June is Adopt A Cat Month! We’re always thrilled to see kitties getting adopted. However, going to a new home is a huge change for cats, and can be a bit scary for them. Therefore, you’ll want to take steps to make the transition easy on Fluffy. A Portland, OR vet offers some tips on how to do that below.
It doesn’t take much to turn your home into a luxury kitty palace. Provide your furry buddy with toys, treats, catnip, kitty furniture, and soft beds. Fluffy will also need food, dishes, a litterbox and litter, and, if possible, a comfy window seat. We recommend having everything set up before you bring your feline pal home.
Do you have other pets? If so, keep them and Fluffy in separate areas at first. Put your new cat’s things in a private room, such as a spare bedroom or laundry room, so she has a quiet place to settle in. Make introductions slowly and carefully. First impressions are a big deal to kitties!
Kitties definitely have a knack for getting into mischief. Do some petproofing, and remove or secure potential hazards. This includes things like toxic plants, medicine, strings, chemicals, plastic bags and ties, and anything small or sharp.
When trying to gain a cat’s trust, always let her come to you. Don’t pet or hold Fluffy if she seems uneasy, and never corner her. Sit on the floor, hold out a yummy treat, and call your kitty to you. Talk to her gently, and, when she allows it, pet her softly.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fluffy to her new doctor. Your furball should be fixed, microchipped, and brought up to date on vaccines and parasite control. This is a great time to get some specific care tips!
It may take Fluffy a while to adjust to her new home. This can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks or even longer. It really just depends on the cat. Focus on offering your feline friend lots of love and great TLC. You’ll have that little motor going in no time!
Please contact us, your Portland, OR vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We love meeting new patients!