Love is in the air this week and who better to shower affection on but a feline friend? Cat lovers know what a special bond there can be between owner and cat however for some kitties it can take them a while to find their forever home. Here at Cats Protection Brighton we have some amazing fosterers who give their time and care to cats when they are still searching for the right person to adopt them.
It takes certain qualities to become a fosterer but there are plenty of rewards and if you’re a cat lover you have the amazing job of helping not just one or two cats but many. You will be their first home in their adoption journey and give them the care, warmth and affection they need. However before you go head-over-heels for fostering there are some facts to be considered.
5 things you need to know before fostering
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. So if this sounds like you then don’t hesitate to get in contact.
At the moment we are in need of outdoor fosterers in the Brighton and Hove area. If you like the sound of fostering and have a garden please get in contact on Facebook or through our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.