Rescuing kittens

So I’ve been approved as a foster for kittens through the Dallas Animal Shelter. It’s kinda funny because this is something I always thought I’d want to do later in life.

I’m not actually sure I’m ready to do it now. I would have to get a fair amount of supplies for the startup. Although one of the training videos I had to watch suggested having a “kitten shower,” in which people buy you the supplies you’ll need. Kind of like a baby shower, only for kittens! I think that idea is so stinking adorable and if someone I knew was having a kitten shower, I would definitely donate!

One of my initial concerns was how to keep the kittens separated from my cats. It turns out that that’s not really a concern because you have to keep them separated from your personal pets.

The other initial concern was that I wasn’t sure I’d want to let them go to adoptive homes. After watching the training videos, I’m honestly less concerned about that. I see my potential role as being about nurturing vulnerable kittens until they are safe to be adopted.

I’ve honestly always had a soft spot in my heart for animal rescue, especially cats. Anything that protects more vulnerable kittens until they’re of an age to be adoptable sounds like an important role to me.

The good news is that you can choose the age of kittens you want to foster. I probably wouldn’t want to foster kittens under four weeks old because you have to feed them every two hours around the clock and I don’t think that would be good for my health.

However, I am concerned about two things: vet bills and the threat of a disease called panleukopenia (feline parvovirus.) I’d have to have a good relationship with a vet so that kittens could get immediate care and that could get costly. (My own cat Roshi seems to have a stuck hairball or an obstruction right now and has to go to the vet tomorrow. I am very worried about him and I admit that I’m also a little worried about the cost, too.)

Kittens can survive panleukopenia with a lot of supportive care, but even with supportive care, they still might die anyway. Being honest with myself, I’m not sure I could handle that.

At the same time, I do really believe in the importance of the cause and I’m sure I’ll do it at some point. I’m just not sure that now is that time yet.

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