Last Friday we picked up a new cat from the animal protection services here in Norway. She goes by the name “Tulla”, which means “Tiny” in English. Every year many kittens that nobody “wants” end up within several foster homes in the hope to find their permanent home later. Become a cat foster parent now and save cats in your local neighbourhood.
New Kitten “Tiny”
Last Friday we picked up Tiny. Tiny is a female 1.5 year old kitten (Norway). I do at the moment not know the entire story of the kitten, but we were asked to take care of her for the while as we are cat foster parents for the animal protection here locally.
We have had many other cats in foster care the past years. Currently we have 2 cats in foster care, Foxy and the new Tiny or “Tulla”.
The Importance Of Cat Protection
Cat protection does the job that many others don’t do. It is an important job of keeping everybody save. Every year many thousands of cats get dumped or left behind to take care of their own.
In some cases it is because of misinformation that cats get left alone at home when their family travels for holidays. In other cases it is by will to harm the animal, just because they do not want to have the responsibility any longer.
Cat protection takes care of a lot of cats, not just the mistreatment cases or the misinformation cases, but also the cases where the owners have passed away and the animal is left behind.
Some cats get lost while they are outside or end up ill or perhaps in an accident. The cat protection takes care of this all.
Cat Protection picks up found cats, but more often than not get dumped cats on them. In some cases the cat protection has to catch the cat in question using special traps. It is a job that requires a lot of patience, but it is well worth it.
The biggest reward to cat protection is when a cat is saved, ends up being healthy and then gets adopted to a permanent place they can truly call home.
Cat Foster Parents
Cat protection and similar organisations are voluntary organisations that often make use of a foster parental care system where cat foster parents have one or multiple foster cats living by them.
The cat foster parent takes care of the cat by giving it much-needed attention, food, water, a litter box, play and medical attention.
As it is a voluntary job, you do not get paid for such a job, but expenses such as veterinary bills, food and cat litter (as well as the tools if you had never cats before) are provided by the cat protection organization.
Horror Stories and Happy Stories
Every year there are unfortunately many horror stories about mistreatment of cats (and other animals). This doesn’t occur just in the summer holidays when people leave their homes for a holiday, but also in the winter months when it is way too cold for cats to stay outdoors 24/7.
Cat protection is also active in cat saving projects during environmental emergencies such as forest fires, floods, volcano eruptions and more.
Most projects that we have taken part in are however of the type where someone did not spay/neuter their cat and suddenly an ever growing colony of cats and kittens is found in a neighbourhood. These cats get captured, get a medical check-up and are then spayed or neutered before ending up in a cat foster home. The end goal is still the same, to have them adopted into a permanent place they can call home.
The horror stories are the hurt cats or the cat colonies that have gotten Fiv, a feline form of AIDS or other terrible illnesses. In most cases it means a quick end of their lives.
The happy stories are of those cats that can be saved, end up in foster care and get adopted to a place they can be happy in.
Become A Cat Foster Parent
There are many reasons to become a cat foster parent. Perhaps you have cats from before and you just love to save another cat’s life. Perhaps you had never cats and would love to have a cat that doesn’t permanently stay in your home.
Is It Difficult To Become a Cat Foster Parent?
It isn’t difficult to take care of a cat. Cats are pretty easy for that matter, but they are companion animals and do require you to be home sometimes. They love you around and most love to cuddle. The shy and scared cats might not show themselves immediately, but they might get used to you and come out even when you are sitting in the room, so it is important to be in the same room when you can.
I Got A Job, Is That A Problem?
If you got a daily job, you might think that it is cruel or something, but most cats sleep a good 16 hours during the day, so you being there for them in the evening hours and the morning before you leave for work might just as well be enough for them.
Are There Any Requirements?
You will notice that in most cases the requirement is that you live in a safe place or that your foster cat can be in a safe place. In most cases they ask you to keep the cat indoors, unless you live in a secluded area without any traffic, then you might be lucky that they can go out. In any case, the first 3-8 weeks they are not allowed to go out, because they need to get used to that you are their “home”.
In some cases they require you to have a way to transport yourself, such as a car, but this is probably not in effect in every place in the world, it really depends on where you live and which cat protection service you work with.
Does It Cost (Much) Money?
This depends on a bit, but most cat foster parent projects are through a voluntary organization that have funds to pay for food, cat litter, cat equipment and medical bills. Most of the costs in this, is via the possible driving you need to do with a cat to the vet and back.
The other cost is a time cost. It will cost you TIME to take care of them properly. With cats in the house it means also an extra cleaning effort such as the litter box. Some cats require brushing or bathing which is also an extra effort, but it is mostly a rewarding one.
Taking care of a cat or cats is very therapeutic. You can talk to the cat and you might get your answers back from them, but in most cases you will just be comforted by them in the form of cuddles, kisses and a friendly purr.
How Do I Become A Cat Foster Parent?
To become a cat foster parent, you will need to find out where your local cat protection or RSPCA/ASPCA is located. It is best to take directly contact with them and ask them about becoming a foster parent. Most cat protection organisations have not enough cat foster parents and too many cats projects going, so there is generally always a need for more help.
I do not know every cat protection organization in the world, but here are a few to look for:
It is really worth to take care of cats, because cats also give really much back to you. They are lovely companions to have with you and it is great to do something good (goodwill) for someone or something. Goodwill will reward itself and gives purpose in life.
There are so many cats that need help or need a new home. If you are thinking of becoming a cat foster parent, then you should definitely check out your local cat protection organization and ask them about it.
Are you more interested in getting a new cat, perhaps you should also seek out your local cat protection organisation and ask about the available cats for adoption!
Any questions or remarks regarding cat protection or becoming a cat foster parent? Please leave them below.