Fine example of kitten fostering
Helen King has fostered kittens who are feral or have been abandoned through the Animal Welfare League for around a decade, and more cat foster parents are needed.
IF YOU love cute little kittens but aren’t too keen on the commitment of owning a pet long-term, then you may want to follow the example of one Dharruk couple.
Helen and Vic King have fostered kittens who are feral or have been abandoned through the Animal Welfare League for around a decade.
They’ve looked after dozens of mostly kittens before they’ve been rehomed, and helped tame the ones that were wary of being touched.
“You get a lot of pleasure from them, they’re beautiful little kittens, especially for people who have never had cats in their life. You know you’re doing a good thing by giving them a home,” Mrs King said.
The couple have turned their front veranda into a kitten playground, with climbing poles and scratching posts for their pleasure.
They are usually given the kittens when they are three weeks old, and keep them for another two months before the are ready to be adopted out.
“They are very low maintenance, and a lot of the cats have been rehomed in apartments. They’re not like a dog, you don’t need a yard, and they are very clean,” she said,
“Even a little one that was found outside crying only two weeks old, we fed her with a bottle, and within three weeks she was using the kitty litter.”
The Animal Welfare League is calling for more cat foster carers to look after kittens before they are adopted out.
Animal Welfare League cat fosterer Helen King with Baby.