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June is Adopt a Cat Month!


June 1, 2019

June is Adopt a Cat Month!

June is Adopt a Cat Month! Summer, the height of the notorious kitten season, is the perfect time to welcome a new feline friend (or two—kittens love having a companion!) into your home.

If you’ve ever had a cat before—or even if you haven’t—you probably know that these fuzzy little creatures can be a bit mysterious and challenging to understand. Keep reading for some tips and tricks for making the transition into a new home go smoothly.

First, cat-proof your home. Hide or protect electrical cords so kitty can’t chew them, and make sure any and all houseplants you have are non-toxic for cats. You might also consider blocking off access to deep hiding places, such as under the bed. Some cats will hide there for the first few days if they are able; provide a soft, covered pet bed in a quiet room for them to retreat to instead.

First, cat-proof your home. Hide or protect electrical cords so kitty can’t chew them, and make sure any and all houseplants you have are non-toxic for cats. You might also consider blocking off access to deep hiding places, such as under the bed. Some cats will hide there for the first few days if they are able; provide a soft, covered pet bed in a quiet room for them to retreat to instead. If you have other pets—or even if you don’t—consider letting your new kitty settle into his or her new home by starting with just one room. Granting access to a whole new house or apartment could be overwhelming to a new cat, and having just one calm, quiet room can help your new cat adjust and get to know you better. Your new cat’s favorite things, such as their covered bed, a soft blanket, toys, and scratching posts should be available in this room.

Place the litter box in a low-traffic area. If possible, use some litter from your cat’s previous home or shelter in the new litter box so he or she recognizes the scent. This will make your cat feel more comfortable and at home.

Cats instinctually need to scratch, so be sure to provide plenty of acceptable places for your new cat to use their claws, scratch, and mark his or her scent. KONG’s line of scratcher toys provides a perfect outlet for scratching behavior. If your cat is declawed, the KONG Connects Kitty Comber can provide a way for your new cat to mark her scent in a non-destructive way using the scent glands in his or her cheeks.

With these tips, plus a little bit of love, patience, and catnip, you can help your new cat have a smooth transition into his or her new home.