We are delighted to share this post provided by Figo Pet Insurance on Cat Introductions
Your guide to Transitioning a Cat into your Home
That cute kitten was simply irresistible, so you are adding a new
feline to the family. Or maybe it is an adult cat that caught your
fancy and will be moving in. Either way, know that the introduction to a
new space can be tricky for both you and the cat. This is particularly true
if you already have pets and 62 percent of pet-owning households
include more than one pet, according to a 2012 demographic study by
the American Veterinary Medical Association.
When pets don’t get along, it can cause their owners great stress.
With that in mind, we offer this quick guide on how to introduce a new
cat to its new home plus current pets and even the baby while also
keeping the peace.
Check out this great slideshow with a wealth of knowledge on tips for a smooth cat introduction.
Welcome Home Kitty
Cats like confined spaces and hiding places in which they feel safe. Initially, they could be overwhelmed in the big, wide world that is a new home. So welcome your cat in a sanctuary room — such as a den, spare bedroom or even the laundry room — for at least the first week until it adapts to being in a new place. This holds true whether there’s a pet in the home already or not. Provide food, water, a litter box, a scratching post and toys.