If you would like to give a cat a loving home but are unable to make them a permanent family member, consider the option to foster a cat. So many shelter cats are looking for their next forever home, and by fostering you are helping facilitate that need. Of course, pets are family, and every cat deserves to have the chance to have a loving home. Check out these five reasons to foster a cat and provide a feline friend the chance for a happy home for years to come.
Foster a cat: five reasons to open your home to a feline friend
1. Help a cat find their forever home
Often when animal shelters are at capacity, foster parents are called upon to help with the responsibilities of caring for additional cats. Fortunately, these select felines get to stay in the comfort of your own home and get to become a temporary family member. Also, the foster cat you may bring home might vary in gender, breed, or age. For instance, you could be fostering and caring for a young kitten one week and a senior cat a few weeks later. It certainly gives you the opportunity to truly help a vast amount of furry friends!
2. Provide support to other cats in need
By taking on the responsibility to foster a cat – you are also, in turn, helping additional cats that need the space in the shelter. In essence, more cats are able to get quality care when you take the opportunity to foster. If you are interested in becoming a foster owner, check with your local animal welfare organizationson how to get started.
3. Make a new best friend
When you foster a cat it gives you the chance to make a new best friend. Also, you get the chance to learn, grow, and experience new opportunities. Naturally, your feline friend will be right by your side! Certainly, the opportunity to foster a cat is incredibly beneficial to pet and human alike. There is nothing like the friendship of a furry friend.
4. Change a life
When you bring a foster cat into your home, you have the opportunity to change a life. In addition, you are providing a safe, happy, and healthy home environment to this pet. “I think back on all the cats I’ve fostered and I’m so happy I could make a difference in all their lives,” says on-site Trupanion team member and cat foster parent, Katy Thweatt.
5. Give back to animal welfare organizations and help your local community
By deciding to foster and welcome a cat into your home, you are also giving back and helping the animal welfare organization within your community. Essentially, you become a valuable resource to all the pets that need loving homes. Every animal shelteris different, but in most cases, it is a simple application process to get started.
Foster a cat: provide a loving and happy home
When you open your home to a foster cat, you invite a furry friend looking for their next forever family. By providing love, comfort, and care you are changing a cat’s life for their future. And you never know, you might find your feline friend is there to stay.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.