Have you recently adopted a new kitty? Congratulations! Going to a new home is a huge change for cats. You’ll want to take some steps to make sure that Fluffy feels comfortable and loved. Here, a Portland, OR vet offers advice on bonding with your cat.
Some of our feline buddies are very bold and friendly, and will immediately hop into your lap and make themselves at home. Others are much more wary, and will need time to relax and settle in. Don’t force attention on Fluffy, even if you think she is the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen. Let her approach you when she’s ready
Kitty body language can be very tricky. Take time to get to know your new pet. If she backs away when you try to pet her, or struggles to get away if you pick her up, she may need more time. Some cats also just don’t like to be held or cuddled. That doesn’t mean your furry pal won’t be content or loving: Fluffy may be happy just napping beside you.
To win your cat’s trust, you’ll need to make sure she associates you with good things. Offering basic TLC—good food, fresh water, veterinary care, and a clean litterbox—will go a long way towards getting that little motor going. You’ll also want to offer your furball lots of fun toys, and take time to play with her daily. Yummy teats will also help your feline pal feel loved and safe. Fluffy can have some plain, canned tuna in water; cooked, boneless meat, fish, or chicken; shredded deli meat; or store-bought treats. Giving your kitty pet furniture and comfy beds will help as well. Your furry friend may also enjoy some catnip.
Just talking to your cat in a gentle, friendly voice can help her feel calmer and more content. It doesn’t really matter what you say. Your kitty will know you’re paying attention to her. That’s the important thing.
Pay attention to your kitty’s body language. If Fluffy looks relaxed, she’s probably starting to settle in. However, if your furball is hiding, has her ears flat, or is lashing her tail, she isn’t quite at ease yet.
Please feel free to call us, your Portland, OR vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!