The Ultimate Guide: How to Welcome a New Cat into Your Home

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which, in our opinion, should be every month), we’re here to guide you through the process of bringing a new cat into your home. Cats are incredibly sensitive creatures, and transitioning to a new environment can be stressful for them, especially if there are already other animals claiming their territory. To ensure a smooth and comfortable arrival for your new feline friend, follow our expert tips and advice.

#1: Create a Safe Space 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 integrate into a household with other pets. To help your cat feel secure in their new surroundings, establish a dedicated space just for them. Set up a large room with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and cozy bedding, so they don’t have to compete for these essential resources. While spending quality time playing, petting, and interacting with your new cat, also ensure they have uninterrupted moments to explore their environment independently.

#2: Stick to the Same Diet:
Moving to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s delicate digestive system. To minimize stress, it’s important to maintain their current diet. If you plan to transition them to a new diet, allow a few days for them to settle in with their current food before gradually introducing the new one over the course of a week.

#3: Give Your New Cat Time to Settle In:
Your new cat may need a week or two to fully settle into their new home. It’s best to hold off on introducing them to family and friends until they feel comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, scheduling a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian is essential to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Remember, another trip shortly after arriving at their new home can be stressful for your cat, so allow them another week of relaxation before any additional introductions.

Congratulations on welcoming a new addition to your family! We’re excited to meet your newest furry friend. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule their wellness visit. By following these steps, you can provide a warm and loving environment for your new cat, making their transition as smooth as possible.