Welcome a New Cat into Your Home: The Definitive Guide

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which, let’s be honest, should be happening every single month!), our amazing team is here to make the transition of bringing a new cat into your home a breeze. We know that cats are highly sensitive beings, and it can be quite daunting for them to navigate a new environment, especially if they have to contend with other furry inhabitants.

Whether you’re welcoming one, two, or even three adorable feline friends, our expert tips will ensure they feel right at home.

Tip #1: Carve out a sanctuary for your new arrival

It takes time for your new cat to warm up to their surroundings, and even longer if there are other pets in the picture. Help your precious kitty feel safe and secure by designating a generous space just for them. Set up a room complete with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and a cozy bed. This way, they won’t have to worry about sharing essentials and can explore their new digs at their leisure. Make sure to shower them with plenty of playtime, affection, and interaction to help them get acquainted with you. Don’t forget to also respect their need for some alone time to explore uninterrupted.

Tip #2: Stick to their tried-and-true menu

Moving to a new environment is stressful enough for cats, and it can wreak havoc on their delicate digestive systems. To minimize stress, continue feeding them the same food they’re accustomed to. If you have intentions of transitioning them to a new diet, give them a few days to settle in, and then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.

Tip #3: Allow for an adjustment period

Your new furry addition may need a week or two to settle down and feel at ease in their new abode. So, hold off on those meet-and-greets with extended family and friends until your feline friend feels comfortable with their surroundings and, most importantly, with you. While you’re taking the time to bond, it’s crucial to schedule a visit with your trusted veterinarian. This ensures your new cat is healthy and up to date on all preventive care. Remember, too many vet visits in quick succession can be stress-inducing, so give your cat an additional week to unwind before any further introductions.

Congratulations on expanding your family with a fabulous feline companion! Our team is absolutely thrilled to meet your newest addition, so give us a call now to schedule their wellness check-up.