Bringing a Rescue Cat Home
Rescuing a cat can be an incredibly fulfilling journey, for you and your new addition to the family. While you may be eager to bring your new furry BFF into your home, it’s important to realize how stressful this can be for them. Preparing your home for their arrival is key to a smooth transition.
How can I prepare my home?
Prepare an area – While you may have full intentions of giving your cat free reign of the house, this can be overwhelming for a cat at first. Having such a large, unknown place to explore can be frightening, so it’s important to help them to feel safe and in control of their new surroundings. Preparing a small area or room with food, water, a litter box, and a cozy place to sleep can help to ease their fear of their new surroundings. Also, consider purchasing a wall plug-in that delivers pheromones into the room. These are known to help wind down an anxious feline in a stressful situation. Once they have become comfortable in their new space, you can start to let them explore the rest of your home.
Cat proof your home – If this is your first cat, you may not realize that you need to prepare your home for their safety. A frightened cat can find a small place to crawl in if they feel uneasy, opening the possibility of getting stuck or being injured in the process. Take a look around your home and make sure there aren’t any small hideaways or dangerous places they can access.
Give them a perch – If possible, purchase a cat tree to help enrich the move-in process for your new furry friend. Cats like to sit up high and examine their surroundings. This also gives them the opportunity to jump up high when they are not quite ready to interact with their new surroundings on the ground. This is especially important if you have other pets.
How do I get to know my new rescue cat?
Cats prefer to get to know a new person on their terms. This is especially true of a rescue cat, seeing as you might not know much about their history and their previous experiences. You may be excited to form a bond with your feline friend, but it is important to take this process slowly. In the first few days, sit on the floor with your new pet, giving them the option to come to you as they please. Show them that you are a safe person to lean on and that you will not pressure them if they are not ready to interact. Once they have free reign of the house, let them explore on their terms. This can be an extremely overwhelming process for your rescue cat, so giving them some control is key. Also, do not rush an introduction with your other pets if you have them. Your new addition will need time to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings before they even consider meeting the rest of your furry family.
Are they healthy?
After your feisty feline has had some time to familiarize themselves with you and your home, schedule a check-up at your local vet. While most rescue cats come with a clean bill of health at adoption, it’s important to stay ahead of any possible medical problems. Keeping your new pet healthy is key to a happy life together.
Enjoy your lives together!
Bringing a rescue pet into your home can be one of the best decisions you can make. You’ll have a forever friend along with the knowledge that you made an incredible difference in their life. Enjoy your new family member!