Should I foster or adopt ….? That’s one of those million dollar questions to which the best answer is; which of the two best suits your home, working and family situation.
Which ever you choose you will be helping to provide a warm, loving and safe environment to a cat who is in need of help for one reason or another.
Both options have there rewards
And there is no reason why you can’t do both either, so the best of both worlds for you, your family and for the cats.
Undoubtedly, the biggest benefit to fostering is that you are helping a cat who has fallen on hard times, towards a better future. Sometimes this can be the first time in their life that they have felt safe, cared for and loved.
The feeling of achievement when a nervous ex-stray finally comes up to you for a fuss, after maybe weeks (or months) of shying away from human contact, is wonderful. If you ever felt you wanted to make a real difference to an animal's life, then please consider fostering.
When your foster cat goes to its permanent home it will be bittersweet, especially if it has been a tougher case (i.e. working to bring out a shy cat) as well as if the cat has been with you a long time. It's almost heartbreaking and you may wonder why you put yourself through the heartache... until the next needy cat comes in and you're reminded of exactly why you foster: because they need you!
Offering A Mature Cat a Last Chance Home
Sadly, it is the more mature, older cats that tend to be put to sleep first in rescue centres simply because of their much lower adoption rate, however here at The Friends Of The Cat’s we do not destroy any cats, unless advised by the team at Vets4Pets, that there illness is terminal and that there quality of life has reached a point were they are suffering.
And even then we don’t just give up, it’s not our way.
It can be hard to pass by a cute looking kitten and choose an older moggy instead. However, there are so many gorgeous mature cats that really do need a chance to show you just how much love they have to give, that it is definitely worth looking into when considering adopting a cat.
All too often, mature cats end up in rescue centres or abandoned because their owners went through a divorce or moved abroad. It might be because of the new arrival of a baby in the home, but for whatever reason, adult cats have so much to offer. They might not be as cute as a kitten but they are older, wiser and a lot more appreciative of everything they are given, which is why they become such wonderful members of a family
Things To Consider About Adopting A Cat
If you are thinking about adopting a cat from a rescue centre or cat shelter, you might not realise that adult, mature cats have the least chance of being picked for adoption. The unfortunate truth is most people see younger cats and kittens as being the better, and cuter option but in reality, older cats have a lot going for them and can be just as gorgeous to have around a home as a kitten.
Cats are amazingly adaptable when coping with a disability, yet are often overlooked because of it: Three-legged cats, deaf cats, blind or partially sighted cats for example. A disabled cat has just as much love to give as any other cat - the true reward for adopters who look beyond the impairment.