The Whole Cat and Kaboodle

Your New Cat!

“Be prepared & patient!” – This should be your mantra when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings, and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks.

You can avoid pitfalls with your new cat and help him or her adapt more easily by following these guidelines:

Before you bring your cat home:

First Days:

Now, you are ready for your cat’s homecoming. Preferably, bring them home in a cat carrier as it will make them feel safer. They will have seen a lot of excitement for the day, so take them directly to their new room. Ideally, you would restrict exposure to the whole family so it’s not so overwhelming, but pay attention to your cat’s personality and needs. Some cats need lots of attention for reassurance, while others need quiet time to mentally absorb all the changes that are happening.

Following Weeks:

It may take your cat a week or two, or even a month to fully adjust. Be patient!

Congratulations! If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to having a well-adjusted feline family member!

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