The Complete Guide: Welcoming a New Cat into Your Home with Ease
In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, our team is here to assist you in seamlessly introducing a new cat to your home. Cats are delicate creatures, and entering a new environment can be overwhelming, especially when other animals have already established their territory.
Whether you’re bringing home one cat or a few, follow these expert tips from our team to ensure a warm and inviting welcome for your furry friends.
#1: Establish a secure haven for your new cat
It may take several days for your new cat to feel at ease around you, and even longer for them to adjust to your household if you have other pets. Create a designated space that provides all the essential resources for your feline companion. Set up a spacious room with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and cozy bedding, ensuring they don’t have to compete for these necessities. Spend ample time playing with and gently interacting with your new cat to help them grow accustomed to your presence, while also allowing them uninterrupted time to explore their surroundings on their own.
#2: Maintain their current diet
Moving to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s sensitive digestive system, so it’s best to minimize further stress by sticking to their current diet. If you intend to transition them to a different food, give them a few days to settle in with their current diet before gradually introducing the new food over the course of a week.
#3: Allow your new cat to acclimate
Give your new cat the time they need to adjust to their new home. Avoid introducing them to family and friends until they have become comfortable with you and their immediate surroundings. However, it is essential to schedule a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat’s health and preventive care are up to date. Keep in mind that another trip soon after the journey to your home can be stressful for your cat, so it’s advisable to wait for another week before any additional introductions.