This is an exciting time for you and your family. You’re about to bring home a new furry family member. Regardless of where the cat is coming from (shelter, rescue, breeder), here are some basic tips to help make the transition a bit easier for everyone. It’s important to not rush the process in order to give your cat time to adjust to her new surroundings and new family members. A little extra TLC during this time will help ensure a smoother transition. If you haven’t yet chosen your new cat, read the article on our website about making a good match.
1. Visit the Veterinarian
Even if your new cat is already up-to-date on vaccinations, visit the veterinarian for a medical check-up. This is important no matter where the cat from, but most especially if you don’t have any medical records. To give this newest family member the best start, have her checked by the veterinarian. This is also the time to talk to the veterinarian about any questions you may have about your new furry family member. During this visit you can also have her microchipped. Your cat may also be dewormed for internal parasites and you may be advised to start a flea control program for external parasites.
2. Cat-Proof Beforehand
It’ll be much easier to spend the time making sure your home is cat-safe before you bring in your newest family member. If you haven’t lived with a cat before you’ll be surprised at the places a kitty can hide and the trouble she can get into. Look at cat-proofing as you would baby-proofing but consider this “baby” as a super toddler who can jump almost seven times her height, squeeze into spaces that seem completely impossible, use her teeth to chew through cords, among many other talents that a new cat parent probably never thought possible.
3. Give Your New Cat a Place of Her Own
Even though you plan on providing this wonderfully loving home for your new cat, she’s not ready to see all of it yet. A cat is a territorial creature of habit and it’ll be overwhelming for her to simply be placed in the middle of the living room the first day you bring her home. If you do that, the first thing she’ll very likely do is run for cover somewhere. Instead, set up a sanctuary room (usually an extra bedroom or any room that can be closed off) so she can take time to get her bearings.