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

In celebration of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—which, in our humble opinion, should be recognized every month—we, the team at Bristol County Veterinary Hospital, want to guide you through the process of bringing a new cat into your home. Cats are wonderfully sensitive creatures, and entering a new environment can be quite stressful for them, especially if other animals have already staked their claim to the territory.

Whether you’re welcoming one cat or several into your home, here are some valuable tips from our team to help make them feel truly welcome.

#1: Establish a safe haven for your new cat

It often takes several days for a new cat to feel at ease around you, and even longer if you have other pets. To ensure their comfort and security in their new surroundings, we recommend setting up a dedicated space just for them. Provide a spacious room equipped with their own litter box, food and water bowls, scratching post, and a cozy bed. By doing so, you prevent them from having to compete for these essential resources. While it’s important to spend ample time playing with, petting, and interacting with your new feline friend, also give them the freedom to explore their new environment undisturbed.

#2: Maintain a consistent diet

The stress of transitioning to a new home can upset a cat’s delicate digestive system. To avoid further distress, it’s best to continue feeding them the same food they were accustomed to. If you wish to transition them to a different diet, give them a few days to settle in with their current food before gradually introducing the new one over the course of a week.

#3: Allow your new cat to acclimate

It’s important to give your cat ample time to adjust to their new home. It may take a week or two for them to feel fully comfortable. As tempting as it may be to introduce them to family and friends right away, it’s wise to wait until your pet has become acclimated to both you and their surroundings. However, we highly recommend scheduling an initial visit with your regular veterinarian to ensure your new cat is in good health and up to date on preventive care. It’s best to wait at least another week before making any additional introductions, as another trip so soon after their journey to your home can be quite stressful for your cat.

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! The team at Bristol County Veterinary Hospital is thrilled to meet your new furry friend. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule their wellness visit.