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7 Things to Know Before You Start Fostering Shelter Cats

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, pets, protection, cats, fostering )

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Here's how to give your fosters -- and your resident cats -- the best care possible.

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Naoko I. (264)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:37 am
Thanks for the post, Cher. I'm right now fostering a kitten.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:44 am
A very good article with many good points to keep in mind if you're considering fostering. It's very rewarding and satisfying! But, there is another thing you must know - despite your best efforts you will occasionally lose them, especially if you are bottle-feeding kittens. Prepare yourself, but try not to let it deter you.

Suzanne L. (134)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:58 am
TY Cher and very good point Barbara. We have just taken in our 7th permanent crew member who we have named Tailor because he's all white except for a grey, ringed tabby tail. He'll be back from neutering today. He was feral when we started feeding him months ago and gradually became socialized enough to be part of the family. We have fostered many kittens and elderly, sick strays and our hearts go out to them all.

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:36 am
Thanks Cher.

Beth M. (240)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:32 pm
Informative article. Thanks.

. (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:11 pm
The last statement is critical to a point. I fostered a 2-3 week year old last August. I thought I new what I was getting myself into. The nearly round the clock feedings, the mixing of milk, etc was very time consuming, but extremely rewarding.
In my case, my then 5 year old fell in love with him, and as hard as I tried, I tried to distance myself from the kitten, but my other one so enjoyed him, they became pals. After a month, I too was hooked, and he has been with me ever since.
If you have room to take in a newborn, and you have room to keep it great. PLEASE, don't commit, then say I can't do this, I'm becoming too attached.... This is the curse of fostering;love steps in and ruins it.

Penny C. (83)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:40 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:53 pm

Carol H. (229)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:15 am
noted, thank you
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