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Helping Your New Cat Settle In

Have you recently decided to adopt a new cat? Good for you! We love it when kitties find wonderful forever homes. First impressions are a very big deal to our feline friends, so you’ll want to make sure that those crucial first few days go smoothly. Below, a Poway, CA vet offers advice on helping Fluffy settle in.

Preparation

Before bringing Fluffy home, you’ll need to get the requisite supplies. Your furball will need a bed; toys; food and water dishes; food; a litterbox; and litter. Cat furniture and a scratching post or board are also recommended. Set these things up in a quiet room, such as a guest bedroom. You’ll also want to schedule a veterinary exam. If Fluffy needs vaccines or spay/neuter surgery, multiple appointments may be required. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

The Big Day

When you bring Fluffy home, put her in the back room. This will give her a comfy, quiet place where she can adjust to the smells and sounds of her new domain.

Food

If you know what kind of food Fluffy was eating before, get that brand for now. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Other Pets

If you have other pets, you’ll need to proceed with caution when making introductions. Keep your new cat in her own room at first. Your other furbabies probably won’t take long realizing there’s a new kitty in the house. Don’t be surprised if you see paws going back and forth under the door! Give your pets toys and treats around the door of Fluffy’s room, to help form positive associations. When you feel that it’s time, put your new furball in her carrier, and bring her into a family room or living room for official introductions. Cats may hiss at each other, and you may see some posturing, but this should diminish steadily. Give your furry friends time to get used to one another, and don’t leave them alone unsupervised until you’re sure they are getting along.

Letting Love Bloom

Don’t force attention on your feline friend. Let Fluffy dictate when she wants to be petted. Of course, some kitties are just cuddlebugs: your furball may immediately hop into your lap and start purring!

Please contact us, your Poway, CA animal clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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