Welcome a New Cat into Your Home: The Ultimate Guide
Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month with us because, let’s be honest, every month should be dedicated to these incredible creatures. We want to ensure a smooth transition as you bring a new cat into your home. Cats are known for their sensitivity, and we understand how daunting it can be for them to enter a new environment, especially if other animals have already staked their claim.
To help your new feline friend feel right at home, our team has compiled some invaluable tips for you to follow:
#1: Designate a sanctuary for your new cat
It may take several days for your new cat to feel at ease around you, and even longer if you have other pets. Give them the security they need by providing their own set of essentials. Create a large room where your cat can have their own litter box, food and water, scratching post, and bedding without competing for resources. Make sure to spend quality time playing with, petting, and interacting with your new cat to help them adjust to your presence. At the same time, allow them the freedom to explore on their own terms.
#2: Maintain consistency in their diet
Moving to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s delicate digestive system. To minimize any further stress, try to continue feeding them the same food they were used to. If you plan to switch their diet, give them a few days to settle in before gradually introducing the new food over a week.
#3: Allow time for your new cat to settle in
Giving your new cat some time to acclimate to their new home is essential. Hold off on introducing them to family and friends until they have become comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, schedule a meet-and-greet with your trusted veterinarian to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Remember, another trip so soon after bringing them home can add to their stress, so give them another week to relax before any further introductions.