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Welcome to lớn the kitten foster care program with MCAS. Every year the shelter takes in between 500 and 800 kittens. These are the shelter’s most at-risk pets as they are the most fragile, prone to illness and require the most individualized and consistent care. We rely on our foster families khổng lồ help protect & care for these individuals until they are healthy, social và big enough to lớn be altered và placed up for adoption. We ask that our foster families follow the guidelines outlined in this handbook to lớn help make these animals’ experience the best & the safest that it can be. Fostering kittens is a lot of work, but it is also very rewarding và there are hundreds of little lives depending on families like yours. 

Thank you from the MCAS team for becoming a foster parent!


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Table of Contents

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Fostering Process

NotificationPickupFollow-up AppointmentsSurgeryAdoption

The Basics

FeedingCleaning UpLearning About the Litter BoxLife Skills

Setting Up Your Foster Space

Kitten Development Chart

Bottle Baby Kittens

Getting ReadyBottle FeedingSyringe FeedingBurpingEliminationEnvironmentHypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)Overall HealthFeeding Tips and Tricks

Weaning Kittens

Mom and Kittens

A Space For MomUnderstanding Her BehaviorsMaternal Neglect

Common Behavior Concerns

Not Using the Litter BoxRough PlayScratching the Furniture

Confident Kitten Program

Set-upHandlingPicking UpMoving Towards AdoptionAre They Ready?

Common Kitten Health Concerns

DiarrheaVomitingUpper Respiratory Infections (URI)FleasEar MitesLiceRingworm


For emergencies between the hours of 8AM and 5:30PMFor emergencies between the hours of 5:30PM and 8AMNot Immediately Concerning - Appropriate to monitorEmergency 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I let my foster kittens interact with my personal pets?How much time will I need to lớn dedicate to fostering kittens?Are you prepared to lớn work with our veterinary team?How long will I be fostering each group of kittens?What are the comtháng reasons that kittens need fostering?What should I do if my foster kitten bites someone?What if I want to adopt one of my foster kittens?What if one of my friends or family members wants to adopt?How vày I get started?

Additional Resources

Fostering Process


A request for the cats and kittens that are in need of foster will be sent out in an tin nhắn as the need arises but generally once or twice a week. Interested parties can respond to lớn the gmail or call the Foster Coordinator. 

The Foster Coordinator will also maintain a các mục of open foster homes lớn liên hệ directly when a match comes up. Please notify the Foster Coordinator of any particular interest. 


You will make an appointment with the Foster Coordinator khổng lồ pichồng up the kittens and notify them of the need for any supplies. Bring your carrier with you và check in at the front counter when you arrive. 

You will be asked lớn sign a foster agreement & be provided with paperwork including medical records, medications, a tracking sheet, and any other supplies that you needed. 

Follow-up Appointments

Generally speaking, kittens will need an appointment about every three weeks. We attempt to schedule these at your preceding visit. Please tương tác Animal Health, at foster-medical-help lớn schedule these appointments.



Your kittens will be ready for their spay or neuter appointment when they are both eight weeks old and at least two pounds. 

Surgery is generally offered Monday through Friday. You will drop off between 7:30 & 8AM và if they are returning to the foster trang chủ, they can be picked up between 4:30 và 5PM the same day. 

Kittens should have sầu their food withdrawn by 6AM the day of surgery to lớn prevent stomach upset. 


We encourage you lớn network your kittens và find adopters through social truyền thông media, friends & family. If you are not able lớn find an adopter through those methods one of the three following plans should be utilized. 

Kittens may stay after surgery for adoption at MCAS.Kittens may return khổng lồ the foster parent’s home page after surgery và be listed for adoption from there. You will be responsible for showing the kittens to potential adopters.Kittens may be transferred to another agency or hosted at one of our permanent outreach locations. 

You should notify the Foster Coordinator at least one week prior khổng lồ surgery with the desired adoption plan. Please note that the Foster Coordinator may not be able to lớn accommodate all requests. For kittens that will need khổng lồ be listed for adoption, send the Foster Coordinator a clear photo and a biography for each of your kittens prior khổng lồ their surgery date.