It’s kitten season, Wanna foster?
June is here and that means it’s kitten season which means it’s foster time! One half the year is over and I was beginning to wonder when I would get another foster cat? Well, just as fast as that thought crossed my mind I got a random text last week after a long day. After dinner I checked my messages and saw one from People for Animals. The subject of the message was titled “Wanna foster?” After clicking on the image and seeing this cutie I said “Heck yeah!”
Meet Sir Peguin Kittyworth!
Within a day I found myself returning to People for Animals to pick up this adorable black and white kitten named Sir Penguin Kittyworth. Yes, that’s really his name. He’s an adorable male tuxedo kitten. When I picked him up he was about 6 weeks old and just had his deworming and first round of shots.
Sir Peguin needed a foster home quickly as to help get his immune system strong and get out of the shelter environment with the other animals. Being here at home with us, is a much more conducive environment for a growing kitten. Having the ability to be in a cleaner, quieter more comfortable setting will do him wonders for socialization and stimulation.
To be perfectly honest, I do not know much more about his background as I forgot to ask!! Imagine that? What can I say? His cute face has me mesmerized. I’m only assuming he is one from a litter from a pregnant cat that was surrendered or TNR (trapped, spayed/neuter and released).
We picked up Sir Penguin last weekend and it’s been just over a week and he’s flourishing. He was so shy and scared the first two days, however taking him in our arms to cuddle and give reassuring hugs and head pats, he’s gaining his confidence.
Sir Penguin should be named Everest because he loves to climb and explore. When he’s in his playtime zone he’s fearless. Honestly, since Precious and Dusty passed away I forgot what it was like having such a young kitten in the home.
He’s in his big crate most the time however my husband and I take him out everyday to roam while being supervised. He’s a kitten so he’s got energy to burn, still learning new sights and sounds and is full of zest for life. Would you expect anything less?
Sir Penguin Kittyworth is pretty mild mannered otherwise as far as I can tell. He does love his playtime and pushing around balls. You can see him in action with my husband in the clip below.
He’s a keeper?
Well, I have a confession to make. I’ve been fostering since last year and loved every minute of it. So when my husband was holding Sir Penguin one random evening, why did I blurt out, “Maybe we should keep him?” Was that a Freudian slip? Am I finally ready to adopt? Maybe. It’s been 4 years since my heart cat Dusty passed away. I know she’s always with us in spirit and no one will ever replace her. At the same time, I know, I cannot live the rest of my life without paws in the home.
My husband likes the idea too. We’ll see what happens. I do want to be in a position to have the adequate space and flexibility to have a cat full time. Perhaps I’m overthinking it but I want my next cat to have the very best of everything.
Time will tell
In the end, time will tell. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. As for now, we are very happy to be foster parents and provide cats a safe place to call home this season and beyond. We anticipate having Sir Penguin for only a couple of weeks. He’ll be due for his next series of shots soon.
Until then we will continue to keep showing him lots of love and cuddles and fatten him up until he is big enough to get neutered.
If you missed out on my other fostering adventures, check out my other posts below.
Remember it’s kitten season so if you interested in being a fosterer or looking for low cost spay neuter services for cats and dogs in the northern New Jersey area, visit People for Animals! Spaying and neutering your pets helps give them quality of life and saves lives!
Let me know in the comments, have you fostered animals in the past? Have you been a foster fail? Share your thoughts! I’d love to hear your story.