5 Reasons Fostering Kittens During Self-Isolation Was a Great Decision For My Mental Health
Cats are covered in fur. This might seem obvious to some, but some cats shed so much that you could practically create a second cat with the amount of fluff that's stuck to your carpets and pillows at the end of the day. This was the first lesson I learned when I started fostering cats. The second lesson? They can steal your heart with a single meow.
As someone who grew up with two or three dogs constantly milling around the house, I've always wondered what it's like to have a cat. Are they as goofy as all the memes make them out to be? Should I prepare myself to be rejected the second I try to pet this highly independent little creature? Are hairballs like . . . a real thing?
Two weeks later . . . we welcomed 8-month-old twin sisters Josie and Jolie into our apartment, and within minutes the camera app on my phone was transformed into an exhibit for kittens.
After the shelter-in-place order was issued in my city, I suddenly found myself with fewer people to spend time with in person, apart from my roommate and her dog. While I've never had a cat of my own, this soon led me to the conclusion that I needed to get more four-legged friends in my life ASAP. After a quick house meeting, my roommate and I decided it was time to make use of our time and welcome a few more fuzzy friends into our lives. And little did I know, I was in for some very important lessons.
Once the decision was made, we reached out to local shelters and came across a Maine Coon Adoption shelter in need of fosters. We filled out some paperwork in under 10 minutes and scheduled a few phone interviews so the shelter could make sure we were ready to take on the responsibility of another pet. Two weeks later, after an exchange à la Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, we welcomed 8-month-old twin sisters Josie and Jolie into our apartment, and within minutes the camera app on my phone was transformed into an exhibit for kittens.
Playful, rambunctious, and everything you might see in an episode of Too Cute, these kittens quickly taught me a few important lessons. They got me up and moving, kept me occupied when I wasn't working, and helped me to feel less alone even though I'd been in my apartment for weeks. After a day, I was already struggling to imagine a life without these furry friends. Here are five lessons they taught me.