What’s It Like To Be a Foster Carer for Cats
Fostering cats can be an experience that is truly rewarding with the knowledge that you are making a difference. This is by offering the hope of life to sad cats that would somehow be euthanized in kill asylums. Seeing those adorable, cherishing eyes that find superb assenting families makes it worth every second. When you foster, you agree to take a destitute cat into your home and give him or her adoration, attention and care, either for a fixed time-frame or until the cat is adopted.
You should expect to commit to between a couple of weeks to a couple of months. However, every condition is a little bit different. Most little cats are ready to be altered and adopted at around 8-9 weeks of age. If you are fostering a mother cat as well, you can hope to add a couple of weeks to permit the mother’s milk to go away, and for her to recuperate from her spay process. If you are fostering more old little cats, you might just have them a couple of weeks until they are ready to go to the adoption center.
One is expected to care of the essential care and feeding of the foster cats, and permitting enough time to ensure the cats are all around socialised and adored. Setting aside a unique room or space so that your foster cats can be isolated from your different pets is another key thing. Foster folks additionally need to check in and get clear on what therapeutic expenses are covered, who supplies food, and the conventions when the cat becomes ill. Knowing how things work makes clear, reasonable expectations on both sides of the foster relationship, ideally making a situation where a family can consistently take in fosters, filling a steady, progressing need.
Most foster volunteers find that the hardest part of fostering is saying good-bye to the cats they have nurtured and turn out to be so attached to. However, all agree that the prizes of realizing that you have sent your foster cats and little cats off to superb new homes, far exceeds the despair of seeing them go. Most little cats are spayed/fixed at roughly 10-12 weeks of age so they should continue in foster care until they have been modified, immunized and prepared for adoption.
Maybe you cherish little cats however believe in spaying and neutering cats, so have never had one. The animal shelter or cat rescue association has inquired as to whether you would be willing to foster a pregnant cat until her little cats are mature enough to offer for adoption. Then again, you opened your door one night to discover an intensely pregnant cat clustered exposed to the harsh cold on your step; and you were excessively kind, making it impossible to dismiss her.
If you just love having little cats around, or think it is educational to demonstrate your youngsters the “marvel of conception,” please think about fostering a pregnant cat whenever around. You’ll not just not add to the immense issue of cat overpopulation, however you’ll be sparing lives through your volunteer endeavors.
Fostering not just gives the cat you take into your home another opportunity at life however it spares the life of another cat animal rescue associations can then draw from animal control before they are euthanized. In this way, if you foster a litter of five puppies for instance, you are basically sparing 10 lives Fostering a dog/cat is a fun and compensating experience that the entire family can take an interest in and get genuine affection consequently.
When you foster a cat you are giving your foster cat the time he should be prepared for selection. When you foster a cat you are helping the safe house or protect learn more about the cat so he can wind up in the most ideal home. When you foster a cat you are socializing the cat to a home domain and potentially getting him used to being around different pets and different sorts of individuals.
In order to enjoy the experience of being a foster carer for cats you have to adaptable, patient, and affection to animals. For the experience to turn out well for the foster guardian and the rescue association (and, a large portion of all, the cat), it’s pivotal that all gatherings communicate and be clear about their desires and obligations.
You, as well, can have a tremendous effect and procure the happy rewards of fostering experience of caring for kittens while they wait for their forever home.
We love being foster carers, knowing that every day we are helping cats and kittens find homes, feel loved and help them become social adult cats when they grow up. Do you have an experience of being a foster carer?
Meow for now… Kristian
Sunday Selfie: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Seamus & Fat Tony
Thank you to everyone who left us comments with suggestions for the kittens names. We ended up deciding on a couple of everyone’s suggestions and have come up with the names Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Seamus & Fat Tony.
If you want to see our adorable picture introducing these guys… it’s below.
But, for our Sunday Selfie we really wanted to take some individual photos of the kittens but they are so difficult to photo… so instead, here is this photo for our Sunday Selfie… if you print it out and hold it to a mirror you can pretend it’s all four of them 🙂
… as always, we are joining Cat on my Head for this lovely blog hop.
Meow for now… Kristian
Caturday Art: Happy Kitty, Sleepy Kitty
As you may know, I love using Prisma for some of these Caturday Art blog hops. As an app – it’s fantastic. It’s easy to use and so much fun seeing how different things turn out. We’ve been using it for a while and have always loved the results.
Some days though… the artwork just doesn’t seem to work out for me.
Today is one of those days… The kittens here were just coming home from their check ups and the joyful look on Snoopy’s face (or it could be Charlie Brown) was an absolute pleasure to capture on my phone and that quick moment has been immortalized. None, of the Prisma filters seemed to do it justice… though I tried.
Take a look at my efforts below and let me know what you think. Which one turned out the best?
The original photo
The altered artwork
…and the other one
Meow for now… Kristian
Toxoplasmosis & Pregnancy When You Have A Cat
Toxoplasmosis is an infection you can get from a tiny parasite that can live in cats. Although the infection causes a mild symptomless illness in people with healthy immune systems, it’s risky during pregnancy. In expecting women the parasite may infect the placenta and unborn child. In the United States, researchers estimate that between 400 and 4,000 babies of 4 million births are born with toxoplasmosis. This infection can cause devastating effects, such as stillbirth and neurological damage. Fortunately, there’re a lot you can do to prevent infection.
How toxoplasmosis is spread
Experts estimate that approximately half of toxoplasmosis infections are caused by eating raw or undercooked infected meat. It can also be caused by drinking contaminated water, handling contaminated soil or cat litter, and touching your eyes, mouth, or nose. Toxoplasmosis can’t be transmitted from person to person, except from mother to unborn child and infected organ transplant or blood transfusion.
The effects of toxoplasmosis
In most cases, infected people don’t realize they have caught toxoplasmosis. This infection doesn’t usually cause any symptoms. However, it can cause symptoms similar to glandular fever or flu. People who have been infected with toxoplasmosis, are thought to be protected for life, unless they suffer an impairment of their immune system. This infection can be dangerous to a person whose immune system is compromised or underdeveloped. For instance, a person infected with HIV/AIDS, a pregnant woman or a person on immune-suppressant drugs. The immune system of these people is unable to restrict the spread of this infection.
How to prevent toxoplasmosis during pregnancy
- Wash your hands before handling food
- Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them
- Thoroughly cook meat
- Don’t drink unpasteurized milk, cream or cheese
- Wash your hands after gardening or handling soil
- Wash your hands in case you come in contact with farm animals, such as sheep
- Use gloves and wash your hands after handling your cat’s litter tray, or let someone else deal with it if you are pregnant
Toxoplasmosis blood test involves taking blood from the expectant mother. The blood tests look for antibodies produced by the body to fight this infection. Depending on the type of antibodies found, your doctor can estimate when the infection took place. Local laboratories may refer blood to the Toxoplasma Reference Laboratory to determine whether your levels of antibodies are rising, falling or stable. If you want to know your antibody status prior to pregnancy, consult your doctor to discuss the benefits and problems of doing the test.
How to know if your unborn child has been infected with toxoplasmosis
Further tests can be done to find out if your baby is infected. Tests like Amniocentesis (removal of amniotic fluid by a fine needle from the amniotic sac) and Cordocentesis (removal of the baby’s blood from the umbilical cord) can be carried out. These tests are carried out for toxoplasmosis only if the current infection had been diagnosed by previous blood test on the mother. They are done after 15 weeks of pregnancy. If the result is positive, your baby will be considered to be infected.
If your blood tests positive, spiramycin, an antibiotic, will be prescribed to you. This drug reduces the risk of the infection being passed to your baby, but it’s not active against the parasite. Therefore, it can’t limit damage if your baby is already infected. Combination of sulphadiazine and pyrimethamine will be described if your baby is infected. These are strong antibiotics that limit any damage to your baby.
Meow for now… Kristian
Foster Care – Introducing To Existing Family
Sometimes just one kitty is not enough! If you are planning to introduce a new cat into your household, then you are sure to find these simple yet effective tips for introducing two cats very handy.
A quick caveat before you start
Remember, though, any combination of cats comes with the following caveat: you cannot force two cats to like each other! So do not be discouraged if, after all of your attempts your two kitties cannot stand the sight of each other. Cats are complex creatures with their own moods and personalities – and part of this complexity is why we love them. Cat standoffs will usually simply end in a haughty silence, so you can certainly have two cats in your home who are not the best of friends.
If things get really difficult between your cats, though, you may have to re-home one of them, or each give them a designated part of the house into which the other is not allowed to venture.
Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence, so read on to find out how best to introduce two cats to each other.
Kittens are easiest to introduce
Kittens have tiny territories, and if they grow up together they are much more likely to be friends for life. So, if you have always known that you would like to have several cats in your household, why not start things off the easy way by getting several kittens at once?
If one or more of the cats is an adult, though, the following tips for introducing two cats will help you to navigate this potentially tricky area with ease…
Think about the cats’ positions in the house
If one of the cats has been living in your home for their whole life and the other cat is a newcomer, then the new cat is arriving into your existing cat’s territory. Dealing with this situation takes some sensitivity. The best thing that you can do to start off with is to keep the two cats separated. Keep the new cat in its own room, where it feels safe and secure – make sure that it has a nice soft place to sleep and plenty of toys too!
Then, you can start feeding the two cats on opposite sides of the same door, so that they are aware of each other and yet do not have the opportunity to fight.Do this for a week or so: however long you think feels comfortable. Feeding them in this way at the same time, twice a day, will enable them to develop a routine of living together which they can then stick to once they have been formally introduced.
The big introduction…
First impressions count, and with two cats, this should be done under human supervision! Wait until the two cats’ dinner time has arrived and then feed them together, this time without any door in the way. Hopefully, they will just get down to eating their food from their separate bowls and perhaps sniff each other curiously. As they get to know each other better they may well become the firmest of friends and spend endless hours spooning together on the couch when you are away at work.
If things go awry…
You need to be on hand during this first meeting. Though, if you have done everything right and given both cats plenty of love and affection and introduced them slowly and carefully, you should be ok, the possibility remains that they might not take to each other straight away. Behavior to look out for includes: hissing, growling, arched backs, fluffed out tails and bared teeth. If you see any of this behavior, remove one of the cats from the situation in case they start to fight.
Stereotypically male cats are more aggressive, particularly if they have not yet been neutered. This can be due to hormones and the more intensely territorial behavior that results from them. However, I have also seen plenty of male cats get along just fine at a first meeting! As I said, who know what will happen? You need to play it by ear and be sensitive to any changes in the situation.
Good luck introducing your two feline friends to each other! I hope they get along perfectly.
Share your own experiences of introducing two cats.
Meow for now… Kristian