A Comprehensive Guide: Successfully Introducing a New Cat to Your Household
To honor Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which, in our opinion, should be recognized every month), our team is here to provide you with valuable insights on smoothly bringing a new cat into your home. Cats are sensitive creatures, and entering a new environment, especially when other animals have already claimed territory, can be a stressful experience for them.
Whether you’re adopting one cat or multiple feline companions, follow these expert tips from our team to ensure a warm welcome and help your new furry friends feel at ease.
Step #1: Establish a secure space for your new cat
It may take several days for your new cat to feel comfortable around you, and even longer to integrate into your household if you have other pets. Create a safe and secure environment for your cat by providing them with their own dedicated resources. Set up a spacious room with a litter box, food and water bowls, a scratching post, and bedding exclusively for your new cat. This ensures they don’t have to compete for essential items. Spend quality time playing, petting, and interacting with your new cat to help them become accustomed to your presence. It’s equally important to give them uninterrupted time to explore their new surroundings independently.
Step #2: Maintain consistency in their diet
Moving to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s delicate digestive system. To minimize stress, stick to the same food your cat was eating before. If you wish to transition them to a new diet, allow them a few days to settle in with their current diet. Then, gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.
Step #3: Allow your new cat time to settle in
It’s crucial to give your new cat a week or two to adjust to their new home before introducing them to family and friends. During this settling-in period, focus on building a bond with your cat and providing them with a sense of security. However, it’s advisable to schedule a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip shortly after their journey to your home can be stressful, so allow them an additional week to relax before any further introductions.
Congratulations on the wonderful addition of a new feline family member!