They need to feel comfortable in human hands and be happy to interact with one another. Feeding and cleaning are important – kittens need to be fed at least three times a day, which means plenty of visits to the litter tray. Clean water and warm bedding round off the list, and a good variety of toys is also essential – think ping-pong balls, cardboard boxes and screwed-up cooking foil. A close check is kept on health issues – vaccination and worming form part of the routine.
It takes a special person to foster a kitten and rear it to the stage where it can be adopted. Having lost their mum, orphan kittens are in need of guidance. To begin with, they must feel safe, so a room to themselves is important. Here, they’ll eat, sleep, go to the toilet and play, although it’s important to venture into the rest of the house for playtime, too – two or three stints of 20 minutes each day is ideal.