A Comprehensive Handbook: How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home
To celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month (which, in our opinion, should be observed 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 creatures, and entering a new environment, especially one already claimed by other animals, can be stressful for them.
If you’re preparing to welcome a new cat (or even multiple cats), follow our team’s tips to ensure they feel welcome and comfortable.
#1: Establish a secure space for your new cat
It takes time for a new cat to feel at ease around you, and even longer if there are other pets in your household. Help your cat feel safe and secure in their new surroundings by providing them with their own dedicated resources. Set up a spacious room with their litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and cozy bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete with other pets for these essential items. Spend ample time playing with, petting, and interacting with your new cat to help them get used to your presence, but also give them the freedom to explore their new environment undisturbed.
#2: Maintain consistency in their diet
Moving to a new environment can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system, so it’s best to avoid additional stress by sticking to the same food they were eating before. If you wish to transition them to a different diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current food and then gradually introduce the new food over a week.
#3: Allow your new cat time to acclimate
It may take a week or two for your cat to fully adjust to their new home, so hold off on introducing them to other family members and friends until they are comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, it’s important to schedule a meeting with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Another trip shortly after their journey to your home can be stressful, so let them relax for an additional week before any further introductions.