Tips for Introducing a New Cat into the Home

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Introducing a New Cat into your Home

Introducing a new pet to your home is exciting, but a new cat comes with responsibility too.

A new cat may feel nervous and ill at ease in its new surroundings.

Fortunately, there are many things that you can do in order to make the transition easy on the new cat, you and any other family members or other pets.

By helping a new cat to settle into your home and become accustomed to the sights, smells and people, you will all have an easier time and develop a close bond.

How to Get Your New Cat Settled

  1. Do it one room at a time – set aside a space for the cat with its food, water, toys, litter tray and bed.
  2. Go slowly – let the new cat become accustomed to new rooms and spaces little by little at their own pace.
  3. Keep other pets away from them for the time being.

How to show your New Cat Love and Affection

Start by spending some quality time with them in their space, cuddling and playing with them, which will establish a bond between you.

If you have other animals, you need to also ensure you pay them attention, otherwise feelings of jealousy may cause problems later one.

A new cat requires extra cuddling and attention in order to feel welcomed into the new environment.

Introducing a New Cat to Other Animals

Cat Sitting Front DoorIf you have other pets in the home, then you need to be careful about how you introduce them if you want them to get along.

If you have several other pets, introduce them one at a time.

It is usually best to introduce a new cat to the older animals first, since they tend to be more calm and relaxed.

Sometimes the new cat may not be interested in interacting with other animals.

Don’t try to force the situation, simply accept their reaction and try introducing them again a little later.

Gradual and relaxed introductions will help to ease the transition for both the other animals and the new cat.

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