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Creating a Warm Home for Your New Cat: Tips and Tricks

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, which we believe should be honored every month, our team at Chatham’s Small Animal Hospital is here to guide you through the process of bringing a new cat into your home. Cats are delicate creatures, and transitioning to a new environment can be a stressful experience, especially if there are already other animals claiming the territory. To ensure a smooth and welcoming transition for your new feline companion, follow these tips from our knowledgeable team.

Tip #1: Establish a safe space for your new cat

Adjusting to a new home may take several days for your new cat, and even longer if there are existing pets in the household. Help your cat feel secure and at ease in their new environment by providing them with their own dedicated space. Set up a large room exclusively for your feline friend, complete with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and comfortable bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete with other pets for these essential resources. Additionally, spend ample time playing with, petting, and interacting with your new cat to help them become familiar with your presence. However, also give them the freedom to explore the room undisturbed, allowing them to set their own pace.

Tip #2: Maintain a consistent diet

The stress of moving to a new environment can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system. To avoid further stress, it’s best to continue feeding your cat the same food they were accustomed to before the transition. If you wish to switch their diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current food and then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week. This gradual transition will help prevent any gastrointestinal issues and ensure a smooth adjustment to their new diet.

Tip #3: Allow your new cat time to acclimate

Your new cat may need a week or two to fully settle into their new home, so it’s important to postpone any introductions to family and friends until your pet is comfortable with both you and their surroundings. However, we do recommend scheduling a meet-and-greet 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 to the veterinarian shortly after the journey to your home can be stressful for your cat, so it’s best to let them relax for another week before any additional introductions.

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! Our team at Chatham’s Small Animal Hospital is excited to meet your new pet. Please give us a call to schedule their wellness visit, and let us provide the best care for your furry friend.