Thinking of getting a new kitty? Check our rules to prepare your house and family
Opening your doors to a new pet can be extremely rewarding, but you must follow some rules in order to make the best of it. A new kitty can be an excellent addition to any home, but you might not know exactly what to do to properly introduce him to your house.
Just make sure that your new four-legged friend is going to fit in. Follow these next tips and make your new cat feel comfortable in your house, avoiding the stress of a nervous feline. In no time, he’ll be walking around like the king of the castle.
If this is your first pet, you’re probably inexperienced with cats. So, what should you do to correctly introduce your furry friend to his new house and family? It’s easy, just follow our guide, but remember that the situation changes completely if there are other pets in the house. This is a guide onlyÂ for families that are getting their first cat.
1. Create a room where the cat can feel safe
Once the kitty is in your house, confine it to just one room. This will be his safe space, where he will learn to adjust to the new environment and smells. Transport the cat in a carrier and place it in the safe room with the door open: don’t force the kitty out, he will leave the carrier once he feels safe. Let him discover the room, in which he must stay for a week, on his own. This safe space must have food and water, a litter box (place it as far away as possible from the eating area), some toys, a scratching post, an old blanket with the house and the family smells and a nice sleeping area.
2. Chose the right litter box
A good litter box can save you a lot of work. Also, don’t forget to get aÂ thinly granulated litter, one that doesn’t overwhelm the kitty with its strong scent or isn’t so thick that it’s unpleasant to use. The litter box should be in the quietest part of the safe room, so the kitty isn’t scared by noises and starts to feel afraid to use the box. If the kitty doesn’t like the litter you got – you can notice if he spends time batting it around or just circles the box nervously – you should try a different brand. But, especially, don’t punish the kitty for not using the litter box as his bathroom, you can make the situation even more difficult.
3. Give attention to your pet
Cats love to be the centre of attentions, so give him lots of love. If he likes it, pet him and spend time with him in the safe room. In the first days it’s really important to let the cat explore you, even if that means climbing on you. After the first days, you can start playing with him, using toys. But nothing too complex, his main mission is getting settled. This means, obviously, that you must have the time to take care of your new pet, so if you’re too busy think how will you be able to take care of a new kitty.
4. Make the transition to the rest of the house
After some days in the safe room, according to his behaviour, the kitty is ready to get out and get to know the rest of the house. First, bring things from the rest of the house to the safe space, like a pillow from the couch or a blanket, so he can smell them. Next, open the door and let the kitty go out by himself, it must be his decision. Before doing this, remember to cover any furniture – use aluminum foil or wire cooling racks – you’re afraid he’ll ruin. Once he is used to the rest of the house, you can move his food and litter box to other locations and show him where they are, one thing at a time or he’ll feel anxious.