Creating a Warm Home for Your New Cat: Tips and Tricks

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, a cause we passionately support year-round, the Bristol Animal Hospital team is here to guide you through the process of welcoming a new cat into your home. Cats are incredibly sensitive creatures, and transitioning to a new environment can be quite overwhelming for them, especially if there are other animals already claiming territory.

If you’re preparing to bring a new cat, or multiple cats, into your household, follow these expert tips from the Bristol Animal Hospital team to ensure they feel comfortable and loved from day one.

#1: Establish a safe space for your new cat

It takes time for a new cat to feel at ease in their new surroundings, and this process can be even longer if you have existing pets. Help your new feline friend feel safe and secure by creating their very own designated area. Set up a spacious room with their litter box, food and water dishes, scratching post, and cozy bedding. This way, they won’t have to compete for these essential resources. Remember to spend quality time playing, petting, and interacting with your new cat, gradually allowing them to get accustomed to your presence. However, it’s equally important to give them space to explore on their own, uninterrupted.

#2: Maintain a consistent diet

Moving to a new home can be stressful for a cat, which can disrupt their delicate digestive system. To avoid further stress, try to keep their diet consistent with what they were previously eating. If you plan to transition them to a new food, allow them a few days to settle in with their current diet. Then, over the course of a week, gradually introduce the new food while reducing the old one.

#3: Allow your new cat time to settle in

It’s essential to give your new cat ample time to adjust to their new home. They may need a week or two to feel comfortable before being introduced to other family members and friends. However, scheduling a visit with your trusted veterinarian should be a priority. This will ensure that your new cat is in good health and up to date on preventive care. Keep in mind that another trip to the veterinarian soon after their journey to your home can be stressful, so it’s best to give them an additional week to relax before any further introductions.

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! The Bristol Animal Hospital team is eager to meet your new furry friend. Feel free to give us a call to schedule their wellness visit, and we’ll be thrilled to provide them with exceptional care and support.