5 things you should know before becoming a cat fosterer
Fostering can be a difficult role: you look after the cat or kitten in need night and day but eventually the little ball of fur will be rehomed to a permanent owner, which is can be tough when you have formed a bond with the pet.
However, fostering is extremely rewarding too, as these cats might have been in abusive homes or left out on the streets. It is the Cats Protection fosterers that are able to save these unfortunate felines and get them back to health so they can find a new owner to cuddle up to.
We at Cats Protection Brighton and District are looking for our first cat fosterers. Since launching this branch last year we have been raising money and awareness of the charity. Now, as we begin to rehome cats in need we are seeking those special people who can give up their precious time to help our wonderful feline friends.
But before you sign up it is important to ensure you can give a rescue cat what it needs and that you fully understand what fostering involves.
5 things you need to become a cat fosterer
Be able to say goodbye
The best but also the hardest part of fostering can be to see one of your cats go to a new home. It certainly can be a bittersweet role but knowing that you are helping to find a forever home for cats in need makes it all worthwhile. As the saying goes, ‘If you love them, let them go’.
Cats need a place where they can sleep, go to the toilet, play and feel safe, so setting aside a room for the cat is a perfect way to provide all the creature comforts they need. It is particularly important if you own cats yourself, as the fostered cats will need to be kept separate. If you have a spare room this can help get you started with fostering before you fully commit. Cats Protection will also provide a purpose built cat cabin for your garden if you do decide to become a fosterer.
Time and patience
Cats that come into your care will have very different personalities and habits depending on their situation and where they have come from. It will be your job to look after them, so this can mean trips to the vets to ensure they are healthy, training them to have good habits, particularly if they are kittens, and being prepared to look after the cats 24/7 for as long as it takes to find a good home.
As a fosterer you will need to take calls and visits from the public who are interested in rehoming the kitty in your care, which will mean having people call at your house to look at the cats. The more accessible you are then the more likely it is that the cat will be rehomed.
Be a cat lover, of course
It is important that a cat fosterer has had experience of cats before and really wants to take care of them, as it can be a demanding job. Cats are wonderful creatures with high intelligence, which means they need to be stimulated every day so that they stay healthy and happy. Plus, it is important that you communicate how to look after a cat to any prospective owners.
Cats Protection will provide all the support you need to be a fosterer, including equipment, and we will pay for all trips to the vets. The most important thing we need is you!
If you think you would like to volunteer as a fosterer, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org