Foster Preparation

Preparing Your Family & Pets

Keep your pets up-to-date on vaccinations and preventatives. It is always recommended to consult with your veterinarian to make sure your own animals have received the preventative and treatment they need.

If you are renting, make sure you have your landlord’s approval to foster.

Ensure every family member in the household is prepared for the commitment and emotions involved with fostering. Fostering requires a great deal of time and energy; both emotional and physical.

Keep foster cats/kittens away from your pets. We often pull cats/kittens from animal control facilities or unsanitary conditions; therefore, a foster may come into your home harboring a contagious disease. Even though your pets are vaccinated against many diseases, it is HIGHLY recommended to establish a quarantine period of 14 days in your home unless instructed otherwise. Most diseases will manifest in that 14 day quarantine period.

Before bringing your foster home, make sure you a “cat proof room set aside for the cat/kitten. Remove all poisonous plants, protected cherished furnishings, and put all nick-knacks away. Make sure the room is warm and comfortable.

What You Will Need:

  • Litter box and Litter. We recommend unscented litter. (Non-clumping for pregnant cats and weaning kittens)
  • Playpen, Condo, or Large crate (if applicable)
  • Carrier (with door removed after transport for hiding spot) (If you borrow a PNCA carrier, PLEASE return it clean).
  • Food and water bowls
  • Bedding (towels, blankets, cat beds) that is washable and kept clean and dry at all times
  • Scratchpads and other toys (choose easy to disinfect toys or those that can be disposed)
  • Bleach for disinfecting
  • If you are fostering orphaned kittens, see our Orphan Kitten Manual for additional items

Recommended Foods


  • Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice Dry
  • Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice Canned
  • A variety of caned food options are safe to give adults

Kittens 8 weeks & up

  • Purina One Kitten dry
  • Purina Pro Plan Kitten dry
  • Royal Canin Kitten dry
  • Purina Pro Plan Kitten canned
  • Blue Buffalo Kitten canned
  • Fancy Feast Kitten canned

Kittens 5 – 8 weeks old

  • Royal Canin Mother & Babycat dry
  • Royal Canin Mother & Babycat canned

Kitten younger than 5 weeks

  • Bottle Babies information
  • Nursing Mothers