Bringing Your New Cat Home

You have decided a cat is the pet for you, you have prepped your home, and found the perfect kitty for your family.  It’s time to bring her home!

Whether it’s a full-grown cat or a kitten, prepare to transport your new friend properly.  Just carrying the cat in your arms is not a safe way to transport – there are far too many opportunities for the cat to get away from you and into harms way.  Not to mention that a scared cat, no matter how gentle, has not forgotten how to use her claws and teeth!

The safe way to transport your new friend is a
pet carrierA pet carrier not only ensures the  cat is not going to escape at a bad time, but it is also comforting to the cat. Cats like to feel secure and by nature will look for small spaces where nothing can get to them.  Your cat can feel SAFE in a pet carrier – and they will also BE safe.
Choose a pet carrier that is the appropriate size.  It should be large enough for the cat to easily turn around and change positions, but not so large they are jostled around in it.  There are two different types of pet carriers – single door and double door.  Single door pet carriers are the tradition kind with the door on the front.  Double door carriers add a door on the side.  I can tell you from experience that a cat is very good at figuring out how NOT to go into a carrier and how to NOT come out, so I really like the double door carrier.  The door on the side gives you a chance to outsmart your cat a little or at least sneak up on them!!

Adding a towel or small blanket to the carrier will make it extra comfy for your kitty too.

Your first stop with your new cat needs to be to your veterinarian to make sure your cat is up to date on all the required vaccinations.  Even cats who live indoors should always be current on rabies vaccinations and the other vaccinations your vet will recommend.  Your cat may not come into contact with other animals carrying rabies, but if your cat accidentally bites a visitor or gets out and bites or is bitten by another animal, you will want to know their vaccinations are complete.

When you arrive home with your new kitty, she is likely to be scared and confused in new surroundings.  So don’t overwhelm her with too many people or other animals – introduce her to the elements of her new home gradually.  Start out by letting her spend a little time in a quiet room where she can just get used to you – and keep that carrier handy as a safe place for her to retreat to and feel secure.  

If there are other pets in the house, introduce them gradually to the new cat and supervise to make sure the introductions are “amiable”.  Your pets may have to establish their territories or pecking orders, don’t let that lead to spats.  If you are bringing home a kitten to join an older cat, lavish attention on the older cat to be sure they do not feel like they are being replaced by the kitten.  Introduce family members and friends gradually with fun activities – like treats or lots of petting, so the cat associates the people in your life with good experiences.

Mostly, just give your new cat time and lots of love and they will soon settle in as a treasured member of your family.
Created on 10/31/11 at 09:53:51

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