We're fostering for a rescue group though this particular cat and kittens are being financially sponsored by one individual. The rescue group will then handle adopting them out.
I was thinking about how wild things will be when they can move around. They're in a cage in my daughter's bedroom now. I'm trying to keep them isolated from my adult cats and the kittens from the first batch we fostered. I think its going to get challenging in a couple weeks. Everyone wants to get into the bedroom, and I bet the kittens (and maybe Mama) will want to get out.
We were "bad" with the first group of kittens and eventually allowed them to be out with our own cats. Thankfully there were no medical issues/diseases that were passed onto our kitties. What do you normally do?
In our foster contract it is a policy that we keep the foster cats separated from our cats.
I kept them separated almost the entire time, just because I am slightly paranoid.
There are a few major things that they could potentially bring in to your cats:
1. Panleuk- it is very contagious and fatal to young kittens, but is easily tested by fecal sample. The shelter that I foster for tested my kittens for this before giving them to me because I was introducing them to my momma cat. Also has a 10 day incubation period, so it can be ruled out by a 2 week quarantine
2. Felv/FIV- Both are uncurable and potentially devistating. The chances of very young kittens having either are slim, and they are usually transmitted through deep bites, so not as easily spread. Unfortunately tested by blood test, and results are not very accurate on young kittens
3. URI- (upper respiratory infection) caused by virus, either feline herpes or calicivirus. (Think nasty cold) Doesnt sound bad, but is commonly deadly in newborn/infant kittens because they cannot smell, and therefore do not eat.
4. Fleas- fleas are a pain to get rid of once they are in your house and they transmit worms. Worms are not uncommon and are easily treatable but obviously unpleasant for you and your kitties
Once my kittens were 8 weeks, they were spayed/neutered and tested for fiv/felv. At that point, I felt safe introducing them to my resident cat.
I had momma and babies in my bedroom, and momma never tried to get out. She was constantly attentive to her babies, and even when she got up to eat she would rush to eat and then get back to them. For my other cats safety, I made sure he didnt get any where near her as momma cats are very protective of their kittens from other cats. I taped a piece of cardboard in front of my bedroom door that was tall enough that the cats couldnt see over it but i could step over it. Once the kittens got old enough to jump up and climb over that, it got a little more difficult. It was a juggling act keeping everyone separated, but if I can do it in a 1 br apartment anyone can
of course it was worth all the hard work in the end