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NedF
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« on: December 30, 2011, 09:32:41 PM »

A local rescue group has been asking me to foster a kitten. I want to help them out but is it safe for my cats? They are indoor only so are not vaccinated for rabies or leukemia. What do I need to think about to make sure my kitties are safe?

I did foster one before (Deathclaw) but she was a special case. I'm a little nervous because my friend who fosters kittens all of a sudden her cat came down with FIP and I wonder if it was from the fosters. I never worried too much about fostering until this happened to my friend.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 10:40:04 PM »

Ned,
Just my personal opinion, but I would not foster if your cats are not vaccinated unless you had enough room in your home for the kitten to be separated.  Also, as I recall, Smoggy and Stormy were not exactly thrilled with the idea of Deathclaw invading their territory.  Of course, there is no vaccine for FIP anyway, but that is not the only disease that could possibly be passed along.  Is your friend sure that her kitty has FIP?  My understanding is that there is no definitive test for it, but that many cats have elevated coronavirus tests, but do not actually have FIP.  Does her kitty have definite symptoms of the disease? 
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 10:46:47 PM »

My friends kitty died back in September.  Cry

I don't have anywhere to keep a kitty separate except the bathroom and I don't want the poor kitty stuck in there all day. Smoggy loved Deathclaw but Stormy did not like having another cat in the house.
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 11:12:09 PM »

Ned,
I am so sorry that your friend's kitty passed away.   Cry

In the end, you have to do what you think is best for you and your kitties.  Your situation may not be ideal for fostering. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 05:00:58 AM »

Hi Ned,
I fostered for a long time for the humane society and for those who decided to "find me"! A separate room is a must, vaccinated or not. Your heart is in the right place, but if you don't have space, you don't have space. I won't be taking anymore in because Cassie and Rascal have had a hard time getting along since Foster left (and they never met her). Perhaps there's something else you can do to help the rescue out. That's just MY opinion.

Hope your holidays have been peaceful and not too sad this year.

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011, 09:56:59 AM »

Ned, our Sophs isnt vaccinated either, except for her initial kitten shots.  They were afraid to vaccinate her any further for fear of putting too much of a load on her already sucky immune system.  They have told us to not bring other animals in the house and to wash our hands when we come in, dont wear shoes in the house, etc.  So I would be worried about bringing any other kitties in your place unless you are going to get Stormy and Smoggy vaccinated and even then, I think having a separate room, in case the foster gets sick or they dont get along, would be a must have.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2012, 02:17:56 PM »

Here's the kitty:

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21861908
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2012, 02:33:53 PM »

Oh, he's gorgeous, Ned.  I can understand your temptation.
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2012, 02:45:41 PM »

I can see why you'd be tempted, too.  That is one cutie-pie kitten!

My advice would be not to do it without a separate room, either, for the sake of Stormy and Smoggy.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2012, 02:53:55 PM »

How long do they need to be kept separate?
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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2012, 05:09:53 PM »

Xander is adorable ! Usually you need them separated at least several weeks, to watch for any signs of illness & allow for any test results to come back. If Xander is currently in a shelter ,he is at high risk for a URI & could spread it to Stormy & Smoggy.
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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2012, 03:23:54 PM »

That's a cute kitty, all right! Smiley I think I would go with a separate room too.

Very sorry about your friend's kitty.

It's good to see you posting again, Ned.

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2012, 01:17:34 PM »

I met Xander today and he was just the sweetest kitten. He had very soft fur for a boy kitty. He sat in my lap purring for about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, I started breaking out in hives where his mouth/chin was resting on my arm. I was really allergic to him.  Sad So I had to let him go up for adoption. Apparently there is a waiting list for people to adopt him so I am sure he will find a good home today.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2012, 08:39:40 PM »

Ned,
I hope it is comforting to you to know that there is someone waiting to give him a good forever home!
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2012, 06:44:19 PM »

I'm sure he'll be fine. My kitties didn't like his scent all over me though!
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