Question about Fostering
I got my first kitten almost 4 months ago at about 10 weeks old. I still have a lot of learning and parenting to do. I live alone and work full time, and I'm 100% in love with my kitty. He hasn't shown any behavioral issues and gets himself into enough mischief that I have cute stories, but not enough to make me actually angry - to me this seems like the right amount of trouble for a kitten to get into! That being said, I do worry that he doesn't get as much attention as he deserves.
I'm dying for another cat, but one that's a little less of a handful. I'm hoping a cat around 3 or 4 years old would still have the energy to entertain my kitten while I'm away while setting a good example for him. I'm not ready to commit to a second pet long term just yet, but have been considering fostering.
I've also been looking into ways to support my local shelter, and while I don't have a lot of spare time to volunteer, I thought this might be a good alternative.
My questions are the following:
Does the above situation seem to be reasonable thinking for bringing in a foster cat? I don't feel like I'm doing it "for the kitten" nor do I feel totally selfish, I'm just looking for an outside opinion of my situation.
Will having a foster negatively impact my resident kitten in terms of bonding or attachment when the foster has to leave?
The following are things I'm taking into consideration:
- Length and possibly frustrating introductions - my kitten is still young, and the shelter should be able to match me up with a cat that is used to other cats
- I have the finances to handle a second cat
- I can separate the two temporarily if need be. My bedroom is large, and I've had to keep my kitten in there before when a family member with allergies spent the day.