Tips for the First 30 Days of Cat Adoption – Be prepared should be your mantra when you bring a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some can hide a bed or a closet for days or even weeks.
You can avoid cheating with your new bug and help you adapt more easily by following these guidelines:
Before you bring your cat home:
- Cats are territorial, and going into a new home lets them feel really restless. There’s all this space unknown, and who knows what it can hide in there. Do yourself a favor and provide a small area to call your own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works fine. Provide a room with cat amenities such as food, water, and a litter box. You will want to spend time with your cat, so make sure there is a comfortable place to sit as well.
- Fill a litter box with one or two inches of bunk and place it in your room where it can be used undisturbed. After all, everyone deserves a minimum of privacy by urinating, and giving it will help avoid not like the litter box. Not sure which litter to choose?
- Place a power station with food and water containers. Locate him away from the litter box.
- Love Cats to get away from everything in small places, and you can provide one for your new cat as your own little safe haven. If I came home in a cat case, it might be a good choice. You can also make one by cutting a door to it at the end of a box. If you prefer, you can buy a covered cat bed at a Pet supply store. In any case, make sure that space is large enough for the cat to get up and turn on the cat “Feng Shui” probably requires that he or she to be able to See the room door of his horrid hole, so he was not surprised.
- A cat’s claws need to be used, and they do it by scratching things. Since you prefer not to be your chairs and sofa, provide your cat with a decent social risk place. Some kinds are made of corrugated cardboard and lie on the floor; Others are poles that have to be high enough so that the cat can extend up to zero. You can encourage your cat (once it has arrived) to use the post by sprinkling it with the Grass tab or by hanging a toy on top. He’s going to get the idea. You will probably want a scratch post in every room where there is soft furniture, perhaps blocking access to it. You can also install adhesive tape (available at pet supply stores) in corners of upholstered furniture to prevent scratching.
- Look at your house with a curious cat view for your climbing and potential exploration. When your cat acclimates to your home, you may be surprised to find it over the top kitchen cabinets, so make sure that there is nothing on display there or on other high shelves that can be damaged or knocked off.
- Look for holes or logs that allow the ducts to be accessible and cover them. A kitten can easily slip into one of these. You don’t want firefighters at home, sticking the cement floor to get your cat out.
- If possible, buy a cat tree for your new family member. Cats like to inspect their territory, so a high perch is often a favored resting place.
- If there are other members of the human family, review the basic rules about your new pet. Remind them not to scare you and keep the bedroom door closed.
- Bone up on how to introduce your cat to other pets. Keep the door closed and don’t let your other pet run unexpectedly.
Now, you’re ready for your cat’s return. Preferably take her home in a cat carrier. You’ll feel safer for her. She saw a lot of excitement, so take her straight to her new room. (Make sure the toilet cover is down, if you are going to acclimate in your bathroom.) The ideal would be to restrict your exposure to the whole family, but of course everyone will want to see you. Remind them of the basic rules you have set.
- Sit on the floor and let her come to you. Don’t Force her. Just let her get acquainted with her time. If you don’t come closer, leave her alone and try later. Some cats are particularly scared, and she can retire to her blind hole and not come out when you’re around at all. You can only go out at night when the house is calm. Give him time.
- Your recently adopted cat may not eat much or at all at first. It is better to give your cat the same food he had in the shelter or in his foster home, at least in the beginning. Keeping some family stuff will make you feel safer. Be sure to change your water frequently and make sure you are drinking. If your cat hasn’t eaten for a few days, call your vet to ask for advice.
You can take your cat a week or two to adjust. Be patient.
- Within a week of being adopted, take your newly adopted cat for your first Wellness visit with a veterinarian. If you have a record of immunization shelter, take it with you.
- As your cat adjusts, it will show signs that she wants to explore out of her safe haven. Make sure that other pets or family members do not scare her as she gradually expands her territory. You may be ready to play, so you can equip some toys. Many cats like pet supply store feather wands, but homemade toys are often favored. A packet of silk paper to bat around or a paper bag to hide can be fun.
Congratulations! If you follow these tips, you will be on your way to having a well-adjusted member of the feline family.