Being a foster parent is a highly rewarding and satisfying experience, without the responsibility of making a lifetime commitment! CC4C depends on our fosters and could not rescue the number of cats we rescue without them. Being a foster parent is critical to our mission of saving the lives of homeless cats and kittens—and the more fosters we have, the more cats and kittens we can save and find them loving homes.
Being a foster parent requires opening up your home, a room, or part of your home to give a needy cat(s) the space, safety, attention, care, and feeding necessary to rehabilitate it and prepare it for adoption. It is not something to be taken lightly, but carries the commitment and responsibility of caring for the cat until the cat is adopted, which can be a week or one to two months, or sometimes longer. Each cat’s situation is different and varies depending on the particular cat or kittenA young cat under 1 year of age..
CC4C foster parents are supported by a sponsor/member to provide guidance on how to care for your particular foster cat. We try to furnish each foster with necessary supplies, including medical support, but we depend on the foster to provide cat food, litter, and lots of love!
We especially need assistance during the late spring and summer months, as kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. season always means a surplus of kittens to care for. CC4C can always use experienced bottle-baby feeders or families looking for the experience of helping kittens and mama cats.
Typical foster responsibilities include:
- Daily feeding of your foster cat(s) or kittens
- Daily litter box cleaning
- Attention to the medical needs of the cat (if any)
- Time, lots of time to love, snuggle, play and socialize with your foster(s)
- Taking your foster(s) to the adoption sites on the weekends
If you are interested in being a foster, please read our Foster Agreement PDF and mail it to:
CC4C at P.O. Box 3795, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.
What is “Fostering”?
Fostering is when you have one or more cats or kittens in your home, usually in a bathroom or a laundry room. It’s important that the room not have furniture that cats or kittens can hide under or behind. Your task as a foster is to socialize the cat(s) through plenty of loving contact and attention.
What kind of cats need foster care?
“Newborns” are kittens that are 1 to 28 days old. If they have their mama with them, then Mama will be with you to care for her babies. If these babies do not have their mama, you will be bottle feeding them (see our Bottle BabiesKittens that have lost their mother and are without mother’s milk and require surrogate supplemental commercial milk replacement and supportive care. Kittens will require nursing bottles and nipples and commercial kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. milk replacement such as KMRMilk replacement or supplement for kittens, newborn to six weeks of age. This colostrum milk gives extra nutrition and temporary immunity against some diseases. It can also be given to pregnant and lactating cats. Before feeding to kittens, warm KMR to room or body temperature. and a pinch of plain yogurt (for every feeding), which will help the kitty's digestion. There are several good milk replacers on the market, available in liquid or powder form. The ready-mix liquid is more convenient. The product must be engineered for kittens and fresh (some have a short shelf-life). Milk replacers can be found in any pet supplies store, most veterinary clinics, and even in some variety stores. page for more information). Mamas and newborns do not go to adoptions. It is especially important with a Mama and babies that you have a calm, quiet, safe room. Mama cats are very protective of their litters and we want them all to know that they are safe.
“Toddlers” are the kittens between 4 and 8 weeks of age. These are the babies that can eat on their own and just need a place to get fat, strong, healthy and happy. Because they come in off the street from scary places, they need a lot of love and care. They may hiss, growl and resist your love, but with persistence and patience on your part, they can turn a corner overnight and become wonderful purring balls of fluff that live to snuggle with you.
“Kittens” (2 to 6 months) and “Kit-teens” (6 months to a year) perhaps need the most from you. Kittens go to adoptions as soon as they weigh 2 pound and are about 8 weeks old, have been tested and started their vaccinations. The longer a kitty has to survive outside, the longer it may take to teach it to trust you. For more information see our Taming Feral Kittens page.
What do I need?
You would need to supply the food, litter, bedding, toys, and food dishes. This is considered part of the donation that you are giving to Kitty and to our group. CC4C covers basic medical treatments or procedures for Kitty.
Most importantly, you need to love, pet, snuggle, and play with Kitty to develop a well socialized kitty that is ready for adoption.
What is the adoption process?
Kitty must weigh at least 2 lbs, be leukemiasee FeLVFeline Leukemia Virus, FeLV, is a retrovirus transmitted between infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved, for example when sharing a feeding dish. The infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease. There are three main types of the virus and FeLV-positive cats can be infected with one, two, or all three types including: FeLV-A causes severe immunosuppression or a weakened immune system. FeLV-B causes neoplastic disease (tumors and other abnormal tissue trowths). FeLV-C is the most rare and causes severe anemia. The virus replicates in the body once infected, then spreads via the bloodstream to other parts of the body, namely the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and intestinal tissues. – Feline Leukemia Virus tested, de-flead, de-wormed, and have started vaccinations. These activities will all be coordinated with your CC4C sponsor.
When Kitty is considered “socialized”, we ask that you regularly bring Kitty to your designated adoption site. Adoption hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00. Kitty needs to be dropped off no later than 12:50 and picked up by 3:45. If you can come to adoptions both days, it helps Kitty be seen and increases the chances of adoption since you can share his story and personality with potential adopters.
The fostering relationship can last anywhere from a few short days to several months… and really depends on making a match between Kitty and adopter so that both will be happy. We ask that you keep Kitty until he is adopted. CC4C does not have a shelter or a facility, so we are very dependent on fosters like you keeping Kitty until his new forever home is found.