With June being Cat Adoption Month, it may be the right time for you to consider bringing a furry friend into your home. The following article is provided by Petfinder and is a compilation of different tips to make your cat's transition to your home smooth and comforting for the both of you.
Tips for the First 30 Days of Cat Adoptionby Petfinder
Sara Kent, Director, Shelter Outreach, Petfinder
Be prepared should be your mantra when bringing a new pet into your home. Cats are particularly sensitive to new surroundings and some may hide under a bed or in a closet for days or even weeks.
You can avoid pitfalls with your new critter and help him or her adapt more easily by following these guidelines:
Before You Bring Your Cat Home:
Now, you are ready for your cat’s homecoming. Preferably, bring her home in a cat carrier. It will feel safer to her. She has seen a lot of excitement, so take her directly to her new room. (Make sure the toilet lid is down, if she’s to acclimate in your bathroom.) Ideally, you would restrict her exposure to the whole family, but naturally, everyone is going to want to see her. Remind them of the ground rules you’ve set up.
It may take your cat a week or two to adjust. Be patient.