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First things first: make sure you have a vet on hand to call in case of sudden illness. Due to the under developed immune system in your kittens, they could become suddenly ill...having someone to give you advice is always a great way to get support.
GET CONNECTED! You can join kitten care groups on facebook...these groups are filled with your fellow kitten parents nationwide who are willing to help you through all of it! Getting involved with the kitten community will give you all the support and advice you need. Groups such as the Orphaned Kitten Bottle Feeders and Fosters on facebook.
JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER PAGE! Our team has a closed volunteer group on facebook, Little Lion Warriors, that you will be asked to join if you sign up to be a foster or volunteer. This page is a good way to find support, information on upcoming events, advice for foster needs, or just to keep the crew updated on the fun you're having with your kittens!
"What about my resident animals?"
Saving orphaned kittens is about saving lives...not becoming a cat collector. It's difficult to give them up after creating such a bond with your foster kittens, I know, but remember that there are so many more kittens that need you! Did you know the #1 answer from a majority of people who used to foster and stopped is "I kept the kitten I fostered and don't have space to foster more"? By not foster-failing, you are actually opening yourself up to save literally dozens of kittens' lives!
If your plan is to foster, then foster and remember ... goodbye is the goal! And once you're done, take time to celebrate the amazing deed you've just done and the life you saved. Remember, these kittens would have no chance without you!
Take a moment to watch a video from our friend, Hannah Shaw aka Kitten Lady, talking about foster-failing.
"How am I supposed to say goodbye?"
"Do I have the space they need?"
When fostering kittens, it's always best to keep them in a separate area away from your pets. This is for the happiness and safety of all those involved. Orphaned kittens are very tiny and vulnerable to physical injury and illness. Even if they appear healthy, your cats could be at risk if they are exposed to your foster kitten's saliva or feces before treated for worms and parasites as well as tested for FeLV/FIV. Always keep your pets current on all vaccines and try to quarantine any new kittens for 7 to 10 days. After this quarantine period and combo test is done, you are free to introduce foster kittens to other cats, but you may want to consider keeping them separate.
"Who do I turn to for support?"
When fostering for us at The Little Lion Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, we are able to provide any and all medical care, formula, food for special diets, and start-up supplies. We ask that you, as a foster parent, provide litter and any extra supplies you may want for your kittens. Contact us before hand and chat with us about what you can afford...we can always set up a plan!
Whether you share a room with a friend or you live in a mansion, you really don't need much space to save a kitten's life. When they're tiny, they live perfectly comfortable in a medium sized tupperware bin that you can buy at Target. They will stay in this bin for about the first 3 weeks of their life until they upgrade to a large playpen or an extra room or bathroom. Their area should be safe, soft, warm, easy to sanitize, and away from other animals.
The most comfortable set up is lined with soft blankets with a heat disc underneath while still providing space for them to move away from the heat if they get too warm. Add a SnuggleKitty or some other plush toys. Check out our supplies for recommended items to have for some little nuggets!
"How long will I have my foster kittens for?"
- Brian Tracy, The Gift of Self-Confidence
"Can I still foster even though I work?"
"A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power."
"How much does it cost to foster?"
Our kittens usually get adopted between 8 and 12 weeks of age. Depending on the age of your kittens when you start, you should plan on having them for 2 to 3 months. Caring for orphaned kittens is a time commitment and requires 'round the clock care, but all it takes is a few minutes every few hours to save a life.
Can't provide everyday care for little kittens and you know there's no way around it? TALK TO US ABOUT CO-FOSTERING! Co-fostering allows you to care for kittens without intervening your every day schedule. You get to take care of them for a while, then they go back to their foster once they're back home and can take over!
The answer is, YES! Talk to your employer...you'd be surprised with your answer! Orphaned kittens will usually sleep 16-20 hours a day, making them almost unnoticeable under your desk. Assure your employer that they will not be intrusive and will only require a few minutes of your time every few hours. Suggest a test run! Ask to bring some kittens for one day to see how it goes!
If the answer is no, don't worry! Consider co-fostering! Go to work during the day and take care of kittens at night or even just for a few hours. Talk to us about it!
Before you bring home your first foster kittens, make sure you are prepared! Here are some questions you should consider.
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