Welcoming a new cat

Welcoming your new cat

Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Bringing home a new cat is an exciting time. Here are a few tips to make kitty’s homecoming smooth and relatively stress free.

Supplies

Make sure you have the following essential supplies before you pick up your cat from her foster home:

  • Litter tray, litter, and a litter scoop
  • Food,  the old adage “you are what you eat” really is true.  A good quality food will ensure they stay fit and healthy for longer.
  • Bowls for food and water, preferably shallow (about 2cm deep). Cats don’t like their whiskers in their food!
  • Cat bed. A soft blanket will do.
  • Cat toys.
  • Scratching post or cat tree.
  • Cat brush particularly for long haired breeds.

You might also want to consider:

  • Something to calm your new cat, like a Feliway diffuser (available from your vet clinic or pet shop.
  • Cat treats.
  • Ask the foster parent(s) if they would be willing to let you borrow a favourite toy or blanket. The familiar feel and scent of the item will bring comfort to your new cat, and ease the transition.

The “Safe Room”

You’ll need to designate a separate room for your cat for the first few days or weeks of his arrival. This is to reduce stress and get him used to the smells, sounds, and feel of his new home. Some cats only need a few days in the safe room, while others will need longer. Don’t feel bad about keeping your new cat in a separate room, even if he wants to come out! He’s got everything he needs in there, and trust us, the outcome is well worth it.

If your new cat is a kitten, make sure to kitten-proof the room:

  • Put child-safe covers on electrical outlets.
  • Remove any electrical cords or wires and breakable items.
  • Remove any chemical cleaners.

Check on your new cat regularly. Fill her water dish, play with her, talk to her, and most of all, give her lots of love!