Tips and Tricks for Establishing a Cozy Environment for Your New Feline Companion
In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, an event we believe should be observed year-round, our team aims to facilitate the process of introducing a new cat to your household. Cats possess a delicate nature, and acclimating to a fresh environment, particularly one already occupied by other animals, can be quite daunting. To ensure a warm reception for your new feline companion(s), heed our team’s guidance by following these valuable tips.
#1: Create a safe space for your new cat
The adjustment period for your new cat can span several days before they start feeling at ease in your presence, and it may take even longer for them to integrate into a household with existing pets. To ensure your cat feels secure and comfortable in their new surroundings, it’s crucial to provide them with dedicated resources. Set up a spacious room exclusively for your feline companion, complete with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete for essential items. Engage in ample playtime, petting, and interaction with your new cat to help them gradually acclimate to your presence, while also allowing them uninterrupted space to explore independently.
#2: Stick to the same diet
The stress of moving to a new environment can cause a cat’s delicate digestive tract to become unsettled, so avoid further stress by sticking to the same food your cat was eating. If you want to switch them to a new diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current diet, then take a week to slowly swap out the old for the new food.
#3: Give your new cat time to settle in
It’s recommended to give your cat around one to two weeks to adjust to their new home before arranging meet-and-greets with family and friends. During this time, focus on helping your cat feel comfortable with you and their environment. However, it’s important to promptly schedule a meet-and-greet appointment with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is in good health and up to date on preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip shortly after the journey to your home can be stressful for your cat, so it’s advisable to allow them an additional week of relaxation before any further introductions take place.
Congratulations on your family’s feline addition! Our team can’t wait to meet your newest pet, so give us a call to schedule their wellness visit.