Crafting a Cozy Haven for Your New Feline Companion: Helpful Pointers and Techniques
To celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, which we believe should be acknowledged every month, our team aims to assist you in making the transition of bringing a new cat into your home as seamless as possible. Cats are delicate beings, and it can be anxiety-inducing for them to enter a new environment, particularly if other animals have already established their territory.
If you’re bringing home a new cat—or two or three—follow these tips from our team to help them feel welcome.
#1: Create a safe space for your new cat
The process of your new cat feeling at ease around you may take several days, and if you have other pets, it can take even longer for them to integrate into your household. To ensure your cat feels safe and secure in their new surroundings, it is important to provide them with their own dedicated resources. Designate a spacious room for your feline companion, equipped with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete for these essential items. Dedicate ample time to play, pet, and interact with your new cat to help them acclimate to your presence. Simultaneously, give them the freedom to explore and roam undisturbed.
#2: Stick to the same diet
The stress of moving to a new environment can cause a cat’s delicate digestive tract to become unsettled, so avoid further stress by sticking to the same food your cat was eating. If you want to switch them to a new diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current diet, then take a week to slowly swap out the old for the new food.
#3: Give your new cat time to settle in
Allow your new cat a week or two to adjust to their new home before arranging meet-and-greets with family and friends. It is important to give your pet time to become comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, it is recommended to promptly schedule a meet-and-greet with your trusted veterinarian to ensure your new cat’s health and preventive care are up to date. Since another trip shortly after arriving at their new home can cause stress for your cat, it is advisable to let them relax for an additional week before introducing them to any other individuals.
Congratulations on your family’s feline addition! Our team can’t wait to meet your newest pet, so give us a call to schedule their wellness visit.