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5 Tips for New Cat Foster Parents

Fostering cats is not just a noble act; it's a fun adventure filled with purrs, playtime, and plenty of love! When you open your home to a foster cat, you’re giving them a second chance at life and helping shelters make room for more animals in need. As a new foster parent, these five tips can turn your journey into a positive experience for everyone.

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1. Create a Cozy Space


Imagine being plopped into a brand-new place with no idea what's going on—pretty stressful, right? Now think about how a cat feels! They can't just ask questions or tell you how they're feeling, so it's up to us to make their transition smooth and comfy. The best way to start is by giving them a cozy, safe space. For the first few days, set them up in a quiet spot like a bathroom or spare bedroom. Fill it with a snug cat bed, fresh food and water, some fun toys, and a Kitty Poo Club Litter Box.

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2. Be Patient and Observant


Cats often need a little time to get used to their new digs. While we'd love for them to be social butterflies right away, many prefer to play hide-and-seek under the bed for the first few days. Keep an eye on them during the first couple of weeks to learn about their eating and bathroom habits, likes and dislikes, and unique quirks. Let them explore and get comfortable at their own pace. It also helps to keep a journal with this information about your foster, so you can let their forever humans know what’s up. Before you know it, they'll be strutting around like they own the place!

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3. Establish a Routine


One surefire way to help your new foster kitty feel right at home is to establish a routine. Regular feeding times, play sessions, and litter box check-ups not only encourage healthy eating, exercise, and hygiene but also make your furry friend feel safe and secure. Plus, a routine helps you spot any changes in behavior or health. If your kitty starts acting out of the ordinary, it might be a sign they need some extra TLC. A consistent schedule keeps everyone happy and healthy!

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4. Slow Introductions


If you’ve got other pets or young kids, giving your new foster kitty some personal space is super important. Tossing them into an unfamiliar environment full of new sounds and smells can be pretty overwhelming. For the first few weeks, introduce your foster to your other pets and family members slowly. Let them have a safe hideaway where they can chill out when things get to be too much. And remember, don’t leave your kitty alone with other pets until you’re sure everyone can get along peacefully. This way, your new feline friend can settle in at their own pace and feel right at home!

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5. Peace of Mind


Believe it or not, a cat’s litter box is like their little sanctuary. It’s marked with their scent and provides a sense of security. But let’s face it, no cat wants to hang out near a stinky litter box! That’s where Kitty Poo Club comes to the rescue. With Kitty Poo Club, a fresh, new litter box is delivered to your door each month, plus you can add their favorite toys and treats to your auto-ship order all with FREE SHIPPING. No more time wasted on trips to the store and scrubbing stinky plastic which means more time spent with your new feline friend. They’ll always have a fresh, clean spot for their business, and you’ll have an odor-free, leak-free, stress-free home. 

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Looking to foster or adopt? Check with local shelters and rescues, or reference our adoption directory.

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