How to Embrace a New Cat into Your Household
To commemorate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—which, in our opinion, should be observed every month—we aim to pave the way for welcoming a new cat into your home. Cats are sensitive beings, and transitioning into a new environment can be stressful, especially if other animals have already staked their claim.
If you’re preparing to bring home a new cat—be it one, two, or three—follow these expert tips to ensure they feel embraced and at ease.
#1: Establish a secure haven for your new cat
It may take several days for your new feline companion to feel at ease around you, and integrating them into your household alongside other pets may require even more time. Aid your cat in feeling safe and secure in their newfound surroundings by providing them with their own dedicated resources. Allocate a spacious room where they can have their own litter box, food and water dishes, scratching post, and bedding, eliminating the need for competition. Spend ample time engaging with your new cat through play, gentle petting, and interaction to help them acclimate to your presence, while also allowing them uninterrupted freedom to explore at their own pace.
#2: Maintain consistency in their diet
The stress of transitioning to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s delicate digestive system. To minimize additional stress, stick to the same food they were accustomed to before. If you wish to transition them to a new diet, allow them a few days to settle in with their current food, then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.
#3: Grant your new cat time to adjust
Your new cat may require a week or two to fully settle into their new home, so it’s wise to postpone introductions with family and friends until your pet is comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, scheduling a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian is essential to ensure your new cat is in good health and up to date on preventive care. It’s best to allow your cat to relax for an additional week before embarking on another trip, as a subsequent journey immediately after their relocation can cause undue stress.