CAT HEALTH & CARE forum: Fostering family cats

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ImageDutchlady1
Jul 13, 2010 4:37 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
My DS is shortly going off to live in a new city, and while he is getting himself situated over there DH and I will be fostering his two cats.
Now - we have never owned cats before, but the two cats have been to our house, and we to theirs, and they are comfortable with us. However, we are still talking about a major change in their environment and of course they will miss their 'master'.
They are both neutered males, almost two years old, and in excellent health. They have been indoor cats, and we intend to keep it that way with the exception that we have an enclosed lanai with a pool which they will be allowed to explore. I am even wondering if that could be their main living area (with a catflap to the indoors).

I would appreciate any suggestions and observations from the members of this forum.

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Imagesunfarm
Jul 13, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Look like two nice additions to your household, if only temporarily. Even if they are young and healthy, they probably like routines, so even in a new environment you should probably stick to food(s) they already like and are accustomed to. Is there a nearby vet who has their records in case any problems arise? Just watch their environment to avoid any house plants they might get sick from nibbling and be alert to anything they might choose to play with that might be inappropriate. Enjoy their company!
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
ImageDutchlady1
Jul 13, 2010 9:30 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Good point about the vet's records. I will make sure I get those.
Imagemeezers6
Jul 18, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Wisconsin
You might enjoy your houseguests so much that you will miss them when they go to their new home.

If the lanai gets very warm they might need the cat door to get access to cooler rooms. Keep plenty of water out there for them. Have fun!!
It's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
ImageDutchlady1
Jul 18, 2010 4:57 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Thanks. Cat door has been installed, and I have also ordered a ramp that would allow them to get out of the pool should they inadvertently fall in.
I know I will miss them when they go, but DS will miss them while he is away.... so he gets them back when he is ready for them.
ImageDutchlady1
Aug 17, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Well, the cats have settled in very well, and are enjoying the outdoors in my lanai every day. They have quickly gotten used to the catflap and are in and out all the time.
I am also enjoying their company.
One 'bonus' Glare of this is the fact that one of the cats keeps bringing me treats.... and I am really not that crazy about him bringing lizards into the house and then watching him kill it....
I know they are supposed to be presents for me, and that I should praise them, but today it was three lizards.... I say enough already, he is turning into The Terminator! Crying
Any suggestions?
Imagesunfarm
Aug 17, 2010 5:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Wish I could help. Our cats stay indoors, but the one is ever alert to the occasional unlucky skink that comes onto the porch under the door. Sometimes I find just the tail and can save the critter (they will regrow), but not always.
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
ImageMaridell
Aug 17, 2010 8:04 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
3 lizards YUCKY. It is so hard to praise them for that. I suppose the lizards are in endless supply too? Would aversion "therapy" work? Such as shaking a noisy can of coins (I read that somewhere) or spraying kitty in the face with water when he brings a lizard in...then if he drops it long enough for you to grab it praise him? Our cats rarely have the opportunity to bring us "live" gifts. One kitty brings us little rubber balls...you should hear the goofy noise she makes with that ball in her mouth. She likes to do this when we go to bed Thumbs down
ImageDutchlady1
Aug 18, 2010 3:45 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Spraying water at them here is a sign of major disapproval, and I have been told that s NOT the way to deal with the gift-bringing.
I had been away for a day and maybe they just wanted to welcome me back. However if the trend continues I will have to do something....
Yes, the great outdoors here, and consequently the lanai, has an unlimited supply of 'anoles' or small lizards. This time of year there are a lot of tiny ones too.
ImageMaridell
Aug 18, 2010 6:49 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Water in face is out, we don't like to hurt our kitties feelings either. Maybe it was what you suggested, being away for a day and wanting you to know they missed you.
Imagemeezers6
Aug 18, 2010 12:22 PM CST
Wisconsin
Sometimes just voicing your disapproval changes behavior. Bear in mind they are cats, and I said sometimes. LOL
It's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
ImageDutchlady1
Aug 18, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh but I have been told that it is important NOT to show disapproval - him bringing me gifts should be applauded, and if I show disapproval, he will think it wasn't enough and bring more. This is according to cat-books.....
It's a dilemma. And yes, he is definitely doing this for me. Otherwise I would find dead lizards when I get home from work. And I don't. But he brought me one 15 minutes after I got home....
ImageMaridell
Aug 18, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
When our cats are outside with us and chase down a bird or rabbit my first instinct is to say no and scold...but we always give praise instead..guess my husband is smarter than I give him credit for. Rolling on the floor laughing

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