Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday cat selfie question: When are foster kittens ready to leave your home?

Kathleen the foster kitten
My three foster kittens have been here for about 3 weeks, and their age is up for debate. Some say that they're about 6 weeks old. Others say that they're 8 weeks old. All I know is that they're getting bigger--and busier--by the moment. And soon, they won't be satisfied with life in a bathroom or a writing studio. Soon, they will need a lot more space.

I'm a firm believer in keeping fosters away from resident cats. These little ones have not been tested for communicable disease, and I have no idea if their little bodies are carrying things that can make the residents sick. So they cannot have all the room they want to roam. And that means I want them to head to a home as soon as possible. That's the best way to preserve their mental health.

So this week, for the Sunday Selfie series hosted by The Cat On My Head, I thought I'd give you an update on how they're doing, in terms of preparing for a new home. We'll go one by one.

Kathleen the foster kitten asleep

Kathleen, shown here and up top, is the smallest of the foster kitten bunch. And in a lot of ways, she's the slowest to develop. She's still a lot messier than her brothers, and she stumbles and trips much more than they do. I know she's the same age as they are, but she will need a little extra time in order to really get ready for the independent life.

In addition, Kathleen came down with a UTI last week, which was absolutely terrifying. Suddenly, there were dots of blood in the cat box, and this wee thing was peeing everywhere. She's on antibiotics now, and she'll need to stay on antibiotics for at least 10 days, when her urine will be rechecked.

Put all that together, and Kathleen is likely to be here for at least 2 more weeks. She's not ready to go quite yet.

Patrick the foster kitten

Sweet Patrick here is closing in on 2 pounds. When he hits 2.25 pounds, he can be neutered. And that means he might be ready for surgery in just a few days. In addition, Patrick is learning how to eat kibble as well as canned food (which is an important switch, if he is to stay in the shelter for any moment of time, as they primarily feed kibble). And, Patrick is 100 percent box trained. He just never has an accident.

Patrick is the first to do everything, when compared to his brother and sister. He's remarkably athletic and brave, and he loves to get into wrestling matches. Out of all of them, Patrick is ready to go right now. And tomorrow is a big day for him.

The executive director of my shelter has a long-time adopter who recently lost a beloved Siamese mix. And I'm told this family adores spunky, feisty little kittens. I'm taking Patrick to meet that family tomorrow. If all goes well, he'll move from surgery into their home, with no stops along the way at the shelter. Fingers crossed!

Fergus the Siamese kitten in a selfie

Fergus is also creeping up on 2 pounds, and his appetite is enormous. He prefers to eat wet food, not kibble, so there's a little work to do there. But he's getting really good about staying clean and tidy after his meals. That's new, and it suggests Fergus is reaching a level of sophistication he didn't have before.

I'm not sure when Fergus will be ready to go back to the shelter. It might be that the shelter staff lets him stay with Kathleen until she's ready for adoption. Or it might be that he reaches weight and heads to the adoption floor soon. There are so few kittens in the shelter now that he faces zero competition. That could mean he'll get snapped up quick.

Popoki the cat gets a chin scratch

I'll  miss these little kittens when they go. But I know Popoki will be thrilled when they are out of the house. She has not met them, but she can hear them and smell them. She doesn't like them at all. I keep telling her she won't have to put up with them much longer. I hope she believes me.

That's the update! Thanks, as always to the hop hosts.

And, if you know of anyone who might be interested in either Kathleen or Fergus, drop me a line, won't you? I'm in Oregon, so there are transportation issues involved, I know. But I'd love to see these sweeties go somewhere wonderful. If you can help, let me know.


  1. Mee-you Lady Jean yur foster kitss are so cute!!!
    mee was a foster kitt all so. Then LdyMum keeped mee (butt shee was all alone).
    Mee will purr an purray fur Kathleen, Fergus an Patrick!!!
    ***paw patsss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

  2. They are all so gorgeous, we suspect that they will be quickly adopted, especially if the shelter is running low on kittens. It would be nice if Fergus could stay with Kathleen until she is ready. Maybe they will even get adopted together. Good luck. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. Hope you're having an excellent weekend.

  4. What precious little angels. I agree 100% about keeping fosters separate from resident cats, and have often wondered how long growing kittens should be cooped up in a small space.

  5. The kitens are delightful, your little girl definitely needs to grow - right, but the boys are SO goodlooking!!!!

  6. Beautiful babies They're sure to get adopted quickly!!! You're doing such good work. Thank you.

  7. These are beautiful babies - we're sure they'll be snapped up quickly!! You're doing a good work. thank you.

  8. The kitties are so cute and Popoki, you are too. Granny would love to take care of kitties, but she can't say goodbye, when they are ready to leave, so she had withdraw herself from the organisation and I am just like Popoki, I have to protect my property ;) Pawkisses for a Happy Peaceful Day :) <3

  9. Oh my stars, they are so cute! If they were here they might never leave.

  10. Great update! They are all absolutely adorable, and we are thankful that they are with you, where they are getting such love and care.

  11. What cuties! I can imagine they will want to explore more soon!