I think we all just have different viewpoints. My goal is to foster more cats, not keep them all. And if I get one or two that might be impaired, I want to be sure to have room for them. Since Festie's litter was born, 4-6-04, I have adopted out 5 kittens, lost 4 kittens
, and adopted out 4 cats, counting Sugartoes. (She is promised to someone after she recovers from her spay.) One kitten (Smartie) is with another foster mom, so she can have kittens to play with. I'm sure she will be adopted soon.
I have kept 2 kittens (grown up now) for in my house. Adopted some ferals for outside, one feral adopted me, and one nice barn cat adopted me.
I think of adopting them out as sharing the love. And it gives me room to foster another litter. But if you can't or won't or choose not to give up your babies, go for it. As long as you can afford their care, and don't mind scooping all those litterboxes...do it! But if you do find someone who is committed to a lifetime of care for these precious babies, it does feel good to let them have a much needed kitty to love!
Rusty's new Meowmie is thrilled with him, and he loves her. He fell asleep on her chest the first time they met. Her husband had suddenly died recently, and she really needed someone at home to take care of. I have known her for 6 years, and she is a great person.
But I know where you are coming from. As I picked each kitten up and kissed their little faces, I could have easily kept them all. Momma cats, too. But I know I am too lazy to do litterboxes for 12 housecats!
Good luck with your new crowd. Enjoy every minute of it!