Getting a Cat
Welcoming a new feline friend into your family is an exciting time, but it’s also a time of great change for your household. Here are some suggestions to make the settling in period easier for everyone.
- Some cats adapt to new surroundings quickly but others are a little nervous at first and may prefer to hide. If your cat is shy, don’t rush into patting him or picking him up; give him time to settle in. If possible, give him a comfortable space of his own, whether it is a small room or a cardboard box, perhaps (we all know how much cats love boxes!). It will be a place for him to retreat to when he’s feeling overwhelmed. It won’t be long before he comes out of his shell and is quite happy to cuddle up on your lap.
- Pay close attention to your new pet’s diet. It’s important that he is fed a nutritionally balanced food that contains everything he needs to keep him in good condition. Butcher’s Really or Butcher’s Classic is an ideal choice; it’s a tasty nutritionally balanced and complete natural cat food that contains salmon oil for healthy skin and joints. Don’t change his food suddenly because this can cause upset tummies. Instead, gradually reduce the amount of his old food and increase the amount of his new food he is given over the course of a week.
- Make sure your cat is up to date with his veterinary care. Check that his vaccinations are current and work out when he is next due for worming treatment. Change his micro-chip record into your name so you’ll be contacted should he go missing. If he isn’t neutered, then you will need to schedule that for when he is 6 months old.
- Start off on the right foot with litter training. Give him two or three trays, each with a different type of cat litter in it. It’s likely that he’ll be happy with at least one of them, so he’ll start going to the toilet in the tray right from the start. Keep his tray clean, because he won’t like using a dirty tray and may start soiling the floor. Once he starts doing that, it can be difficult to change his behaviour so you’re better off preventing it happening in the first place.
- Don’t forget the toys! Cats are great company, and playing with them will build a strong relationship between you and your furry companion. Being predators, any sort of chasing game will be enjoyed, and if the toy squeaks when it is “killed”, that’s even more fun. If your cat is going to be home alone often, then there are specific toys that are designed to keep him busy and prevent boredom when you’re out.
The settling in period for a new cat can take some weeks, depending on his temperament and what he has experienced before he arrived at your home. With patience, your new companion will quickly become part of your family and soon you won’t be able to imagine life without him.
Once your cat has settled in, it is a good idea to complete a weekly health check to ensure they are healthy and happy – this is also a good way of bonding with your cat.