Bringing Home a New Cat
Decided to adopt a new cat? Not sure where to start? We have compiled a few helpful tips for welcoming home your new kitty. Taking a few extra steps can make the transition a little easier and help your new cat to feel at home.
• Cat-proof your home before your cat arrives.
• Keep toxic items and plants out of reach
• Remove or cover electrical cords or other hanging items that could be tempting to play with
• Don’t leave small objects lying around that could be hazardous
• Protect valuables and other breakables
• Take your new cat to a veterinary clinic within the first week to update vaccinations and get tested for various diseases and medical conditions.
• Bring your new cat home to a calm quiet situation. Your new cat will probably be stressed enough without a bunch of people competing for his attention.
• Once home, leave the carrier opened on the floor in a safe room. Don’t make any effort to coax him out of his carrier. He will come out on his own. Cats like to do things on their own terms.
• Your cat will need a safe, quiet place to call its own. Decide where this will be and place a special mat or bed there. Your cat’s sleeping location the first week in his new home will set pace for life.
• Keep your new kitty’s litter box in a location where it’s easily accessible but private and away from their food dishes. A rule of thumb is one box per cat and one extra. Research kitty litter to find the right kind for your cat.
• Make sure your new cat is registered with the local authority and keep your cat’s vaccination and healthcare records up to date.
Checklist of necessities for your new cat:
☐ Litter & litter box
☐ Kitty KONG
☐ High quality cat toys
☐ ID tag/ chip
☐ Scratching post