How to Foster an Abandoned Cat

Remember: if the cat or kitten has had a bad experience, get its health checked by a vet. Otherwise, you may regret getting too attached to it.


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    Take your new cat to the vet, unless he is from a shelter and the vets there have already examined him.
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    Be gentle and patient when handling the cat.
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    Speak to him in a calm, reassuring voice.
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    Give him a quiet place to rest undisturbed in your home until he gets used to his new surroundings.
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    Make sure there is not a big crowd around him.
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    Remember that abandoned cats usually have a bad history; so don't force him to do something he doesn't like.
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    Don't try to hold him too much until he is ready.


  • Remember a pet is a long-term commitment. You will need to be buying food and possibly veterinary care for many years to come.
  • Show you love your cat. If he suddenly jumps on your lap or comes from his hiding spot to see everyone, give him a treat to let him know he is wanted around. But do this only once or twice; never overdo it.
  • Remember these 3 things about your cat. It's a living thing, it has feelings, and it is your friend.
  • Adopt cats from shelters too, not just kittens. They need homes too!
  • If you are adopting a kitten, be very gentle. Their bones are fragile.
  • Do not grab/strangle/etc. your cat's tail. The brain of a cat goes up to the end of a tail.


  • If the cat wants to be alone, let him be. Even if he is declawed, his teeth can be sharp!
  • Make sure that the cat has had its shots. You wouldn't want to risk it getting sick or spreading something to another pet.
  • If you have a small child, remember that cats tend to be jealous and will claim territory by urinating on linens and such, so give them attention as well. Show your child how to be nice to the new addition to the family and watch them carefully when they are together for the first few weeks. (The length of this transition period will depend upon the age of the child.)
  • If you're looking for a pet to always be around and play with and go outside and have fun, a cat may not be for you.

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