Please consider opening your heart and home to a stray cat in need of a temporary place to stay. With hundreds of cats and kittens in need of adoption, we need fosters for all different kinds of cats. Sometimes we don’t have enough space for all of them and the only way we can save them is with the help of foster homes. Contact us today and we’ll help find the perfect foster for you.
The Benefits of Fostering
The benefits of fostering a cat are many, but here are just some of them:
Choose the independence of having a cat without the lifetime commitment.
See how a cat’s personality blossoms in a stress-free environment.
Help bottle-feed kittens who are too young to be adopted.
Help us save more cats and open up space for more to be saved.
Provide a safe, clean, and caring environment.
Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter.
Provide exercise and socialization if appropriate
Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments.
Who Needs Fostering?
Fostering for weaned kittens is a rewarding experience! These kitties are very active and begin to show off their little personalities. Weaned kittens usually only need a foster home for a few weeks, so meal time should be all the time. During this time, socialization is very important so these kittens begin to associate humans with love and cuddles. These little ones need to hit 2 pounds before they can come back to the shelter for their spay/neuter surgery, so helping them reach that goal is what’s most important.
Mom and Babies
It’s incredibly rewarding to foster a mother cat and her kittens. Seeing how she instinctively knows just what to do is truly amazing. However, it’s still important to keep an eye on all the kittens, even though it looks like mom has it handled. She’ll be in charge of feeding and cleaning, but sometimes she can get lazy and that’s when you’ll need to step in. You should also begin handling and socializing these kittens. Fostering for mom and babies can last up to 10 weeks.
If you are willing to foster young kittens, you’ll have a chance to experience the joys of watching them grow up. Bottle babies need round-the-clock care, but it’s rewarding when you see them start to open their eyes and explore their environment.
RESOURCES FOR AT-HOME KITTEN CARE
- Kitten Lady – Kitten Care Booklet
- Kitten Care Videos by Maddie’s Fund
- Kitten Care – Routine Basics Video
- Kitten Age Chart
- Kitten Stool Chart
- Help for Kitten Diarrhea
- Kitten Feeding Chart – How Often to Feed Kittens and When
- Kitten Foster Supply List
- Kitten Lady How-To Videos
- How to Set Up for Kittens
- How to Bottle Feed Kittens
- How to Syringe Feed Kittens
- How to Help Kittens Use the Bathroom
- How to Transition Kittens off the Bottle (Weaning Kittens)
- How to Litter Train Kittens
- How to Socialize Kittens
- How to Find Homes for Kittens with Great Pictures
- How to Bathe Kittens
- How to Treat Fleas on Kittens
- How to Tell if Your Kitten is Male or Female
- Saying Goodbye to Your Foster Kittens
- Rehome.AdoptaPet.Com – Help Kittens Find a New Home