Are you adopting a new kitty? That’s wonderful! We are always thrilled to see cats going to great forever homes. Getting adopted into a new family is a huge change for Fluffy, so you’ll want to do everything you can to make the adjustment easy on her. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses helping your new cat settle in.
A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Fluffy will need food, treats, toys, bedding, and, of course, a litterbox and litter. We also recommend picking up some kitty furniture. Cat towers are always a great choice, as they offer kitties a napping spot, vantage point, and nail-care station, all in one. Pet tents, kitty condos, and window seats are also very popular with our furry friends.
Put all of Fluffy’s things in a quiet back room at first. This will give your new pet a comfy, private spot to settle in. When the big day arrives, put your kitty in that room, and give her a few days to adjust.
Schedule a veterinary appointment for your kitty. If you have other pets, keep them separated until you get the all-clear. Your furry pals should all be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up to date on vaccinations and parasite control before you introduce them. Ask your vet for specific advice.
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Some kitties are bold and fearless, and will immediately make themselves at home on your couch. Others are more timid, and may hide until they feel comfortable. Don’t force attention on Fluffy, no matter how cute she looks. Talk to her, play with her, and offer toys and treats, but let her decide when she wants to cuddle. You’ll have that little motor going before you know it!
If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. Don’t leave your furry friends alone together without supervision until you are sure they are getting along. Ask your vet for more information.
To make your home safe for Fluffy, you’ll want to secure or remove toxic plants, plastic bags and wrappers, wires and cords, chemicals, medications, and any small or sharp objects. Ask your vet for kittyproofing tips.
Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Scottsdale, AZ animal clinic, today!