What a wonderful animal rescuer you are. You signed up at your local animal shelter to help by fostering a cat. You envisioned the days of the two of you snuggling together as you watched reruns of Sex in the City, sipping Cosmopolitans and playfully batting at a feather on a stick. You never imagined your cat foster experience would end up like THIS!!
If you’ve run into a snag or two with your cat fostering, fear not because there are plenty of resources out there to help you.
Your local animal shelter – Remember that packet of information and phone number that they gave you when you picked up your foster cat from the shelter? Time to dig it back out of the back of the drawer and give them a call. You may not know it but your friendly neighborhood animal shelter has tons of resources and even experienced animal behaviorists that can shed light on your zany cat problems. From peeing outside the litter box to racing around the house like a NASCAR stock car, they can likely steer you in the right direction for where to begin to diagnose your cat woes.
Only a mouse away – Depending on the problem, you can find a wealth of information online about cat behavior problems and potential solutions. Amazing organizations like Best Friends Animal Society and Maddie’s Fund are dedicated to your success and have produced tons of information to help you. Here’s just a few of our favorite resources:
- Best Friends Cat Foster Care Manual – Best Friends Animal Society is a well-known name in many parts of the United States. As leaders in the animal welfare and advocacy movement, they have a wealth of resources for you on cat and even kitten fostering.
- Maddie’s Fund Foster Blogs – Maddie’s fund is focused on education and providing programs to help animals get adopted. They have a pretty active blog and you can read all sorts of posts about how to care for foster cats and how to resolve some of the challenges you may be having.
- Cat Adoption Team – Out west near Portland, OR, the Cat Adoption team is an expert organization when it comes to fostering and adopting cats. They’ve successfully placed more than 40,000 cats since they started in May of 1998 and they have the resources to prove it.
Remember that fostering a cat not only helps socialize it for adoption, but it also helps the shelter by freeing up a space for another resident. It’s probably likely that the problems you’re having with your foster friend are treatable and fixable so don’t despair and make sure to reach out for help.