So, this is way ahead of the game (WAY WAY AHEAD), as this is not a project I’m likely to take on this summer, and it’s SURELY not something that I’d take on with a new baby, and next summer, it’s unlikely something I’d taking on with a crawling baby… so we’re looking a couple of years down the road.
But then- maybe then- I’d like to consider fostering a pregnant cat. Our current–very beloved– cat is spayed, and I’m not looking to add to the pet population around here anytime soon, but oh, how my girls and I would love to have a litter of kittens around. For a SHORT TIME, mind you.
This idea got churning in my head when we recently visited a local, family owned and completely uncommercialized (it is TOO a word!) farm. They had bunnies, pot-belly pigs, llamas (or alpacas; not sure), goats, miniature horses, elk, etc. But with ALL of those animals, my girls would have been 100% satisfied with the litter of barn cats they could hold.
I grew up in a family with lots of pets. When I left home for college, the family pet count was: 3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 (talking) quaker parrot. My grandma has had a business raising dogs (all kinds of small breeds) my whole life. I’ve been around so many litters of things being born, opening their eyes, following me eagerly around the yard… As I said, I’m not interested in OWNING quite the menagerie that my family did growing up, but I think it would be a good experience for my kids to help raise a litter.
Which is why my mind goes to fostering an already-pregnant cat. Or even maybe an already-pregnant dog. (Let’s face it, I know way more about raising a puppy litter than a kitten litter.) Have any of you ever done this? Was it a good experience?
I’m pretty sure we’d be able to do it, and actually let the kittens and mother cat go at the end of it. (Or at least, maybe all but ONE?) Tell me, is this a crazy idea with young children in the home?