Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Alberta, Canada
Very scared fosters - thoughts?
We have three foster cats right now - little black pregnant lady, Venus and just got two of her relatives. All three were picked up recently from a reserve and have not really been indoors before. Venus went into foster care right away as she can't be adopted until after she has her kittens. The other two got spayed, vet care and went into a pet store that the shelter works with in order to get adopted.
After about a week the shelter called to see if we could take one or both in - they were both absolutely terrified in the pet store and weren't doing well. We picked both up last night and they seemed past the point of terrified. They were almost depressed / giving up. The older one had just been staring at the wall and the two cuddled together not moving. They barely meowed on the way home.
I let them settle in overnight, just left wet and dry food and water out. They stayed hidden it seems, not moving. Didn't eat, they seem too nervous to. Today I fed them a bit, wiped food on their mouths so they would lick it and then lick it off the spoon. They ate some wet food mixed with water, but only seem to eat when I spoon feed - otherwise they seem very depressed, almost given up.
Any suggestions? I know eating and drinking is incredibly important, so I'll keep spoon feeding 3-4 times daily to make sure they are getting food and water in. I know they need lots of quiet time to settle in and to not stress them / approach them too much. Have catnip and honeysuckle in there and lots of bedding to burrow in. Any other thoughts? Anyone else dealt with cats that almost seem to have given up on life? I can spoon feed and give them all the time they need to settle in, just wondering if there is anything else I can do. Thanks!