Now Multiply this by FOUR!
Plus mom and you will get an idea of what our life will be in a couple weeks. I (N.) have to admit I’m pretty excited, I’ve never had a litter of kittens before. Like most responsible pet owners all my pets have been fixed, with the exception of a litter of puppies (our dog got pregnant right as she came of age to get fixed, go figure) I’ve never been around newborn animals before. The puppies were fabulous and I was young enough and small enough at the time to get to hang out in the dog house with them.
This time we chose to take in a momma cat and her kittens. With our dog off living with my in-laws its been sad and lonely around here, so when I got an email about shelters kittens needing a foster home I couldn’t resist. We arrived at the shelter at the same time as another couple. They claimed the older kittens so we decided to take in mom and her day old babies. The shelter is not a place for little ones. It cost us about $60 to get them set up with food, bowls, litter and a litter box. Oh and a small space heater. Kittens like all newborns need to be kept warm and the 55 degrees we keep our house doesn’t qualify. We used an old box and blanket to make a bed but so far momma cat prefers the carrier we brought her home in, but at least she knows how to use a litter box.
For now we are staying away from the kittens (although I’m itching to hold them) until they get a little older and momma gets to know us a little better. We put them in a large walk in closet and she seems to like it. So far she is nursing and we have our fingers crossed that she keeps up or we will have to bottle feed.
Fostering the kittens was free, simply requiring some paperwork and the promise (in writing) to take good care of them. The shelter provides all the medical care, shots, and spaying so it’s fairly low cost for us. It would have been more so if we had taken one of the big fatty cats that wouldn’t need a heater to stay warm. But as much as the older cats appealed to me I knew the kittens needed a home more. Once they get old enough to get shots and fixed they will be put up for adoption. We plan on helping by posting pics on here and on Craigslist.
If you want a kitten in the next couple months and live near Philly let us know!