This was the last batch of kittens. They’ve become less terrified and gone on to good homes.
After this batch, I decided I was ready for a new-to-me forever kitty, another big lover-boy. More on that later.
We talked about fostering kittens before, but it bears repeating.
Kittens are tiring but it’s worth it. They need love. Please lend some kittens your bathroom and your love for a few weeks. Kitten season is coming, and shelters need you. Adopt, don’t shop.
Is kitten fostering right for you?
Fostering IS compatible with a full-time job, although I found it easier without one. If they are well-socialized, they don’t need much time at all. If they need to get used to humans, they need as much time as you can spare. Fostering is certainly compatible with working from home.
People ask, but don’t you find it too hard to let them go? I don’t, personally. Some people do, and end up keeping a couple of babies. That’s ok! It’s known as a “foster fail” and is a great outcome because those babies now have a permanent home. Kittens are tiring, though, like a toddler. You have to watch them to make sure they don’t eat wires, get caught somewhere, etc. [Hence getting locked in a safe space like a bathroom when I’m at work.] A grownup cat is less work and they often already know manners.
If you have a dog, can you foster kittens? Probably, if the dog is chill AND you supervise them when they’re together. It can help the kittens get used to homes with dogs, which makes them more adoptable.
If you have other cats, can you foster kittens? Probably, but you should keep them separated for everyone’s health. Babies are susceptible to upper respiratory infections and parasites that adult cats just shrug off. They are also in danger when they are too young for their vaccines. If your cat is healthy, you can try introducing them. Your cat might make a great surrogate parent/auntie/mentor to the babies. But supervise them and check with the shelter, first.
If you get at least 2 kittens at once, they will keep each other warm and entertained. If somehow you end up with a single baby, it will need your help staying warm. Kittens are crap at regulating their body temperature alone, and they like to be toasty. Keeping them warm is also better for their eating and digestion.
Please do what you can to help. Purrrrrrr.