Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do you adopt one of our furbabies?As kitten fosters, all the kittens under our care are sent to either the HSWC or the ACSPCA for spaying/neutering once they reach a proper weight. From there, our kittens are on a first come first serve basis, arrangements must be made between potential adopters and the shelters themselves. We are not able to reserve kittens from our end. Once you’ve applied, and been approved by the shelter, you must be able to come pick up your future furbaby in person. We absolutely do not “ship” cats of any kind.
- How can I help out?We have a variety of options when it comes to donations, along with a more detailed explanation of funding on our How to Help page. Our Amazon Wishlist is also always being updated with canned food and care items our kittens need.
- How do you get into fostering?Kitten fostering is life-changing! But it doesn’t have to be scary or intensive, very often shelters will allow fostering of all different ages of cats, often dogs too. The best way to know what your options are is to check in with your local SPCA or Humane Society (see links below) and see what they have available. It is important to note that taking care of any animal does involve a fair bit of responsibility, and it doesn’t hurt to read up further before you welcome in a fur friend!
- I found a kitten, how do I take it to a safe shelter?Search in your area for non-kill shelters and let the professionals handle it from there. Kittens taken in are often in a very fragile state, and their health can decline very swiftly even under the best of care. Whether or not you take it to a shelter or choose to foster it on your own we recommend taking any animal rescues in to a veterinarian or shelter to ensure they receive any critical care they need by professionals.
- How do I take care of a kitten if I find one that needs help?If you suspect a kitten is in poor condition always take it to a professional veterinarian as soon as possible. If you aren’t able to get to a professional quickly; giving them a warm, safe place with appropriate food and water is always appreciated by any kitty in need.
- What happens to the momcats?Shortly after the kittens are done nursing, Momcats usually aren’t interested in entertaining their litter of 3-5 pouncing, biting, youthful kittens any longer. When this happens we’ll separate Momcat by letting her hang out with us, or in a laundry room, somewhere where she can have some privacy and allow for her to stop producing milk so she too can be put into an adoption program. Momcats often don’t get adopted over younger kittens, which is too bad, as just about every lady we’ve housed in our Kitten Room have been exceptionally sweet, personable cats.
- When is it ok for a kitten to be taken away from it’s mother?Generally speaking, a kitten that is 8 weeks old, 2 pounds, healthy, social, playing independently or with other kittens, and/or no longer nursing, most shelters will ok a kitten for spay and neuter surgury. (There are some that will prefer to wait until the females are a little older before their surgery.) There are some experts who favor kittens being 10 weeks old before separation from the mother, but in our experience the kittens we’ve fostered have been purring and ready for their new homes by the time they leave our care.
- Why do shelters spay and neuter cats?One cat can have up to 18 kittens in one year, and they can start early; female cats are able to begin having litters of their own after only 4 months of age. While we’d all like to have more cats in the world, compared to when they’re in our homes, cats have a much tougher life outside. This is why a lot of cats come to us with fleas, and why a lot of litters born outside have a higher loss. It’s an unfortunate fact, but its common for people to abandon a pregnant house cat, or sometimes the only the litter. Through spaying and neutering, we can have more happy cats in homes with people that won’t abandon them, and help reduce the overpopulation of cats in shelters.