Leave them alone! Feral (wild) mothers will come back to feed their babies only when no people are around. If you have not seen a mother cat, or hear loud crying from the infants after a day or so, gather them up gently in a blanket, put them in a box, and bring them to the Shelter. Unless you are experienced in the care and feeding of tiny baby kittens, you can do more harm than good!
In no instance should you try to give them cow’s milk or canned food, as those items cannot be digested by nursing infants. There are milk replacement formulas made expressly for orphaned kittens and puppies, and they will need to be bottle fed for a few days or weeks until they are able to lap up milk, and then eat regular food, for themselves.
Additionally, kittens need to be manually stimulated to urinate or defecate, to simulate the mother’s licking them-and most people are NOT prepared to do that!
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