Home and environment

Getting a new cat home and settled into the household needn't be a stressful experience

Five important things

  1. Your cat will need an area for food and a different area for water.
  2. Cats prefer their litter tray to be as far as possible from their food and water.
  3. A place to hide is a must for cats as well as a choice of sleeping places.
  4. Scratching posts and toys are also important.
  5. It can be three or four weeks before you can let your cat out in the garden. Some cats may need longer.

A happy and stress-free environment

Getting a new cat home and settled into the household needn't be a stressful experience. With some simple tips, you can help your furry friend ease in to the good life in no time!

Bringing a cat home

The first few hours after bringing your cat home can really affect how well they accept their new life. Be patient and never attempt to rush your cat into doing things before they are ready.

It is important to provide them with a quiet place with everything they need, so set aside a dedicated, secure room before you collect them.

See also: Bringing a cat home

Toileting and litter trays

Cats prefer to toilet where it's safe and quiet. They should be able to access their litter tray without having to pass other cats.

If possible, place litter trays in different and seperate private areas of the home, away from the food and water bowls.

See also: Toileting and litter trays

Moving home

Moving house can be a big deal for cats as they need to be surrounded by the familiar sights, sounds and scents of their own territory for them to feel relaxed and secure.

It is also very stressful for humans too, so some thought and careful planning will ensure it’s a smooth move for everyone.

There are two options for moving day:

  • booking your cat into a cattery
  • taking them with you as you move

Your choice should depend on your personal preference and your cat’s character.

See also: Moving home

See also: Choosing a cattery


Firework displays can be really upsetting for your cat. Keeping them in after dark and providing them with a litter tray, food and water bowls and a place to hide during firework season can help reduce the stress.

See also: Fireworks and bonfire night

Sleeping and beds

Cats like to have different places to sleep. There is a range of cat beds available, such as igloo beds, raised beds or hammocks for the radiator as well as raised beds, perfect to perch upon. You could simply provide a cardboard box on its side with a soft blanket inside.

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