I've recently come into having some free time (aka I lost my job) and I decided I wanted to fill it with KITTENS! Right now I'm still deciding on which org. I want to foster for, though, so I'm hoping some of you lovely people here would have some insight on fostering or just kittens in general.
Option 1: my local Humane Society (not affiliated with HSUS) has a kitten foster program which mainly deals with kittens who are big enough to eat food but not big/old enough to get fixed. They only supply food and the kittens have a higher risk of dying or having incubating diseases since they're so young, and while they're all checked there's still a chance. They also need much more supervision.
Option 2: one of the local cat rescues has cats of all sizes and ages, though usually they tend to be a bit younger than older. They supposedly provide everything from food to toys to shelter and their vet costs are covered, and since everyone is pretty responsible about getting the cats to a vet there's less of a chance that they might have something lurking on them.
I'm currently leaning towards option 2 because I get my choice of who I want to take home, although since I need to keep them in only 1-2 rooms I'm limited to smaller/younger kittens anyway. However, I like the safety net option 1 has because of their vet coverage and their responsibility to both foster parent and kitty.
So I have a few questions:
1. How big/small does a cat have to be to be okay with just hanging out in a bathroom? It's a fairly good sized bathroom for a kitten but I know a full grown cat might get a little stir-crazy. I'd prefer to take cats that are a little older/bigger than neuter age but I want them to still be okay with a smaller space.
2. How likely is it that I'll pass something on to Sir Rupert if I keep the kittens far far away from the rabbit pen? What would be some safety measures that I should take when interacting between the two (is hand washing enough or would I have to change my clothes and take a shower etc).
Thanks a bunch~ And if I get foster kitties I'll be sure to take pictures and videos