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    LeeAnna Buis

    LeeAnna Buis is a marketing specialist by trade and animal lover by heart. Fortunate to grow up in a home that welcomed all creatures (big, small, furry, scaled and feathered), her passion started young. And she’s thrilled to channel that passion now, as a Preventive Vet blog contributor.

    LeeAnna currently has 3 cats – two she caught as strays and forced to love her, and one foster fail she fell in love with and decided to adopt after only 7 days.

    Just recently, LeeAnna has started the realization of a longtime dream, fostering animals who need help with socialization and medical recovery. Her favorite things are gardening and lounging in the recliner with one, two or three cats on her lap.

    Recent Posts

    Foster Cats 101: Your First Foster — Set Up & What to Expect

    If you’ve found this article, you must be considering (or have already volunteered) to foster a cat. We’re so glad! You may be a little nervous the first time … or second … or third for that matter. But it’s an amazing thing you’re doing, and we want to help.

    If you’ve already partnered with a rescue organization and been paired with a foster cat, you just need to set up your space and do a little mental preparation. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this article – ways to prepare your home, set up your foster cat or foster kitten’s space and set your expectations. If you’re new to the Foster 101 series, welcome! Depending on where you are in the foster process, you might want to take a look at the earlier articles in the series to find more information on:

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    Topics: Cats

    Foster Cats 101: Applying to be a Foster Volunteer and Finding a Foster Cat

    If you’re considering fostering a cat or kitten for your local animal shelter or rescue group, THANK YOU! We want to help you prepare by sharing our experience as volunteer cat fosters. In this article, we’ll take you through the application process and the various ways rescue organizations help find the right foster cat or kitten for you.

    In the first two articles of our Fostering 101 series, we talked about the overwhelming need for foster homes for cats (not to mention for dogs, birds, rabbits, farm animals, and just about anything else covered in fur, feathers or scales). We also discussed some of the important considerations and questions to ask yourself to determine your best foster scenario. If you missed it, take a minute and check those out:

    Once you’ve determined what type of foster situation will work best for you – call it your “foster plan” — it’s time to officially get the ball rolling.

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    Topics: Cats

    Foster Cats 101: How to Become a Foster Cat Guardian

    If you’re toying with the idea becoming a cat foster (or are already so excited to foster that you can’t think straight), you’re in the right place! Foster Cats 101 is a collection of articles covering the what, why, and how of fostering fur balls. In our last article "Why You Should Consider Fostering a Cat," we talked about why fostering is so important, how good it feels to be part of the rescue experience, and the benefits of fostering animals.

    Now let's get into the most important part of the process — a deep dive into the different types of foster situations out there and understanding exactly what you have to offer. This will help you come up with a foster plan that works for you, your lifestyle, your family (human and furry), and your foster cat.

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    Topics: Cats

    Foster Cats 101: Why You Should Consider Fostering a Cat

    If you’re looking for a way to help animals, rescue organizations, and even families in your community, consider fostering! It’s an experience like no other. There’s a foster out there for just about any situation or lifestyle. It can be as simple or involved as you like. All you need is a little patience, a little space, and a lot of love.

    Why I Became a Cat Foster Guardian

    I grew up in a household where any animal in need of care was welcome. It was a revolving door of stray cats, dogs whose owners couldn’t keep them, injured, wild this and that, and once, a pregnant spaniel found wandering the desert, who soon gave birth to 14 puppies! It certainly wasn’t easy for my mother to manage and care for all these critters. But she never said no. Well, occasionally she said no, but never really meant it.

    When I moved out on my own, I knew I wanted to continue supporting animals in need, the way my family had. My plan was to buy a house and dedicate a spare room solely to fostering cats. It took a while, but I finally did it. I lovingly call it the Foster Suite. And it has been my absolute joy.

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    Topics: Cats

    What to Expect After Your Cat's Surgery

    I’ve had cats my entire life. But it wasn’t until recently that I had my first experience taking a cat through recovery from a serious surgery. She was a beautiful little foster kitten named Bettina.

    About a year ago, I made the decision to start fostering, focusing on cats in need of special care, either with recovery from surgery/illness or socialization issues. Bettina was only my second foster and took considerably more intensive care than my first, who only had a cold and needed a week out of the shelter to recover. (And who, incidentally, I fell madly in love with and adopted at the end of that week.)

    You’ll hear a bit about my story, successes and failures, products I found helpful, conversations I wished I’d had, and how an old bra saved the day.

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    Topics: Cats

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