New cats need time to adjust, so hold off on meet-and-greets until they're comfortable and settled into a routine.
Go slowly at start
"Ensure your new rescue or shelter cat is healthy and up to date on vaccinations by scheduling a prompt vet appointment, which can also prevent the spread of any potential illnesses to other pets at home."
Ensuring the Health
Make sure to set up a comfortable and open litter box for your cat to avoid accidents. Experiment with different types of litter to find their preference.
Pleasant Litter Solution
Introduce a new cat slowly to family members and pets one at a time over an extended period. Keep pets separated except for supervised meetings. Teach children to interact with the new cat and watch everyone's reactions and stress levels.
DO not rush
"Create a safe, quiet room with basic necessities for your new cat to adjust to their new home gradually."
CREATE A SAFE SPACE
"Introducing your rescue cat to other pets takes time, so allow them to acclimate to each other's scents in a safe zone. Although cats may disrupt the hierarchy of your home at first, with patience, most pets can live together happily."
CATS LOVE FRIENDS
"Provide scratch pads and posts to meet your new cat's clawing needs and protect your furniture. Enhance their appeal with catnip or toys to encourage usage."
Curious cats are expert explorers, so secure your fragile items and prepare for a furry adventure once you bring your new cat home from the rescue or shelter.
LOVE TO EXPLORE
Make your new cat's transition easier by starting with familiar food. Remember that patience and care are necessary when bringing home a rescue cat. Share this article to help others save cat lives during Adopt-a-Cat Month!
Consider both low and high spaces when creating your cat's habitat. Provide hiding spaces and comfortable beds for low areas, and tall trees and wall shelves for high areas.
Low vs High Areas