The Complete Handbook: How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—something we believe should be observed every month—our team is here to guide you through the process of welcoming a new cat into your home. Cats are sensitive beings, and entering a new environment can be stressful, especially if other animals have already established their territory.

If you’re bringing home a new cat, whether it’s one, two, or three, follow our team’s tips to ensure they feel welcomed and at ease.

#1: Establish a secure space for your new cat

It takes time for a new cat to feel comfortable around you, and even longer if you have other pets in the household. Help your cat feel safe and secure in their new surroundings by providing them with their own dedicated resources. Set up a spacious room exclusively for your feline friend, complete with their litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete for these essentials. Spend ample time playing with and interacting with your new cat, while also giving them uninterrupted space to explore on their own.

#2: Maintain consistency in their diet

The stress of moving to a new environment can unsettle a cat’s delicate digestive system. To avoid further stress, keep them on the same food they were accustomed to. If you wish to transition them to a new diet, allow a few days for them to settle in with their current food, and then gradually introduce the new food over the course of a week.

#3: Allow your new cat to acclimate

It may take a week or two for your cat to fully settle into their new home. Therefore, hold off on introducing them to family and friends until they have become comfortable with you and their surroundings. However, it’s important to schedule a meet-and-greet with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip shortly after arriving at your home can be stressful for your cat, so allow them an additional week of relaxation before any further introductions.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Our team is excited to meet your newest feline companion. Give us a call to schedule their wellness visit and ensure they receive the best care possible.