Top 10 Reasons Kittens Don’t Have Fosters Uncovered!

Fostering kittens is a magical experience, so why aren’t more people doing it? When baby kittens arrive at our shelter they are at risk of death. Whether it’s shelter overcrowding or the risk of illness they face due to their immature immune systems, a shelter is NOT a good place for babies to grow up.
You have the power to save them but has something been holding you back? Here are some of the most common reasons we hear why people aren’t fostering – BUSTED BB photo 1

10: I might get attached…
Sure, you might get attached but have you ever experienced the feeling of saving a life? Giving a kitten a head start in this world when they have no other option is amazing! Getting a holiday card from your kitten’s new family? Priceless! You want your kids to grow up, move out and be a success in this world, right? It’s the same for your foster kittens so why would you deny yourself this magical feeling?

9: I don’t have the space…
Baby kittens can be fostered in a much smaller space than you would expect. Guess how much space a litter of kittens has at the shelter – almost none! While at the shelter they are in a tiny cage, anything you do at home is better than that. You can set up a large dog crate as a kitten zone to keep them contained or use a bathroom, a spare bedroom or even an office. Or you can just set up your kitten pen right in your living room for all your guests to “ooh” and “aah” over your little babies! It really doesn’t take much space at all to house kittens!

8: I’ve never raised kittens before, I’m not sure I’d be allowed to foster…
We’ve made fostering easy and can help you with everything you need to know! If you’ve never raised a kitten before, you’re in for a treat. They are not only adorable but their kitten antics will keep you laughing as they learn to climb, balance, perch and pounce. If these are your first kittens, let us know and we’ll connect you with some that match your experience level. Once done nursing, believe it or not they don’t even need to be taught how to use a litter box, just show them where it is and nature takes over. What could be easier than that! Haolie

7: I already have a cat at home and he won’t tolerate foster kittens…
As long as you have a separate room, chances are your cat will be fine. It’s normal for a cat to be a little uncertain and hiss at even the idea of another cat in his or her house but they usually get over it pretty quick. Although cats have a reputation as loners, they really are very social. Many people have discovered their resident cats get used to new kittens in the house with barely a blink of an eye after the first set comes and goes.

6: The shelter kittens might get my cat sick…
By following basic steps to control illness, just as you would for yourself such as washing hands, bedding and clothing before interacting with your resident cat, illness can be kept from spreading. And as mentioned above, we recommend keeping your new kittens separate from your house cat, preferably in a separate room. If your resident cat is healthy and happy, his or her immune system will be strong. If your cat is ill or elderly, we recommend you check with your veterinarian on how to best manage your cat’s health when foster animals are around.

5. I don’t know how to promote my kittens for adoption…
BB photo 3 We have great ideas for you and a team of staff and volunteers who can help you with ideas. Your kittens are adorable – by getting photos out there for your friends and coworkers to share, they can practically adopt themselves! Even if you still don’t get your kittens adopted, APA! has plenty of opportunities available to help foster parents find new homes. You can schedule your kittens to go up for adoption at one of our many offsite locations and make sure to ask how to get their photos on the APA! website & our cat foster managers will be happy to help you find your foster kittens a forever home!

4. I don’t have much time to do this, I’m going on summer vacation soon…
Not a problem! We have kittens that need fostering for just a week or two as they get big enough to go up for adoption. Two weeks of kitten cuddling can save lives. Believe it!

3. I can’t afford to pay for veterinary care for foster kittens…
APA! covers all veterinary care for our kittens while they are fostered at your house, until they are old enough to be adopted. You’ll be given information on how to schedule an appointment with our clinic to get them their full series of vaccinations as they grow and have support if they get kitty colds.

2. What on earth will I need? I have no idea how to prepare…

April and August A10 Litter We’ve found a great list here to help you out! And skip all those fancy kitty toys … an empty cardboard box and some crumpled paper will make your kittens think they’ve scored the FOSTER HOME OF THE YEAR!


1. Someone else will do it…

Actually, probably not. Not enough people are fostering. Even with your help we still need more foster parents. APA! takes in thousands of cats and kittens each year and most of those arrive in the summer months. It’s what we call “kitten season” and they arrive by the box full. Without your help, and everyone’s help, we will never save them all.

They’re counting on you to become a foster parent!

You are welcome to visit our facility at: Austin Pets Alive!, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St. Austin TX, 78703, we are open every day from 11:30am-7:00pm.

If you would like more information about our fostering program send an email to: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

This information was provided by ACCT Philly, check out their page here! We would like to thank them for not only sharing this with us but for all they do to help kitties in need!

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