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The Joy of Fostering Kittens

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The Joy of Fostering Kittens

My daughters love cats. They love kittens even more. For years they begged me and their daddy to get a kitten –  “an itty bitty, barely-with-its-eyes-open kitten,” they would squeal.

The girls had a romanticized idea about kittens as they imagined they would be able to push these half pound little fur balls around in a baby stroller.  I told them if that is what they wanted a kitten for they were better off sticking to their very agreeable stuffed animals that would be more than happy to comply!

Besides, we already had two cats. It is true however, that we adopted both of them when they were young adults.  One of our cats  – our Maine Coon, Sushi, weighs nearly 23 pounds, a formidable amount of feline for a young child to pick-up and hold.  Our other cat, Riki Tiki Tabby, isn’t a lightweight either at 16 squirmy pounds.

While the girls matured in their understanding of what a real live kitten would tolerate, the request for a kitten never abated. That is when I stumbled upon an ad at our local pet store:

URGENT: Foster Families for Kittens Needed NOW!

Ah ha! Why don’t we be a foster family for a homeless mama cat and her babes? The commitment would be short term, I told myself.  We would not be responsible for finding them permanent homes, and we would help prevent the euthanizing of perfectly healthy animals when the shelter is just full – and we could have kittens the socially responsible way.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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8:47PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

If it wasn't so expensive to desex the cats and dogs there wouldn't be so many unwanted cats and dogs around. Our local RSPCA desex the animals and sell them for $50, [that covers the cost of vaccinations and desexing ] they have a segment on TV each Wednesday night telling people which animals they are looking for homes for people to adopt, always watch it.

8:40PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Great kitten, great child, great story, thank you for sharing.

11:51AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

This is in my possible future plans.

7:21AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Nice story!

3:26PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thanks. I would love to foster kittens in the future when I am able.

5:57PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

I am fostering 10 cats it's great but they really need for ever homes which are becoming harder and harder to find people need to spay/neuter their pets:-)

1:05PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

What great experiences for your kids! Someday when we have our own place I hope to foster and my fiance loves kittens so no worries about him saying no :)

7:57AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011


6:28AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

That is great! Good for you and your family. The animals thank you :)

10:02AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

What a wonderful thing you are doing

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