What is the best way to foster a kitten? How will you know which one is right for you? And how will you know if your foster cat is healthy and ready to live in your home? Here are some things to keep in mind:
Remember that your foster cat has a special bond with you. You helped the kitten or cat through a difficult time, and now you’ll help it find a forever home. Fostering is an excellent way to make a happy new life for both the foster cat and adoptive parent. And, remember, it’s important to respect your boundaries and respect your limits, or you will run the risk of compassion fatigue, burnout, and compassion fatigue.
Once the foster mom has been fostering a kitten, you’ll need to observe her behavior on a daily basis and make sure she is nurturing and loving to her kittens. Unfortunately, 8 percent of all kittens die due to inadequate maternal care, and there are several reasons why. Some problem behaviors are completely out of your control. It will take some time before your foster cat starts to socialize and bond with her foster kittens.
Unlike many other foster categories, the relationship between foster moms and their babies hasn’t evolved as much. While caring for a baby cat is challenging enough, taking care of a mom cat and her babies may seem like an even more daunting task. In fact, taking care of a new kitten can be challenging, but it’s definitely worth it in the end. The benefits are numerous. This unique partnership will keep the mother cat happy and healthy for years to come.
For a successful fostering relationship, prepare the room before the mother cat comes home. Place the litter box as far away as possible from the mother cat’s food and water bowls. Provide her with safe places to feed and care for her kittens, including a dark room equipped with a whelping box. You may also want to set up a special cat food dish for the kittens.
Playing with kittens is essential for their socialization and stimulation. It also releases excess energy. Buying expensive cat toys isn’t necessary. Paper bags and boxes with holes cut into the side are a great alternative. And don’t forget to give them toys. You’ll be surprised at how much fun they’ll have! There’s nothing more rewarding than watching your foster cat play with a new toy.