A Day in The Life of a Cat Fosterer
In my house we hit the ground running each day. When I get up, I look after the needs of my own small menagerie of animals first, then attend to my foster cats.
Feeding time is a noisy affair. The cats always behave as if they have never eaten before and demand their food loudly and impatiently. While they are eating, I refresh the litter trays and clean up the foster room.
Next for some fun! Time to cuddle and play. I spend an hour or two with the cats each morning before work. Then I turn the radio on to keep the cats company and leave them to their own devices - to sleep, play or generally get into mischief.
On my return, I repeat the morning routine before spending a few hours each evening playing with and socialising my beloved foster cats. Then I leave them for the night to sleep or, in some cases, to get into more mischief!
Finally, I get some ‘me’ time to relax and unwind before doing it all over again the next day. Fostering is incredibly rewarding and I wouldn't change it for the world. The cats arrive homeless and can be in a sorry old state, but watching them return to full health and good spirits is beyond anything I can describe with words.
When one of my foster cats is rehomed I spend extra time with them on their last day, lavishing them with cuddles and telling them to behave for their new owner. Although I’m delighted that they’ve found a forever home, it’s hard to say goodbye and every cat takes a piece of my heart with them. I’m so grateful to each new family - not only for giving this cat a loving home, but also for helping make space to save another cat.
This foster journey is over so it’s time to deep clean every nook and cranny of the foster room and prepare for my next feline adventure!