Bringing Home An Adopted Cat
- May 8, 2020
- Fizzion Clean
Shifting into a new house for the first time is quite a scary and nerve-wracking experience. Well, it’s the same scenario when you bring a cat home for the first time. The reason for that is because cats do not like change, especially if it’s a change of territory. Hence, they feel terrified and uneasy, but don’t worry, they won’t feel this way forever as long as you make their transition as welcoming as possible.
First things first, you have to start by making the house cat friendly before your cat even enters it. Since cats are territorial, it is essential to give them a dedicated “cat space” to play in. Most people have this room in the basement, the roof, or the laundry room. The place is then filled with a bunch of cat toys, a bed, as well as a litter box. Next, there should be a type of food station in this room, so the cat has a sufficient intake of daily nutrition and water. This station should be far away from the litter box. All the entrances, doors and windows should be locked.
You have other animals, especially dogs; they should be kept away from the new addition of the family until the cat is comfortable. Your cat is terrified, and the last thing we want to do is overwhelm it with attention! Shouting at a cat is a terrible idea, especially if the cat is new to the house. Once your cat has settled in, be ready to spend hours and hours with it daily. This way, your cat will get used to you being around it and very likely speed up the process of becoming comfortable in the new space.
After preparing and cat-proofing every other space in your home, it is now time to have some raised surfaces around the house. Cats ought to get up and explore their area. Don’t be shocked if it doesn’t eat initially. It is usual for re-hosted cats to display little interest in food, sometimes for a few days. Pick up the remaining leftovers and leave. Come back in a few hours for a fresh meal of the same high-quality cat food. If the cat is asking for attention, you should open the door and allow it to move around the house and explore. After a few weeks, your cat will slowly keep doing this, and you will slowly keep introducing it to new rooms until the cat is now comfortable with the whole house.
The willingness of animals to come together in the same household relies on their particular personalities. There’s just going to be one that rules. A new cat sometimes upsets the current pecking order, or an old cat or dog can find it appropriate to assert supremacy immediately. Getting comfortable with another addition in the family is a massive change for animals. The phase of getting comfortable and acquainted can last a while, but it’s a significant element in the effective adoption of a new animal.
A scared cat will quickly break out of a wide-open window. It is recommended to have animals indoors for their whole existence, but if you do want to take the new cat outside, it must remain entirely indoors for at least one month and the young cat before it grows up.
It’s important to remember the whole process takes time, and you, as an owner, should do everything in your power to speed up the process for the cat.
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