Now that you’re prepared with supplies, created a secure space, and cat-proofed, (https://bendpetexpress.com/2019/06/youre-adopting-cat-now/) it’s time to bring your new cat home.

The number one rule when introducing a new cat into your home is to be patient. It might take Mr. Snuggles a week or two to adjust to his new environment which is totally normal. The most helpful thing you can do is to show it love by making the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Here’s how to do that:

Bring your cat home in a carrier. Cats are prey animals, so instinctually small spaces make them feel safe and protected.

Take your cat directly to his new space. There will be a lot of changes and stimulus on his first day home, so take your cat directly to his new room (close the toilet lid if you’re keeping him in the bathroom). 

Don’t be alarmed if you new cat doesn’t eat at first. With so much going on your cat might not eat at first. One way to ease the transition is to feed him the same food he ate at the shelter for the time being. His whole environment is changing, so a little consistency will give him comfort. Also make sure he’s drinking water and change it frequently. When the time comes to change his diet we can give you all of your options. 

Try CBD. CBD can treat anxiety, depression and loss of appetite…all things that a cat might experience when adjusting to a new home. There are so many options when it comes to CBD, like oils or edibles, that choosing one can be overwhelming. Please stop by your local Bend Pet Express, or shoot us a message, and we will help you make an informed decision for you and your pets.

Limit his exposure to the whole family. This next one seems almost impossible. Since it’s probably not realistic to ask the rest of your family to stay away from Mr. Snuggles, let’s make sure the introductions cause as little stress as possible.

Here’s how to do that:

Never force your cat to come to you. Let him approach you at his own pace. One way to do this is to simply sit on the ground in his room and be patient.

When your cat gets more comfortable and wants to explore. You might notice your cat starts sneaking about at night when it’s more calm. Remember not to pressure him to do anything he doesn’t want to do as he expands his territory. You can encourage play by adding a feather toy or a cat tree with catnip to his room. 

Take your new cat for a wellness check. Be sure to make an appointment with your Veterinarian within the first few weeks of bringing your cat home. And remember to bring the adoption paperwork which should include information about immunizations. 

 

Congratulations! If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted feline family member in no time.