Welcome a New Cat into Your Home: The Ultimate Guide
In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which should honestly be celebrated every month), our team is here to help you navigate the exciting journey of bringing a new cat into your home. Cats are wonderful and sensitive creatures, and adjusting to a new environment can be a little overwhelming for them, especially if there are other furry rulers already in charge of the place.
So, whether you’re adopting one cat or a whole crew, follow these expert tips from our team to ensure a warm and comfortable welcome.
Tip #1: Create a sanctuary for your new feline friend
It may take some time for your new cat to feel completely at ease with you, and even longer if they’re joining a household with other pets. Help them settle into their new surroundings by providing a cozy, safe space of their own. Set up a spacious room with all the essentials: a litter box, food and water bowls, a scratching post, and a soft bed. Spend quality time playing, petting, and bonding with your new cat, allowing them to get used to your presence. At the same time, give them the freedom to explore and discover their new home without interruption.
Tip #2: Stick to their usual diet
Moving to a new place can cause stress, which can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system. To avoid further discomfort, try to keep them on the same diet they were accustomed to. If you plan on transitioning them to a different food, take it slow. Allow them a few days to settle in with their current diet before gradually introducing the new food over a week.
Tip #3: Allow time for adjustment
Your new cat might need a week or two to fully settle into their new home, so hold off on big family and friend meet-and-greets until they feel at ease with you and their environment. However, it is important to schedule a meeting with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new addition is healthy and up-to-date on their preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip so soon after the journey home can be stressful, so give your cat another week to relax before any other introductions.