a Cat

Fostering is a temporary commitment with permanent rewards.

Are you wanting to open your space (and heart) to a rescue cat? If so then look no further than being a foster parent.

Why foster a cat?

By fostering a Cat through The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home, you are directly increasing the number of vulnerable cats we can support, as well as providing invaluable support during a difficult transition. Placing a cat in a caring foster home, allows them the opportunity to adapt and start enjoying life’s little luxuries while on their journey through CDCH!

What fostering a cat means to you:

There’s no need to worry about cost when you foster with us – we cover all your foster cat’s expenses.

What we are looking for
we are

The Benefits of fostering to you

Fostering a Cat FAQ

We welcome foster homes who wish to care for and love their foster cat as if they were their own, however, as they will remain the responsibility of CDCH, there will be expectations in place. With all foster cats, you will have discussed a foster agreement and guidelines prior to taking them home, which would outline the expectations we ask you to adhere to. This may differ for each cat; however, we always ask that you continue the care plan we have shown, rather than introduce your own. Depending on the cat’s behaviours and needs, it may mean that exposing them certain situations, such as changes to the environment or new people may not be suitable without the guidance of our behaviour team.

Unfortunately, for safety reasons and to ensure the level of care can be maintained, we require all foster cats to remain as ‘indoor only’ for the duration of their foster period. Due to this, all foster carers will need to be on board and happy to keep their home fully secure or put measures in place to prevent risk of escape, such as securing existing cat flaps, accessible windows and doors.

Once you have been set up as a cat fosterer, we always ask you to keep an open mind and look beyond breed preferences and stereotypes. Not all of our cats qualify for or need fostering, so we prioritise those that will most benefit from being in a foster home environment.


We will always consider what type of foster you are willing to take on and the set-up you have before placing a cat in your care, rather than you selecting your own. We would expect a fosterer to be open to caring for the cats we match without the need to meet them in person.

We are generally looking for foster carers who can provide a quiet and safe area within the home for the cat to settle in. An ideal set up would be a spare room which the cat can have sole use of, allowing them access to all their supplies (litter trays/ bed/ food bowls) without the need to roam. If suitable, you are welcome to allow your foster cat access to the whole house when you are around, as long as there are no other pets and all areas are cat safe and secure from escape.

Although will always consider the application and home on a case-by-case basis, we can be more restricted when there are existing pets in the home. Some of the reasons we place cats in foster can include stress of the environment, as well as medical concerns, pregnant females/ new mums & babies, or young kittens, who are all vulnerable to infections & diseases.


If we do place a foster cat in the home with an existing pet, we may expect the animals to be kept separately and for appropriate measures to be in place to ensure their safety is maintained. 


All homes with existing pet cats will need to be fully vaccinated – proof of this will be requested.

We understand that most foster carers will likely have their own commitments and may not always be available, which is why we carry out our initial checks and take them in to consideration before placing a cat with you.


As travelling and moving environments can be quite a stressful experience for a cat, once a foster has been agreed, we would hope that you would be able to care for the foster cat for the full length of foster, unless you have a long-term agreement, in which case we fully understand you would require a break.


We are also aware that plans can change unexpectedly, therefore we ask that any holidays/trips are communicated to us at your earliest convenience.


It can be very difficult to make unforeseeable arrangements for a cat, therefore it’s important to let us know of your plans ahead of time. If you are the spontaneous type and like to take frequent trips away, then we would suggest that fostering a cat may not be suitable for you.

We will keep you updated with any news in regards to your foster cats’ journey, giving as much notice as possible about any possible new movements, such as if they are being made available for adoption or returning to an existing owner (Case or Pet Retreat).

We fully understand that saying goodbye to your foster cat can be difficult, no matter how long they have been in your care, so firstly we thank you for helping them on their journey. If you would like any support following your foster cat leaving, then do get in touch with CDCH.


We hope that although saying goodbye can be sad, you’ll be able to open your home and heart again, to another cat who needs some extra help.

Follow us

RSPCA Cotswolds, Gloucester & District Branch

Registered Charity number : 207006
Copyright © 2022. All rights reserved. Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home

Keep up to date with the residents, events and work of CDCH.


Join our Newsletter