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10 Tips When Bringing Home a New Cat



6. Let the Cat Make the First Move

Go at the cat’s pace when it comes to interaction. It’s tempting to try to hold, pet or interact with your cat right away but depending on where she came from and her current comfort level, she may not be ready to have you get too close. You can use a fishing pole-type toy to conduct a casual, low-intensity play session to ease her anxiety. If she’s curious and seemed interested in checking you out, extend your index finger and let her approach to sniff it. Don’t try to pet her at first – just let her sniff your finger and if she wants further interaction, she’ll move closer to you.

7. Slowly Introduce Other Family Members to the New Cat

Everyone in the family will be anxious to get to know the new cat but she may not be ready to have several unfamiliar people crowded in her sanctuary room. Do individual introductions slowly. If she’s hiding and seems not yet ready, back off and let her continue to gain confidence in her new surroundings. There will be plenty of time later to make formal introductions.

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8. Let Your New Cat Explore

When your new cat feels comfortable and is no longer hiding, you can start to let her explore beyond her sanctuary room. If you live in a large home, don’t overwhelm her by letting her wander around in every room. Let her explore slowly, a little at a time so she always knows the route back to her sanctuary.

9. Introduce Other Family Pets to Your Cat

If there are other resident pets in the home then the introduction of the new kitty must be done with finesse and patience. Cat-to-cat introductions can be very tricky so take the time to give the cats a reason to like each other through a gradual intro and positive associations. Keep in mind that the resident cat will feel as if his territory has been invaded and the new kitty will feel as if she has been dropped across enemy lines. If the resident pet is a dog, use care to ensure safety for all concerned. Don’t leave the cat and dog alone until you’ve completed the introduction process are absolutely sure both the cat and the dog will be safe around each other.