Ansel was our foster cat for the day. We had first discovered him as a stray on Buford Hwy. He was really friendly and pretty much acted like a dog. He followed us around, asking to be pet and loved on. As much as I wanted to take him back with me to California, I knew it wasn’t reasonable. We decided he would be better taken care of at Furkids where he can get his necessary shots and get neutered before finding a permanent home.
Before our appointment at Furkids, we took him home to my parents for the night. I named him Ansel, not to be confused with Ansel Adams, because it meant nobleman’s follower. Had he not been such a good follower, I would have never thought to take him home. We gave him a flea bath and let him play. He would run around, playing with random objects as kittens do, and after he tired himself out, he would fall asleep on my lap.
Because he loves being around people so much, I doubt it will take long before someone will take him home. When we took him to the shelter, they told me it’s unlikely that he’s always been a stray cat. They figure someone had raised him in a home and then dumped him when they didn’t want to take care of him anymore.
I had no idea I could get so attached to this little creature after only being with him for one day. I miss him. If you want to adopt a friendly orange tabby, you can contact Furkids. I’m sure they have given him a different name by now. But you can probably find him by the date we surrendered him to the shelter, Aug 15, and location in Dekalb County. I would LOVE if someone I knew adopted him so that I can come visit every once in a while! ;)
HOW TO FOSTER KITTENS TIPS
- Check your home – Make sure you have the space and it’s kitten proof. Put your toxic plants into a room where they can’t access them. I’ve had a kitten almost fall through the openings of a handrail on the second floor.
- Make sure everyone in your home is okay with having a kitten around. They take up much more energy than having an adult cat. Also, make sure no one is allergic, or they’re willing to deal with their allergies.
- Introduce them to their litter box ASAP – If they are small, prep a shallow litter box that they can easily get in and out of. Use non-clumping litter in case they accidentally ingest it.
- Depending on how young the kitten is, they may need to be bottle fed kitten formula (0-4 weeks), need a shallow water dish (they don’t know how to lap water until they are 3-4 weeks).
- Take them to the vet to make sure they have all their shots.
- If you have other cats in the house, keep them all separated until they have all their shots and the vet says it’s okay.
Are you an animal lover? Have you ever fostered a kitten or a puppy before?