Follow my story of becoming a foster mom to feral cats and kittens
I am a volunteer for a couple animal rescues and I foster kittens in the Pittsburgh area. I also assist on an "as needed" basis with TNR to help the feral cats in the area. I am also a CPP (chronic pain patient) suffering with back pain, disk degenerative disease, sciatica, osteoarthritis, and an autoimmune disease - taking care of foster kittens is my THERAPY!
People are always asking me what they can do to help me to continue to helping and fostering homeless and orphaned cats and kittens. A great way to help me would be by purchasing foster supplies from my Amazon Wish List. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on fostering, and will continue to do so. I usually have between 5 and 10 fosters at any time in my house. I pay for everything but medical costs. It’s very costly to feed and care for 10+ cats and kittens.
With Kitten Season quickly approaching, I am trying to prepare to care for my bottle babies. This means more than ever I will need Fancy Feast wet kitten, Royal Canin Mom and Babycat (both wet and dry), and especially lots of KMR kitten formula! KMR is 50% off right now and offered as an “add-on” for Amazon Prime. As KMR never goes on sale, this is an excellent deal!! Thanks for taking a look.
A neighbor contacted me about some kittens he has been feeding. I am attempting to trap them all, socialize and vet them, and get them adopted. Mom of course will be TNRed.
So far I have three of the kittens, who for the most part are very hissy-spitty. The only one that seems to be coming around is this seal point kitten that I named Peanut Butter. He’s very chubby and cute, and seems to want to speak to me in Meow-meow language. Here’s a video clip of a conversation I had with Peanut Butter.
I feel so awful for some of the senior cats that stay at the kitty lounge. Currently we have three seniors that have been waiting seven months now to be adopted! Donors have sponsored them and paid their adoption fees, yet they are still waiting for their forever homes!
Early this morning I was racking my brain thinking of what I could do to promote the adoption of these seniors. The only thing I came up with so far is this flyer that I designed. If anyone out there reading this has any ideas on how to promote senior adoptions, please let me know!
Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering!
Although I haven’t posted anything on my blog in over EIGHT months, trust me, my life has been extremely busy with fostering! I suffer with chronic lower and mid back pain for many years now, but in the past several months things have gotten much worse and I am in an insane amount of pain. I’ve recently been diagnosed with lots of “inflammation” in my body that is most likely a result of an autoimmune disease. As of right now I don’t know which disease I have. I could have more than one!
My pain has stopped me from just about every area in my life, but I refuse to give up fostering or volunteering. It’s far too important for me. Since I’m home most of the time now I’ve been taking on bottle babies, which has been challenging but fun. I don’t do much trapping anymore. Physically I can’t go and sit for hours and hours waiting on traps, or do the walking or climbing that is sometimes required when trapping. I’ve always called myself “the world’s worst trapper” anyhow, although I have been successful trapping a few times. I still have not trapped the kitten machine mama cat that got me into rescue and fostering almost two years ago, but I will save that depressing story for another post. World’s Smartest and Most Trap Savvy Cat lives in my neighborhood!
I’ve gotten very involved with a newer local rescue called Kitty Queen Cat Rescue and Lounge. It’s a kitty lounge where people can come and hang out with the kitties and they pay by the hour and they host different events. Yoga night sells out, it’s the most popular event at the lounge! I volunteer once a week where I go care for the cats that live at the lounge. I help them with their website and listings on AdoptAPet, and I also foster for them. Here is their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kittyqueencatrescue/ . I am still fostering for the Beaver County Humane Society also!
Here are two of my current fosters, Gabby and Hercules. Gabby is the female grey kitten and Hercules is the black male kitten. I got both of them separately but very young. Both orphans and only about 3 weeks old, they were “bottle babies”. Now they are close to four months old and were just spayed and neutered a few days ago. The time for “goodbye” sadly is coming very very soon for these sweet babies!
I posted that I had another foster named Winnie. This is her! I found her out in the cold and rain on my deck last August. Winnie was born to a local feral cat that I feed and provide shelter for. I have also been trying to trap Winnie’s mom since last July! Now we are in February, and I still haven’t trapped her, but I’m still trying!
Winnie was the only kitten I was able to find, so I believe Winnie is the only surviving kitten of the litter. We have hawks in the area and then have been seen swooping down and picking up kittens by my neighbors! 😦 Winnie bonded so much with my 8 year old tabby cat Henrietta that I adopted Winnie! Here are some of her photos below.
I haven’t posted lately, but I plan to start posting lots more soon! I have some new fosters and some of my sweet babies have been adopted. Here is a link to my Instagram page for some recent photos! https://www.instagram.com/fosteringferalkittens/
This page will be to post the foster kittens I am currently caring for.
Ernie is about 8 months old. He is one of my original Smock foster kittens. Ernie tends to be shy, which is why he is still with me. I’ve been working with him and he’s really coming out of his shell. He doesn’t hide at all anymore and interacts with all the cats and kittens. I am still confused by Ernie! He will follow me around the house and he always paws at my feet and ankles, like he is trying to get my attention. If I stop and say “Hi Ernie!”, he takes off! Ernie’s favorite things to do is to take naps on the Ikea kitty beds, playing with toys and the other kittens. His favorite toys are a fake kitten named Comet that is battery operated and runs around, and he loves this stupid Halloween skull. He knows how to press the button and a black snake pops out of the skull and says different sayings. Ernie also LOVES to kick cat litter, so I have litter boxes that are covered or have high sides with him!
When Ernie was a tiny kitten, he developed a condition called “cloudy eye” that resulted from an injury to his eye surface. He was treated with antibiotics for several weeks. His left eye still looks like it has a little “cloud” or film in front of it, but it doesn’t affect his vision and it doesn’t hurt him at all. It may go away on its own with time. Ernie has been neutered, treated for worms and fleas, microchipped, is FIV/FeLV negative, and has been vaccinated for rabies and FVRCP.
UPDATE: Ernie was adopted, along with two other male cats all from Pittsburgh CAT. I personally took Ernie to his new home and met his new family, and I couldn’t be happier! Ernie is loved very much and is going to have an awesome life with his two furry brothers!
Julia is about 7 months old. She is one of my original Smock foster kittens. Julia was one of my smallest fosters, so she used to be shy, but now that she’s getting a little older she’s really opened up and has become quite the little cuddle bug! Julia likes to cuddle up in bed with me and likes to get her belly rubbed! Her favorite thing to do is to pop catnip bubbles with the tip of her nose.
UPDATE: Julia was adopted! A very nice woman adopted Julia. This woman already had one older female cat, and she let me know a few weeks after the adoption that Julia settled in perfectly and gets along great with her new sister. Yay for Julia!!!