Recently, I went to a class at an animal shelter and I wound up coming home with 2 foster cats. While the seniors have always struck me more than any other age, these two were a special case. Their names are Pye and Kimby, and they have lived together for the last 14 years. Pye is 14 and Kimby is 16. Sadly, their owner passed away in March and his family had no option other than surrendering the cats to the shelter. The had been doing well, until Pye’s eating slowed noticeably and it was clear he was depressed and was shutting down. Once I heard this and realized the grim outlook, I offered to foster them both right away.
The good news is that after a week and a half of fluids and of hand-feeding fresh fish cooked especially for him (I think maybe he milked this longer than necessary), Pye was back to his old self. He is now off fluids and eating plenty of canned and dry food.Pye is warming up to me nicely, and Kimby is taking her own time getting there. They will both remain with me until – er, IF - they find a permanent home. You can see their Petfinder profile here
The rewards of fostering any animal can be extremely heartwarming. There are so many animals out there in need of a foster home. You can choose from kittens, puppies, adults, adolescents, and seniors. You can follow this link for numerous articles regarding cat fostering, and this article regarding the importance of foster homes for cats. Are you more of a dog person? We have many articles on that, too!