New Cat Parents
You brought home a new cat, and you want them to feel like part of the family. However, for your cat, everything is new and different—and it can take some time to adjust.
Here are some ways to offer your cat reassurance—so there are less “new-home jitters” and more time for bonding and playing.
Cats want to feel settled and safe as quickly as possible.
However, cats are creatures of habit. So even though they’ll soon be grateful for their “forever home,” it can take time to adjust to such a big life change.
They’ll come around and want to be your best friend soon. In the meantime, these tips can help your new cat feel comfortable faster…
Giving your kitty their own space will do wonders to help them settle in more quickly. Try these strategies for a successful adjustment…
More than likely, your cat will explore at night, when everyone’s asleep and the home is quiet. Then, once they’re feeling more secure, they’ll start to venture out from their hiding place during the daytime.
An average cat will take about 1-2 weeks to start acting more comfortable in a new home. Some cats adjust more quickly, while others can take several weeks or longer.
Even if they were outgoing before you adopted them, don’t be surprised if they suddenly become shy once you bring them home.
As long as your kitty is otherwise doing well (eating, drinking, using their litterbox, and not showing symptoms of illness), it’s okay to give them some time. This is their forever home—so there’s no rush.
Follow these principles for taking things slow…
If you’re new to cats, it’s helpful to learn their “signals.”
Even if you’ve had dogs before, cats are a little different. A few common examples include…
Tuning in to your cat’s cues will help you know what your pet is feeling and what they need, and aid the two of you in communicating and bonding. You can also accurately monitor how cat-to-cat interactions are progressing.
In addition to what they see, cats notice sounds and smells—so, thinking about these factors will help you support your cat.
For example, if you place your cat’s food or litter box near a noisy washer and dryer, they may be reluctant to go near their supplies. When in doubt, quiet is better.
You can also strategically use scents to help your new cat adapt. Look for pheromone products, which are scent signals that tell a cat they’re in a safe place. These products often come in spray, diffuser, and wipe formulations.
Some cats want to hang around their humans all day long—like a shadow always by your side. Other cats prefer to spend hours alone, but still need some attention from you each day.
Some cats love being picked up and carried, while others don’t like being picked up.
The point is, cat personalities and preferences are highly variable. So, if your previous cat or friend’s pet was a lap cat, you can’t assume your new kitty will be the same.
The best thing to do is observe and allow your kitty’s personality blossom naturally. Respecting their preferences for interactions will help you develop a rapport more quickly.
As you give your new cat space to explore and help them feel comfortable, they will truly be themselves and their personality will start to shine.
Within a few weeks after adoption, your cat will really open up to you—and that’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
From our family to yours,
Fromm Family Pet Food
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