Helping Your Cat Settle In

Helping Your Cat Settle In

Are you adopting a new feline buddy? Congratulations! We are always thrilled to see kitties going to loving forever homes. Changing households is a very big deal for Fluffy, so it’s important for you to make the transition smooth and comfortable for your pet. Here, a local Columbia, MD vet offers advice on helping your new cat settle in.

Homecoming

You’ll need to provide your new pet with basic kitty necessities, like food, water, bedding, a litterbox, litter, and toys, so a trip to the store is definitely necessary. Put all of Fluffy’s things in a secluded spot, like a spare bedroom or laundry room, at first. This will give your furry friend a safe, quiet place to relax and settle in.

Veterinary Care

Making a veterinary appointment should be at or near the top of your to-do list. You don’t necessarily have to bring your cat in on Day One, unless you suspect that she is sick or suffering from parasites. But before you give your furball free access to her new kingdom, you’ll want to make sure that she’s in good health and is current on vaccinations and parasite control. Your kitty should also be microchipped and spayed or neutered. While you’re there, get some professional tips on Fluffy’s diet and care needs.

Getting The Purr Started

Cats all have their own purrsonalities. A bold, friendly furball may immediately make herself at home, and might even hop right into your lap for a cuddle session. (Kitties know when they’ve been rescued, so it isn’t uncommon for them to openly adore their saviors.) However, not all furballs are that outgoing. Some are very shy, and will need time to settle in. Don’t force attention on Fluffy. Give her time to adjust, and let her decide when it’s time for snuggles. (Tip: offering toys and treats will help win her over.)

Introductions

If your new kitty will be an only pet, you won’t need to keep her quarantined for very long. However, if you have other pets, you’ll need to be very careful when introducing Fluffy to her new roommates. First impressions are a very big deal to cats! Ask your vet for specific advice on introducing your four-legged friends to one another.

Do you have any questions about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Columbia, MD veterinary hospital, anytime!

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