Bottle Baby Fosters - Kittens and Cats


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2542 17th StreetSarasota, FL 34234


Due to the how much work and time is needed to care for and raise bottle babies every 2 to 3 hours for several weeks, we do not give hours for high school to bottle baby fosters

Cat Depot would not be able to save so many lives without its dedicated foster parents!

Our foster care program provides temporary safe and loving homes to kittens and cats until they can return to our center and be adopted by their new family. This program offers a second chance to many animals who would not thrive in a shelter environment. Animals enter the foster program because they are not ready for adoption, either because of behavioral reasons or because they are too young, sick, or injured. Animals that have been in the shelter for extended stays can also benefit from time in a stable and nurturing home environment. Fostering can last for as little as a few days, or as long as 4-8 weeks, depending on the case. It's easy to become a foster parent, just apply for our volunteer program today by clicking here and choosing the Foster option: Volunteer Online Application Form. After an in-person interview and participation in our orientation and foster training class, selected volunteer applicants can begin fostering, based on the need of Cat Depot. Foster and Bottle Feeding Training Class

Once you’ve taken this class, you will be ready to take your first foster cat or kitten home. This not only helps the cat in your care, it also makes space at Cat Depot to save more lives!

This class provides the following tools to help you be a successful foster parent:

  • Cat Depot’s Foster Home Requirements
  • The Joys of Fostering
  • The Risks Involved in Fostering
  • Fostering Pregnant Cats
  • Fostering Kittens
  • Fostering Bottle-Babies
  • Fostering Adults
  • Supplies Needed
  • Veterinary Care

Fostering infant kittens that need to be bottle-fed can be rewarding, yet challenging. It requires a greater commitment and round-the-clock care.

You can find out if bottle-feeding is for you by taking the second half-hour of the course.

As part of the training, you will also learn about:

  • How to Bottle-Feed a Kitten
  • How Often to Feed
  • How Much to Feed
  • The Importance of Warmth
  • Elimination Stimulation
  • Weaning Kittens
  • Kitten Growth Stages
  • Supplies Needed
  • Veterinary Care


  • Special Needs
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Patient Care
  • Nursing
  • General Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 15
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies
  • Become a Cat Depot Volunteer and take Foster Training.

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