Welcoming a New Cat into Your Home
Embrace the Spirit of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which, let’s be honest, should be an all-year-round celebration) and allow our team to pave the way for introducing a new feline friend into your home. Cats are delicate beings, and transitioning to a new environment can be overwhelming, especially if other animals have already claimed their territory.
Whether you’re bringing home one, two, or three new furry companions, our team is here to offer valuable insights on making them feel right at home.
Tip #1: Establish a haven for your new cat
It may take some time for your new cat to fully warm up to you and your household, especially if other pets are in the mix. Help your feline feel safe and secure by providing dedicated resources. Assign them a spacious room complete with a litter box, food and water bowls, a scratching post, and comfy bedding. This way, they won’t have to contend for these essential items. Spend quality time playing, petting, and interacting with your new addition to help them grow accustomed to your presence, but give them the freedom to explore and become familiar with their surroundings on their own terms.
Tip #2: Preserve consistency in their diet
The stress of moving to a new place can upset your cat’s sensitive stomach. To alleviate further turmoil, stick to their current diet. If you’re hoping to transition them to a new food, give them a few days to settle in first, then gradually introduce the new diet over the course of a week.
Tip #3: Allow ample time for adjustment
Your new cat may require a week or two to adapt to their new surroundings, so hold off on introducing them to family and friends until they’ve grown comfortable with you and their new home. However, it’s crucial to schedule a veterinary visit where they can meet their healthcare provider and receive essential preventive care. Keep in mind that another outing so soon after the journey to your home can be stressful, so allow your cat an additional week of relaxation before any further introductions.