There are few
things as exciting as adopting a cat or kitten into
your life. Once that little bundle of fur arrives, you’ll want to spend all
your time playing or just hanging out with them. So, here are some tips for welcoming
a cat and smoothing their transition to their new home.
Welcoming a cat into your home: five essential new cat adoption tips
Manage their environment
A new and
unfamiliar place can be intimidating for a cat or kitten. To make them feel
more at home, prepare multiple “safe spaces” for your feline friend to retreat
to. When welcoming a cat into your home, it’s important that your kitty feel
safe, and that they know they can get away from human interaction if they need
to. Don’t let them have complete run of the house at first. A large bathroom or
a few bedrooms is enough space for them to start to learn the
sights/sounds/smells of your home.
As time goes on, you
can allow them to roam freely. Also, don’t worry if they hide a lot in the
early days. Chances are, they’ll need some time to warm up to you and get to
know you better. Gently coax them out or let him come to you when they are
When we get
stressed, we might go for the ice cream. Cats tend to go the other way: it’s
normal for cats to lose their appetite or avoid eating altogether when they
arrive at a new place. They may be stressed or hesitant to eliminate in an
unfamiliar place. You may need to encourage your new cat to eat during the
transition to their new home. If possible, continue using the same food he or
she was eating beforehand. If you want to upgrade their diet, slowly transition
them to the diet you prefer over the course of a week.
One way to make
your cat more comfortable in their new home is to have a variety of toys for
them to play with. You can find plenty of toys, tunnels, or cat beds at your
local pet store, or order what you need online. In addition, Cats love finding
new places to explore, and hunting, hiding, and playing are some of their
favorite pastimes (besides cuddling!).
When welcoming a
cat into your home, you’ll want to have the litter box set up and ready to go
before your furry friend arrives. Litter box placement is extremely important for
ensuring your cat’s smooth transition to their new home. Place the litter box
away from their food and water, yet not somewhere that’s hard for them — or
you — to access. Here
are some tips for litter box placement.
If you already
have a pet, you may have a veterinary hospital that you know and like. If not,
it’s a good idea to identify one you may want to use. Talk to friends and
family for recommendations or look for reviews online. Also, immediately after your
first veterinary visit, purchase pet insurance
for your new cat. Cats and kittens don’t always land on their feet,
so it’s important to prepare financially for the unexpected visit to the vet!
Welcoming a cat into your home: a new companion for life
Lastly, make sure you spoil your new companion. You’ve just saved a life, and your new feline friend will be forever grateful!
Angela Marcus is a life-long animal advocate and co-founder of GetYourPet.com, the first nation-wide online pet adoption community that directly connects people who need to rehome a pet with people who want to adopt a pet.