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Letting Your New Cat Settle In

Are you adopting a new kitty? Congratulations! We are always thrilled to see cats going to loving forever homes. Getting a new owner is a big deal for our feline friends, however, so you may want to take a few precautions to help your pet settle in smoothly. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses helping Fluffy settle in.

Shopping

Before you bring your new kitty home, you’ll need to pick up a few things. Your shopping list should include bedding, toys, treats, dishes, a litterbox, and litter. You’ll also need to get cat food. If you know what your furry friend has been eating, get that same brand to start, and consult your vet before making any changes.

Preparation

At first, put your kitty’s things in a quiet back room. That way, Fluffy will have a safe, comfy spot to settle in and adjust to the sounds and scents of her new home. You’ll also need to do some catproofing: remove anything that is potentially dangerous, such as toxic plants, small objects; and sharp items. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet is definitely in order! We recommend that all cats be microchipped and spayed or neutered. You’ll also want to make sure Fluffy is up to date on her exams, vaccinations, and parasite control products. If you have other pets, make sure you get the green light from your vet before you let them interact. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Making Friends

Our feline buddies all have their own purrsonalities. Some bold, friendly furballs will make themselves right at home, and will waste no time hopping into your lap, exploring your closets, and generally assuming complete control of your household. Other kitties are much more shy, and will need time to adjust. Just be sure not to force attention on Fluffy, especially if she is timid. Talk to her, play with her, and give her toys and treats, but let her approach you. If you have other pets, keep them separated at first, and make introductions slowly and carefully. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact Armitage Animal Clinic with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. As your Newmarket, ON animal hospital, we are here to serve all your kitty’s veterinary care needs.

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