If you foster a cat for a verified nonprofit shelter, you can claim it on your taxes.
We know that #2 had extensive experience with taking in stray cats & kittens and getting them to good homes. Good on ya! #2’s experience was very expensive and someday she’ll post pictures of the kitten-destroyed master-bathroom that cost ~$600 repair (on top of vet and food bills).
#1 has started a slightly lower-stakes fostering experience with a no-kill cat shelter that ultimately has responsibility for the kittens. Yes… kittens!
They are mostly-black, which makes it hard to take good photos…. here they are in their crate…
and little faces…
There is another one, but she is sick and so she is with the foster coordinator right now, getting extra meds and care. These ones are on antibiotics, which are supplied by the shelter. The shelter also supplied some chicken baby food to mix the antibiotics into, although I will have to buy some more. They supplied me with several weeks’ worth of crunchy kibbles and about a week’s worth of kitten-safe litter (I have already bought more). I have to bring them back to the shelter periodically for free check-ups and vet care. They are actually 2 litters that were put together. I think they may be around 6 weeks old. Don’t know what happened to their mommies. They weigh, on average, about 1 pound and 4 ounces each.
They come in this big crate (it folds up) where they sleep and play. The shelter provided the bed, blankets, litter box, and water dish. They also sent a scale to weigh them and a thermometer for taking kitten temps, along with an extra litter box and a handbook of what to do. They also have a carrying cage.
I let them out to roam the bathroom and play, and they have supervised time in the living room when we can watch them. We are getting lots of mileage out of a toilet paper tube, cardboard boxes, and a plastic Easter egg. They also have a couple balls to chase, and each other to wrestle. I bought them a cardboard scratching post for around $7, and I trim their claws for my own comfort when they climb on me.
We are doing a fair bit of laundry because they occasionally have potty accidents (they are just babies). And running through quite a bit of hand sanitizer. That’s it so far, though!
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