Originally Posted by lostmary
Thank you for the info. I'll check them out. I did have one more quick question, how long do you keep them for? I have a room in the back of the house that I had Gray Cat in when I thought she was expecting. It is all set up.
It always depends... sometimes we dont get the fosters until the kittens are born, and sometimes we get the moms weeks
before they are due. After the kittens are born, I keep them anywhere from 6-12 weeks... depending on the case. Once they are old enough for shots, their need for fostering lessens, although it is beneficial to be somewhere stress-free.
Plus there is the added socialization (other cats, dogs and kids) fostering affords them.
Our shelter sets up the adoptions, so this is something I never have to worry about, although I have referred a lot of my friends and family over the years.
Depending on the cat, most of the time, when they come in, they want _nothing_ to do with your resident cats... but I have found most warm up to them before their stay is over. Remember they are extra protective because of their babies. It's nice that you have a separate area you can set up. And the bonus to fostering from the shelter is you know they have already been checked over for disease and given flea treatment, so your risk there is reduced as opposed to just bringing in a stray off the street. Plus they offer assistance should the mom or babies need medical attention!