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Bringing a new adult cat home

It’s an exciting time, bringing a new pet home to the house or family. However introducing an adult cat to the household takes patience.

Bringing a new adult cat home: What you need to know!

It's an exciting time, bringing a new pet home to the house or family. However introducing an adult cat to the household takes patience. It pays to take your time with introductions and make extra sure your new friend is comfortable in their new surroundings.

Get to know your new friend

If your cat came to you from a previous owner, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Was it an indoor or outdoor cat? Any quirky behaviours to watch out for? Did the cat love cuddles, or was it more aloof around people? Did the cat have much interaction with children? Having as much information as possible, including information on their preferred kitty litter or food will help your cat become acquainted with their new family and surroundings faster.

Don't push your new feline friend too fast

It pays to accept whatever amount of contact your new cat is willing to offer you at first and gradually work from there. Pushing them too fast will break the trust before it’s even begun. Let your new cat initiate interactions for the first couple of weeks, being extra slow and patient if they seem a little scared or skittish. Don't attempt to pick them up or pat them if they’re not comfortable, or ready. They may let you know this is not fine with a scratch or bite. Treats can help to break the ice. Be patient. Your kindness will pay off in the long run.

Allow gradual access to your home

Your new cat won’t feel secure about their new environment until they’ve had a chance to explore every inch of your house. When you bring them home, leave your pet in one room and then, slowly offer more and more access to other areas. By doing this, you’re making the task of settling in a lot less daunting and chances are your new cat will be darting in and out of rooms with confidence before you know it.

Establish a few routines

Some of the most important routines include playtime and meal time. Regular mealtimes are vital in the beginning, so your pet can build a sense of trust and appreciation of your presence. Regular playtimes also build on your relationship with your new cat. The normal activity level in your household and morning and evening rituals for your family are important, too. If you’re constantly changing how you do things, your cat can become confused and won’t know what to expect.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Lungworm & your cat

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Protect your cat from dreaded lungworm.