The feline foster: Inside the house for kittens before they’re adopted

Jessica Satherley
The feline foster: Inside the house for kittens before they’re adopted
More than 30 cats have passed through Tasha Patel’s home since 2017

More than 30 cats have passed through Tasha Patel’s home since she started fostering kittens in 2017. 

Her Auckland house has become a safe haven for kittens before they’re adopted into their forever home. 

“I started fostering a group of three cats over Christmas in 2017 and I’ve been doing it ever since,” the talent acquisition specialist in Westpac’s recruitment team says. 

“My fiancé and I usually keep them during the time they’re going through desexing and microchipping. 

“The kittens have to grow to be 1 kilogram before they can go through the operation. 

“The most rewarding thing about fostering is getting to watch them grow up and be adopted into a loving home. 

“Some of the cats go onto have Instagram pages where we can continue to see their journey after they leave us,” she says. 

Today, Tasha has four kittens in her Auckland home, two females and two males who were surrendered to the cat foundation Lonely Miaow with their mother. 

These kittens are almost three months old and will go into the pet store Pet Stock for adoption in late January. 

Lonely Miaow, which is working to rehome stray cats and kittens across Auckland, partners with Pet Stock to help with the adoption process. 

Pet Stock provides cat litter trays, food, crates, toys, blankets and covers the cost of the kitten’s first vaccinations, desexing and microchipping. 

“I’ve had this litter since the beginning of December, and they will soon have the operation to be desexed,” Patel says. 

Fostering doesn’t come without its challenges though, including a lot of cleaning, toilet training and becoming emotionally attached to the cats. 

“Fostering takes up a lot of time and a lot of cleaning is involved with the cat litter trays and mess made by the cats.   

“Saying goodbye to the litter of kittens is also extremely hard because you get attached to them,” she says. 

Tasha has two full grown permanent cats that she adopted and would also like to adopt a dog. 

There are currently more kittens than there are foster homes in Auckland. 

For more information on fostering or becoming a cat foster home, go to petrescue.org.nz 

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