Your new cat may have been abandoned
or surrendered by a previous family. The cat or kitten had to adjust
to the shelter and now is going home to a new, unfamiliar place with
strangers. Kind of scary if you think about it! Being gentle, considerate,
kind and patient will help ease your friend into his new family.
"I am scared"
Your cat might be afraid and unsure
of his new surroundings. It is completely normal for a cat to hide
out for the first couple days or even weeks. It is best to put your
cat in a small private room to start, instead of giving him access
to the entire house. Be sure to have his food, water, and litter
box close by.
Establish a routine!
Routine is important for cats; they
want to know what to expect. Establish a routine for feeding, litter
box duty, play time and grooming. Make sure these duties are performed
on a consistent schedule.
Your cat had a completely different routine
before he met you. He may have used a different litter, eaten a different
food and had another set of rules. A new routine will take some time
for him to adjust to; please be patient. Keeping him in a small private
area to start will help him with his new routine. If you need help,
call our Behavior Helpline at 954. 266.6851
Things can get touchy!
Many cats are uncomfortable being picked
up and held, but will sit in your lap happily for hours. Some like
to cuddle right beside you. Let your kitty do what's most comfortable
for him. Petting and cuddling are important, but don't overwhelm your
cat with too much attention. Respect your cat's need for rest and
How long will all this take?
Allow your cat or kitten several weeks
to adapt to his new surroundings and up to 4 months to fully adjust
(adult cats may take longer than kittens). Adopting a pet is a lifetime
commitment. We assume that you will make a patient and concerted effort
to achieve a successful placement.
Call and ask!
If you have any concerns or problems
regarding your animal's health or behavior, please don't hesitate
to call us at 954.266.6851 You can also checkout our behavior handouts
from our behavior and training page.
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