To a pet in need, there is nothing quite as wonderful as being adopted by a loving family. Shelters are full of cats and kittens in need of forever homes, and since April 30th is Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, we put together a list of 5 tips to use when preparing your home for a new fur baby.
Tip #1 - Give Your Cat Time to Adjust
Cats are very cautious by nature and don’t like sudden changes. You will want to give them plenty of space and time to adjust to their new surroundings. Set up a small space for them with food, water, and a litter box so they can feel comfortable having their things somewhere safe while they explore the rest of their new environment at their own pace.
Tip #2 - Have Your New Pet Checked Out by a Veterinarian
As soon as you adopt your shelter cat, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have them thoroughly checked out. Your veterinarian should test them for two serious diseases, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), as well as fleas, ticks, and anything else they may have picked up along the way.
Tip #3 - Set Up Comfy, Safe Spaces
Cats love to hide in small, comfortable spaces. Especially when moving to a new home, they will seek out areas to rest where they feel safe. Put a soft blanket in a box or basket, or you may choose to pick up a cat bed for them to slumber in.
Tip #4 - Cat-Proof Your Home
Before bringing your new ball of fur home, you’ll want to cat-proof your space, room by room. Tie up, or cut blind cords; keep candles out of each; cover up electric wires; and, watch out for poisonous plants, flowers, essential oils, and cleaning supplies. You may also want to switch to animal-friendly products, such as rock salt and ice melters.
Tip #5 - Get Plenty of Cat Toys
The best way to relax a nervous cat is through play. Use a soft voice and entertain your cat indoors for their safety. On2Pets products also provide your cat with the ultimate nature experience and make for a great welcome home gift!