Welcoming Your Cat Home
Adopting a cat or kitten can be both exciting and daunting, and you'll need to help settle your new pet into its home. A change of environment can be stressful for a cat and it might take a few weeks for them to get used to their new home. Be prepared to be patient and don't rush it go at the pace the cat / kitten wants to. Expecting a new cat in your home here is some advice as to how to settle it in.
What does my new cat need? Download the checklist by clicking the link.
Travelling Home with Your New Cat
Cats become attached to their surroundings and can find travelling stressful, so taking your cat from their old environment to their new home should be done with care. Cats are reliant on scent and are likely to settle into their new environment if it smells familiar. If you adopt a cat from us you will be given items that have the cats scent on them i.e. blankets, beds or toys. This will help your cat feel more settled. Put some of these in your cat carrier it should keep them calm and will help to create a reassuring environment.
First Steps in a New Home
Cats will take time to get used to their new environment is a step by step process and you'll need to be patient. On arriving home, leave your cat alone to explore their room for an hour or so before greeting them.
Once your cat is confident with you, they're ready to meet the rest of the family. Children will need to learn how to interact with cats - even the friendliest feline will defend themselves if they're pushed or pulled too much.
Don't let your cat go outside until they've fully adjusted to their new home - this usually takes between three and four weeks. If your cat isn't neutered, don't let them out until the operation has been carried out.
The Cats Protection guide on Welcoming Home Your Cat is full of additional advice that includes:
- Meeting the family
- Exploring the Rest of the House
- Introducing Other Pets
To see this guide go to: The Cats Protection guide on Welcoming Home Your Cat guide.