Whether they’re strays or rescues, many young kittens don’t have a home and must wait to be adopted. Rather than staying in a shelter, it’s best for these kittens to have plenty of room to grow and develop, as well as a loving owner who can show them love and affection. That’s where fostering comes in. If you have the time and space to take in a pet, then kitten fostering may be the perfect role for you.
Not only will fostering benefit the kittens, you’ll also realize a number of important perks.
Enjoy the Company
If your home is quiet, it can be a welcome change to have a young kitten in your space. Not only will the kitty liven up your environment with its curiosity and activity, it will give you companionship and lots of opportunities to cuddle.
Try Out a Pet
Some people choose to foster if they’ve never had a pet, or haven’t owned one in a long time. Fostering gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with the commitment required to raise a kitten so you can decide if pet ownership is right for you.
Enhance Your Caregiving Abilities
The more you do something, the better you’ll become at it. And the same holds true for fostering. If you plan to foster in the future, each commitment is valuable learning experience that will help you prepare to care for your next kitten.
Having a kitten in your home can give you a sense of purpose. That’s because you’ll be responsible for feeding, litter box clean up, and vet visits as well as helping the kitten to socialize so it can develop a positive relationship with its forever family.
Support Your Community
In many communities, shelters and rescue groups are maxed out, making it difficult for them to house all of the animals in their care. By fostering, you can help ease the burden on these organizations and enable them to continue their mission with other animals.
By fostering, you’ll “pay it forward” by helping to provide a kitten the love and attention it needs to develop into a healthy and well-adapted cat for its new owners. You’ll also help the kitten get used to a routine and stay on top of any medications and vet visits to ensure a safe and easy transition.
While no one wants to think about it, kittens who aren’t adopted from some shelters can’t stay there forever. Instead of facing euthanization, you can save the life of a kitten by fostering it until it finds a permanent home.
If you want to help find a kitten a great home, yours is a good place to start. Consider the benefits of kitten fostering and open up your home to a feline friend.