So you have decided to bring a cat home! Congratulations! As they say, you will never be a cat lover till you own one and that is absolutely true.
While cats are generally easy to care for even for first timers, here are some tips to ensure that your cat settles down as quickly as possible with as little stress as possible.
1. PREPARE FOR YOUR CAT'S ARRIVAL
It helps greatly to be prepared before your cat's arrival. This means buying the necessary items such as litter box, litter, drinking fountain, food bowls, food, bed and a cat tree before you bring the cat home. Preparation always help to ensure a smoother transition into your home.
2. SET ASIDE AN AREA FOR YOUR CAT
This helps to reduce the area of strange environment that your cat will experience during the first few days at your home. A spare room will suffice. This will ensure that you can keep a close eye on your cat as it settles down. As time passes, your cat will grow in confidence and familiarity and you can then slowly introduce him to the rest of the house.
3. GIVE YOUR CAT TIME
Your cat may be confused in his new environment so give him some space to get comfortable. Some bold cats take a day or two before they start exploring. Others may take longer before they start to settle in. Do not add extra stress and confusion to your cat at this time by insisting on picking him up or petting him excessively. You may stay in the room with him reading a book or doing your own thing and letting him get used to your presence. However, over the top petting and touching is hardly recommended now.
4. MONITOR YOUR CAT CLOSELY
Look out for signs of any illness or stress. When cats are stressed or ill, they skip meals, they have diarrhea and they hardly sleep. While it is generally acceptable that cats display these signs for the first few days in a new environment, prolonged display of such symptoms may indicate that your cat is ill or taking a longer than normal time to settle down. A trip to the vet may be in order. If he is active, eating and using the litter box regularly, he is getting really comfortable in your home!
5. BUILD A BOND WITH YOUR CAT
Now that your cat is all settled in, start to build a bond with him! Play with him, feed him and shower him with loads of hearts and cuddles. In no time, your cat will love you as much as you love him and you are well on the way to having a dear companion for life!
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