Tips and Tricks for Creating a Cozy Home for Your New Cat

To celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, a cause we believe should be recognized every month, we want to help ease the process of welcoming a new cat into your home. Cats are sensitive animals, and adjusting to a new environment can be stressful, especially if there are already other animals claiming the territory.

If you’re bringing home a new cat, whether it’s one, two, or even three, follow these suggestions from our team to ensure they feel comfortable and welcome.

#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 integrate into your household, especially if you have other pets. Help your cat feel safe and secure in their new surroundings by providing them with their own dedicated resources. Set up a large room where your feline friend can stay, complete with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete for these essential items. Dedicate plenty of time to play, pet, and interact with your new cat, allowing them to become accustomed to your presence, while also giving them uninterrupted space to explore on their own.

#2: Maintain a consistent diet

The stress of transitioning to a new environment can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system. To avoid further stress, stick to the same food your cat was eating previously. If you wish to switch to a different diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current food and then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.

#3: Allow your new cat time to adjust

It may take a week or two for your cat to settle into their new home, so hold off on introducing them to family and friends until they are comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, it is important to schedule an initial visit with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Another trip shortly after arriving at your home can be stressful for your cat, so let them relax for an additional week before making any other introductions.

Congratulations on adding a new feline member to your family! Our team is excited to meet your newest pet, so please contact us to schedule their wellness visit.