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What to Do When Bringing Your New Cat Home

If you’re planning on getting a cat or a kitten, you must already know that there are many things to consider. Not only do you need to purchase your new feline friend from a reputable breeder to make sure it’s happy and healthy, you need to do everything you can to make the new addition to the family happy and comfortable in your home. This starts in the car on the way to your house, believe it or not. Many cats hate travelling in cars, so it’s important you keep them in a carry cage lined with newspaper – otherwise, they could distract the driver of the car or try to hide under the seat and get stuck. They might meow a bit, but they’ll be fine! Now, here’s what you need to do once your cat has gotten over the initial shock of the car ride home:

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Starting Out

You need to select a room in your home away from the main foot traffic to dedicate to your cat. This should be equipped with everything your cat needs. Don’t worry if they seem scared, this is normal and they could stay this way for a few days or even a few weeks. Any reputable place that has kittens for sale should be able to give you a lot of information on this.

Make sure that your windows are secured and your new cat can’t escape. There have been many stories of new cats escaping, no matter how much they seem to be getting to like their new home, and then becoming disorientated and injured.

Going Outside

Domestic cats are much better kept as indoor pets, as this greatly reduces their risk of fighting, injury, car accidents, disease, and death. However, many people still let their cats out to roam freely. This is personal preference, but you definitely shouldn’t let your new cat outside when you take it home. Even if your cat seems to long to go outside, keep it inside. A new cat is much more likely to get lost, so keep them in until they are at least 12 months old. If you must let your cat be an outdoor cat, try to train it to come home at night by always having a set feeding time on the hour you like them to come home. This can greatly reduce their risk of being killed by predators.

Introducing them to Other Pets

If you’re planning on introducing your cat to your other pets, the best way to go about it is to take it very slowly. Keep your cat in one room at first, and resist the temptation to introduce them straight away. Your other pets need to get used to the new smell in the house while realising you still love them and they aren’t going to lose their home. By taking a slower approach, your pets will be much happier and more comfortable.

If you’re bringing a new cat home, follow the advice here for a happy, healthy cat that loves it’s new surroundings. The slow, careful approach will be well worth it!

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