How to Introduce a New Pet to Your Home

Offer Your Cat a Safe Place – You cat may need time to adjust to his or h

er new environment. Make sure there is a small secure place from which to hide and observe for a while.

Don’t Alter the Diet Too Quickly – For the first couple of weeks, try to keep feeding your cat on the same schedule as accustomed to at the shelter. Choose the same brands and types of food as well. Make changes slowly, adding a little of the new food to the old over time until a full transition is made.

Put the Litter Box in a Quiet, Low-Traffic Area – Even cats need the

ir privacy. For their comfort as well as insurance that the cat will use the box, set it up in a secluded area. Fine grain clumping litter is preferred by most cats, while kittens should have the non-clumping kind.

Set Up a Sturdy Scratching Post – A scratching post will not only save your furniture, but it will satisfy your cat’s natural urge to scratch. They mark their territory with their paws, so this will help them feel more at home.

Cat-proof You Home – Be sure to secure all cleaning products, medicines and toxic chemicals, and remove all poisonous houseplants before your cat’s arrival. It may also be a good idea to evaluate where your breakables are placed. Oh, and close the toilet lid!

Bring in Some Toys – When your cat starts to relax, he or she will be looking for something to do. Interactive toys are a great choice.

Prepare a Perch – Cats love to watch what goes on outside. If possible, prepare a windowsill for your cat’s vicarious adventures.

Socialize Your Cat – After the first two weeks, your cat should be ready for meet-and-greets. Slowly introduce other household pets, family and friends. Be sure to supervise and reassure your cat during this process.