kittens as much but am the hands-down animal expert of the family, he has as bright of eyes as the others, but he was walking with his tail down and sitting when the others were standing, and was shaking a bit even though where we were was not cold.
Okay, that was not short, but that is the best I can do, summery wise. What I want to know is what would be best for the kittens: i.e. should I take them (I have the time and ability to do it), but I am unwilling to indanger my cats by taking them in. Fleas are not that huge of a problem: my cats are healthy and I will give them flea stuff, but I don't think that I can take in mama to without my cats going nuts, so I would wait a week or so, and take the kittens botttle feed them, and would give the mama (and daddy) to a rescue place that can care for them (the dad has a bite wound in his side that I am worried about) and rehome them. I am connifdent that I can care for, and find homes for, all the kittens.
If it were me........... First I would definately take the male cat to a shelter where he can recieve treatment. Secondly, if you take them in I would keep them quarrentined from your cats. To protect your cats. You will probably loose the frail kitten. Sad but true. Does it have diarrhea? Use Pedialyte in a syringe to rehydrate them as that is the first thing that makes kittens fail. It is a miracle worker! They really need momma's milk for immunities so if she is feeding them they need her, and if they are alive she must be feeding them. Hand hursing them is a huge undertaking but can be done. Fleas can get serious, they can make a kitten enemic if they get bad enough. And flea preventatives dont work as well as they used to so if your cats do get the fleas you'll probably have a hard time getting rid of them. I would probably give them a warm bath with Dawn dishsoap (and get them really dry and keep them warm) to rid them of the fleas since they are too young to use a fea preventative. They probably need to be dewormed you can get dewormer from a local Co-Op/Farm supply. If you do nurse them get BOTH KMR and First Born, and mix them for best results. I have a recipe for a "KITTEN GLOP" for failing newborn kittens, I've never tried it but I heard it really works, if you need the recipe I can email it to you. well I hope I helped you somewhat. Good Luck!
The previous poster had completely terrific advice if you do want to do this all yourself. However, if there is a no kill shelter or rescue organization in your area that could take the whole family in and help with the babies it might be the best idea since your first responsibility is to keep your own cats safe from whatever these cats may be carrying other than the fleas. (FIV, FELV, FIP, etc.) A rescue would be better equipped to keep them quarantined from the rest of the population and would also have the knowledge to support momma's feeding. It's not really "kitten season" right now so shelters may not be as overburdened with abandoned kittens as they would be in the Spring. Maybe even call your vet for some names of people who do this sort of rescue. But Like I said, if you really do want to do this yourself, the last post was great advice.