Foster Focus

The challenges and rewards of fostering homeless outdoor cats and turning them into pampered indoor pets

By Cimeron Morrissey

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Being bitten by a raccoon was probably the best thing that ever happened to Angel. That's not usually the case for homeless felines like him, especially because the wound caused a deep abscess. Fortunately, the beautiful, black, shorthaired cat has people who care about him and the others in his colony.

After Angel had emergency treatment, I brought him home to heal in my spare bathroom where I'd planned to keep him until he was well enough to return to his colony. However, within a few weeks, Angel realized that his life-threatening injury created a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to become a pampered indoor cat. That raccoon bite led Angel to my lap where I pet his velvety black fur (and try to type one-handed) while he lovingly squints at me with his grateful, sparkling golden eyes. It's official: Angel is no longer homeless; he's my foster cat.

**Get the September 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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