Step-by-Step: How to Successfully Introduce a New Cat to Your Household
In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, which we believe should be acknowledged every month, our team is dedicated to making the process of bringing a new cat into your home as smooth as possible. Cats are sensitive beings, and entering a new environment can be stressful for them, especially if other animals have already established their territory. To ensure a warm welcome for your new feline companion, whether it’s one, two, or three cats, follow these tips from our team:
Tip #1: Establish a safe space for your new cat
Allow your new cat some time to feel comfortable around you, and keep in mind that integrating them into a household with existing pets may take even longer. Help your cat feel safe and secure in their new surroundings by providing them with their own dedicated area. Set up a spacious room where they can have their litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete with other animals for these essential resources. While it’s important to spend quality time playing with, petting, and interacting with your new cat, also give them space to explore on their own without interruptions.
Tip #2: Maintain a consistent diet
Moving to a new environment can be stressful for a cat, which may upset their delicate digestive system. To avoid further stress, continue feeding your cat the same food they were accustomed to. If you wish to transition them to a new diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current food, and then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.
Tip #3: Allow your new cat time to settle in
Your new cat may need a week or two to acclimate to their new home, so it’s best to postpone introductions to family and friends until your pet feels comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, it’s important to schedule a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is in good health and up to date on preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip shortly after arriving at your home can be stressful for your cat, so give them another week to relax before any further introductions.