How you can help

There are a number of ways you can help us to help the cats!

FosteringI’m interested in fostering cats & kittens for Cat People of Melbourne. You can read the pros and cons of fostering below.

Volunteeringemail us to enquire about volunteering opportunities

Donatingyou can donate via Shout For Good, our donation partner. Australian owned and run, no added fees and charges. All the money you donate goes directly to the cats!

Sharing – via our social media channels! Facebook InstagramTikTok

What are the pros and cons of fostering a cat?

Fostering a cat can be a rewarding experience for both the foster family and the cat, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Here are some pros and cons of fostering a cat:

Pros:

  1. Saving Lives: By fostering a cat, you are providing a temporary home for a cat in need, which can be lifesaving for cats in overcrowded shelters or at risk of euthanasia.
  2. Socialization: Fostering can help shy or undersocialized cats become more comfortable around people, making them more likely to be adopted into permanent homes.
  3. Temporary Commitment: Fostering allows you to experience cat ownership without the long-term commitment. If you’re not ready for a permanent pet, fostering can be a great way to enjoy the benefits of having a cat without the lifelong responsibility.
  4. Learning Experience: Fostering can be a great way to learn about cat care and behavior. It can help you understand what type of cat personality would best fit your lifestyle if you decide to adopt a cat in the future.
  5. Supporting Shelters: By fostering a cat, you are helping to free up space in shelters for other animals in need and supporting the important work that shelters do.

Cons:

  1. Emotional Attachment: One of the biggest challenges of fostering is becoming emotionally attached to the cat and then having to say goodbye when they are adopted. This can be difficult for some people, especially if they have fostered the cat for an extended period of time.
  2. Time and Effort: Fostering a cat requires time and effort to care for the cat, including feeding, grooming, cleaning, and providing enrichment. This can be challenging for people with busy schedules or limited time.
  3. Financial Responsibility: While many shelters provide food, supplies, and veterinary care for foster animals, there may still be some financial responsibility involved in fostering a cat, such as providing litter, toys, and other supplies.
  4. Behavioral Issues: Some foster cats may have behavioral issues or medical needs that require extra attention and care. Dealing with these challenges can be stressful and may require additional resources.
  5. Potential for Attachment Issues: Fostering multiple cats over time can lead to attachment issues for both the foster family and the cats, especially if the cats have difficulty adjusting to new environments.

Overall, fostering a cat can be a fulfilling experience for those who are willing and able to provide temporary care for a cat in need. It’s important to consider both the pros and cons before deciding to foster a cat to ensure that it is the right choice for you and your lifestyle.