A Successful Introduction: Step-by-Step Guide to Bringing a New Cat into Your Home

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we want to help you smoothly integrate a new cat into your household. Cats are sensitive creatures, and adjusting to a new environment can be overwhelming, especially if there are already resident animals. Follow our expert tips to ensure a warm welcome for your new feline friend—or friends.

#1: Establish a Safe Haven for Your New Cat

Give your new cat time and space to acclimate by setting up a dedicated area exclusively for them. Choose a large room where they can feel secure and provide essential resources such as a litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and cozy bedding. Spend quality time playing, petting, and interacting with your new cat while also allowing them uninterrupted exploration.

#2: Maintain Consistency in Diet

Moving can disrupt a cat’s delicate digestive system, so minimize further stress by continuing their current diet. If you plan to switch to a different food, gradually introduce it over a week, allowing them to adjust at their own pace.

#3: Allow Ample Settling-in Time

Give your new cat at least a week or two to settle into their new environment before introducing them to family and friends. However, it’s crucial to schedule an initial visit with your veterinarian to ensure your cat’s health and preventive care needs are addressed. While another trip shortly after their arrival can be stressful, it’s important to prioritize their well-being.

Congratulations on your new feline addition! Our team is eager to meet your newest family member, so don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule their wellness visit.