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Old January 18th, 2017, 11:35 AM
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Fostering tips

Hi everyone!

My wife Carmy and I are thinking about fostering cats (one at a time) in a few months. We have one cat Twiggy - Spayed who is ten. We are able to have a completely separate (small but adequate) space for the foster.

That's the intro

Given that; What are the first fostering tips that come to mind?

Many thx in advance!
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Old January 18th, 2017, 12:57 PM
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We chose not to have JD vaccinated for FIV because he's not going to be exposed to other cats. We'll do it later when/if we decide to foster (which is under discussion now ). Has Twiggy been vaccinated?
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Old January 19th, 2017, 10:41 AM
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yes I believe so - but gonna pull out the old records now. Thx
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Old January 21st, 2017, 08:01 PM
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Marko so good to hear your thinking of fostering. You and Carmy will be great foster parents....you will have to make a very LARGE disclaimer on your agreements though....it will read something like this....

All foster felines must agree to monthly photo shoots where they hereby agree to full costume attire and hats are usually a must.....no exceptions to this agreement......

But what an awesome foster home they would have...

I think this would be a great setup depending on space. My vet clinic has this and its usually where the newbies go for awhile until they are sort of comfy and not scared....

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Old January 22nd, 2017, 10:53 AM
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This is my only tip

1. Be prepared to not want to give the foster cat/kitten back
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 09:04 AM
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really appreciate these tips...and yup

Quote:
Be prepared to not want to give the foster cat/kitten back
so aware that this is a possibility.
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 09:40 AM
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Yeah I agree about not wanting to give back foster kitties , I foster 2 kitties once and became over them and wanted to keep them . Marko could you post some photos of your foster kitties pleases ?
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Will you be fostering kittens or older cats, Marko? Can't wait for pix!
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Old January 23rd, 2017, 07:16 PM
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Good for you Marko!

Fostering is so rewarding and of course comes with the gift/risk of "failing"
I'm a "Foster Failure" and am very happy to be part of that club

As for introducing a new kitty, it depends on the personality of Twiggy. If she is dominant I would introduce them very carefully. Both should be confined in crates and placed within sight of each other for 10-15 minutes. If all goes well you can move them closer and closer until you are then able to release the most calm kitty. How they each react would dictate how quickly you can then progress. If either or both get aggressive they will need lots of time apart in their separate areas with regular and repeat introductions. Placing a blanket from Twiggy into the foster kitty's area and vice versa is also a good idea so they can smell each other in safety.

I'm a bit excessive when it comes to safety as a cat fight would be horrific to witness and almost impossible to breakup before an injury.
Looking forward to hearing all about your Foster kitty
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