When you bring a new cat into your home, you’ll have to realize that it will take some time for your kitty to get used to his new surroundings. Cats are attached to places and territory, so any move will be stressful. But here are six tips for getting your cat used to his new home.
- LET YOUR CAT EXPLORE AND INVESTIGATE
When you first get your cat home, let him explore. You could also let the cat explore one room at a time. For example, let the cat out in your bedroom first and then slowly let the cat into communal spaces.
- AVOID LOUD NOISES AND ABRUPT MOVEMENTS
Cats are afraid of loud noises and abrupt movements, so it’s best to avoid these when you first bring kitty home.
- REWARD SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
If your kitty comes out from hiding, be sure to reward him with affection and even treats.
- PROVIDE A SAFE HIDEAWAY
Be sure to provide a place where kitty feels safe. Perhaps a box or a bed in a quiet and secluded place where he doesn’t feel threatened.
- CREATE TRUST THROUGH ROUTINE
Your cat will begin to trust you if you set up a routine for waking up, going to bed and feeding. If routines are non-existent or erratic kitty will get nervous.
- INTRODUCE YOUR NEW KITTY TO OTHER CATS CAREFULLY
If you have a multi-cat household, it’s best to introduce your new addition very carefully. It’s suggested to get a calming atomizer such as Feliway as well.
After a few weeks, your new kitty will feel at home and become one of the family.