Preparing for getting a new cat
Getting a new cat is exciting, but it’s important not to rush into things. Don’t expect your new cat to instantly curl up on your lap, but this could happen given the right preparation.
If you have a spare room it’s a great idea to give this up as a ‘bonding room’ for your new cat. Put a litter tray, bedding, food and water into the room – make sure the tray, food and water are as far apart from each other as possible. When you bring your cat home, place the carrier into the room, open the door then leave them to settle in and begin exploring.
Hide & Seek
It’s normal for your cat to hide while they settle in, so provide them with places to do so like cat tunnels or cardboard boxes. Keep noise to a minimum and try not to disturb them for a couple of hours. Once they have settled in a bit you can go into the room and sit or lay on the floor, talking in a quiet and calm voice.
Time to Explore
Averagely your new cat will need between 2 and 7 days in the bonding room, but they will usually let you know when it’s time to start exploring the rest of your house. We recommend you keep your new cat indoors for at least 2 weeks so they begin to recognise where ‘home’ is. Let him/her outdoors gradually, try and do this just before a meal so they have a reason to come home.
Introducing a new cat
If you have other cats in your home, settling a new cat in can take longer. Cats have what is known as a ‘relative hierarchy’, meaning each cat has a different position based on time, place and situation. This hierarchy is an important part of a successful multi-cat household.