It’s spring, and that means kitten season is just around the corner! Kittens require around the clock attention and have immune systems that aren’t developed enough to thrive in a shelter setting. Because of that, shelters are always on the search for foster homes this time of year to keep the kittens safe and healthy until they’re old enough to get their shots, be spayed or neutered, and find a wonderful forever home. As you may have guessed, fostering kittens comes with lots of benefits.
#1 – They’re cute and cuddly
Don’t underestimate the benefits of having severe cuteness in your life. Have you ever looked at a kitten without smiling? They’re not only ridiculously cute, but they’re also cuddly. Kittens who have been separated from their mamas or littermates will seek affection and warmth from someone they trust… you!
#2 – They’re fun
Kittens are full of wild and rambunctious energy. When I’m telling the story, I often compare one foster experience I had (a litter of five extra-wild 6-week old kittens) to that scene in the movie Gremlins where the creatures are in the movie theatre yelling, throwing popcorn, and relishing in total chaos. While there were times when I’d have to stop and make a split-second decision about which kitten to rescue first– the one who had scaled her way to the top of the refrigerator or the one mewing from the top of the curtain– I have rarely had so much non-stop fun and laughter as when I cared for those five rascally babies.
#3 – It’s a short term commitment
Fostering is a great way to experience a lot of the best things kitten have to offer, without the long-term responsibility of adoption. This works out great for a lot of people, including students and those who travel a lot. In most cases, you’ll only foster the kittens until they’re old enough to get adopted. This can also be a good way to get a feel for what it’s like to live with and care for a kitten if you’re on the fence about adopting one.