When bringing a new cat into your home, there will be a period of adjustment. We understand getting used to a new environment can take time. They may feel intimidated, scared, restless, and uncomfortable in their new space. As fur parents, our job is to support them until they become comfortable living in their new home. In this article, we will discuss five ways to help your new feline friend get used to their new home.
1. Set up a comfortable place for your cat
It should be a room with less interaction among household members so your cat can rest peacefully. Your new cat will prefer a quiet room where you can visit and sit with them from time to time while they adjust to their new surroundings. Once they are sure that their new environment is safe, they may be comfortable in a more high-traffic area, such as the living room.
2. Prepare your cat’s hiding places
Your cat may have a hard time adjusting to a new environment, so it is important to offer different hiding options. There are many places where they can hide, such as under a bed, inside a wardrobe, or even inside cardboard boxes that you can position around the room. Make these places cozy, warm, and private by adding cat beds and blankets.
Cats generally want some time alone so it is best to let them hide in places where they feel comfortable and secure.
3. Ensure your cat has access to everything they need
The basic needs of cats such as cat beds, food, and water bowls should be accessible at all times. The water bowls should have fresh water to make sure that they are well hydrated at all times. Adding a scratching post will keep their claws healthy and allow them to deposit familiar scents in their paws to help them adjust. You may also include toys near their area but they should be safe to use even without your supervision.
4. Make your house escape-proof
The first few days in a new house may be frightening for your new feline friend. Their instinct may be to run away, so keeping all doors and windows shut is very important.
You should check for any areas, doors, or holes from which your cat may manage to slip out. Everyone in the household needs to know where your new cat is during these first few days in the house.
You should always check with your vet and if possible make sure to get your new pet microchipped before bringing it home. Having your new fur baby escape from home is scary. This is why having your pet microchipped can be helpful in tracking them. The microchipping procedure is quick, painless, and inexpensive.
5. Interact with your cat
The best way your cat will fully adjust to their new home is through their fur parents. They will feel secure and safe when they are comfortable with household members. Approach them by petting, playing, and talking to them. The goal is to prevent your cat from feeling stressed and frightened. Making them happy enables them to adjust quickly.
Giving them extra attention throughout the day will show them how much you love them. Hug Your Cat Day is the perfect opportunity to show your feline friend just how much they mean to you! What are some other ways you like to show your cat some love? Let us know in the comments below!