First off...what are the ages and sexes of the kittes, and have they been spayed/neutered yet???
Secondly, buy some vanilla extract, or something no-toxic to kitties along those lines and put a pinch on each kitty- between the shoulder blades, and on the tips of their noses...that way they all smell the same and will be less inclinded to attack each other. Also put some on your clothes and hands so that you will smell the same to them and be less of a threat. I also recommend you keep the new fosters away from your animals in a seperate room if you haven't already. I've heard wonderful things about Feliway- you might want to buy some at your local pet store and put it in the room with the kitties- it helps the kitties relax. Next i suggest making the new room you have the kitties in as comfortable for them as you can....multiple litter pans, plenty of food & water dishes, perches, places to sleep & climp, catnip and catgrass plants, toys....Make their environment feel like home so they will adjust more kindly to their new surroundings.
Also, if any of the kitties have aggression issues- i suggest trimming their nails and putting SoftClaws on them to prevent injuries. As far as taming the kitties go...once they are born feral...or abused to the point where they are afraid of human contact....the main things to remember are time and patience. I suggest playing some soft music in the room for the kitties, Then go into the middle of the room and sit down ..you want to be on their level-not towering over them....that way you can make eye contact with them and they won't see you soo much as a giant or a threat
. Sit in the middle of the room and place yummy kitty treats in a small circle around you...also have some in your hand. The thing to remember when socializing kitties- is to let them come to you first. That way things are on their terms and they feel safer in a new environment...If you approach them first, they may run or fight back if they see you as a threat. It takes a while sometimes, but patience is key...Sit in the floor...and let them come to you. It may take a while and you may have to start out only spending 5 minutes in the room...let them get used to seeing you for 5 minutes, then spend 10 minutes in the room...the more familiar and less threatening you become, the more likely they are to approach you. Also, when they do come up to you and allow you to touch them, gently begin stroking you hands down their back...that way, when you get ready to brush them, they will be less frightened and more used to being handled...also, if they will let you, open their mouths, play with their feet, look in their ears- get them accustomed to being touched and handled, that way if they ever need a bath or a trip to the emergency vet, it will be that much easier- but remember...ease them into this over time...not all at once.
Once the kitties are accustomed to seeing you as a non-threatening thing, then you should try standing in the same spot of the room for a few minutes....let them get used to you moving around in a circle around the room- it sounds silly, but it will really make a difference with frightened kitties- the thing is to adjust them slowly over time. Also, look into having them spay/neutered if you haven't already. Lots of low cost vet clinics do wonderful work. Or if you volunteer out of a shelter they might spay them for you. Having them altared will cut down on termperment issues and calm them down a bit. But until then, keep the males seperate from the females if they haven't all been fixed. I also suggest sleeping with some clean kitty bedding and getting your scent on it then placing it throughout the room that the kitties are in....this will help them grow accustom to your scent and see you as less of a threat. I also highly recommend picking up a copy of "Cats for Dummies"...that book is incredable! It has wonderful ideas covering everything from grooming to socializing kitties
. I have found it to be such a helpful reference over the years. I really recommend checking it out from your local libary- the tips and ideas in there are priceless
Also, once the kitties grow accustom then you can begin to introduce them to new noises and sounds that are common in households...things that they would hear in a normal home....vaccume cleaners, dish washers, microwaves, can openers...when they are ready. This way, the transition from your foster home into a forever home will be that much easier. I'm sure there is a lot of stuff i've left out....it's 2:30am in Memphis (i'm up with the foster kittens
)...But if you think of anything else, please feel free to pm me. I'm sending you lots of vibes! Those kitties are lucky to have you looking after them right now
I know how hard it can be, please feel free to pm me if there's any way i can help you....also, if the kittens are really young, please keep them warm and check out www.kitten-rescue.com
If you come up with any more questions, i'd be happy to try and answer them for you. Have a lovely night!