Six Dos and Don 'ts for Bringing Home A New Cat
If you've just adopted a new cat, there are some important tips you need to follow to ensure a smooth transition.
These include preparing a clean and safe indoor room, providing a litter box and bed, and making sure the cat has proper food and clean water.
A new cat needs time to adjust to its new home. Please be patient and careful.
1. Prepare A Safe And Quiet Room
It is very important to prepare your indoor environment before you bring your new cat home. It should be clean and free of any potential hazards. For example, remove any plants that are toxic to cats, such as lilies. You can also remove any plastic bags and toxic household products such as paint and antifreeze.
Also, remove any curtain cords and blinds that may pose a strangulation hazard. When bringing a new cat home, it is important to establish a quiet area for your new pet. This is supposed to be a small room with the door closed. A guest room, bathroom or armoire are all suitable places.
2. Be Patient And Establish A Routine For Your Cat
If you are bringing a new cat into the family, it is important to establish a routine for it. New cats are often confused, curious, and fearful. Make sure the new cat has a quiet space to avoid sudden noises. If you must introduce your new cat to other pets, try to separate them with a baby gate or other barrier. That way, they can gradually get used to each other without feeling too threatened.
3. Keep Your Old Cat Happy
Bringing a new cat home can be stressful. Your native cat may be reluctant to mix with a new addition and may even become aggressive towards the new cat. In this case, it is important to introduce gradually so that both cats can get used to each other's scent.
4. Allow Cats to Interact With Each Other in Limited Ways
Bringing a new cat home can be overwhelming for your older cat, but allowing them to interact in a limited way is a great way to ease their transition. The initial visual encounter should be brief, and once you observe that both cats are content and relaxed, you should remove the physical barrier immediately. You can improve their bond by feeding them snacks or playing small games with them. When you are sure that the two cats are not upset or frightened, it is also OK to remove the physical barrier.
5. Don't Change Your Cat's Food Too Early
Changing a cat's diet too soon after bringing a new cat home can cause problems. It is best to let the new cat eat the food it used to eat. Cats are creatures of habit, and introducing new foods too quickly can upset their stomachs. This can also lead to a fatty liver, which can be painful and life threatening.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these kinds of problems, including slowing down the introduction of new foods and allowing your cat to slowly adjust to the new diet plan.
6. Help Relieve Your Cat's Stress
In a new environment, cats may urinate freely due to stress (especially young cats). Place the litter box in a quiet, hidden corner to help your cat identify the toilet. Please clean the room in advance, especially the corners (such as the head of the bed, under the sofa, the top or bottom of the cabinet) to ensure that the cat does not get into the vents and get stuck. If the cat gets into the corner, don't force the cat out.
Don't bathe a new cat.
A list of things to prepare:
1. A proper cat carrier
2. Litter box (the bigger the better, and a semi-open litter box is best).
3. Cat litter (bentonite or tofu litter)
4. Cat bowl and birdbath
5. Cat scratching board (to prevent cats from scratching furniture)
6. Cat nail clippers (be careful not to cut your cat's blood lines)
7. Cat food
8. Cat den