Just added a new kitten or cat to your family? Congratulations! Cats make wonderful, loyal companions and have such unique personalities – that’s why we love them! Here are some tips on getting your new cat settled at home and preparing your cat for their first trip to the vet.
From keeping it calm to exercise, we’ve got 10 helpful tips for new cat owners!
Find Your Zen
When introducing them to your home, use a calm, gentle voice and slow, deliberate motions around your cat to help them feel at ease.
Room by Room
Give your cat time to get used to their space. Cats like to investigate their surroundings, so let them explore and get comfortable at their own pace. Consider letting them get used to one room first and then expand the space they have access to.
Establish a routine with your cat. Try feeding them at regular times so they know what to expect and feel at ease.
Consider using a cat-specific, stress-relieving pheromone such as Feliway. Pheromones come in both spray and plug-in diffusers. Trying using a plug-in diffuser in any part of your home that your cat will be spending time. You can also try spraying your cat’s bed, toys, and even your clothes to help foster a familiar scent. Be sure to allow this spray to dry thoroughly before your cat comes into contact with it.
When introducing your new cat to their pet siblings, remember to go slow. Let them get used to their surroundings first and get settled before making introductions, and when you do introduce them to other pets make sure it’s always under your supervision.
First Vet Visit
When it’s time for your cat’s first trip to the vet, start off by giving your cats lots of love and affection! Pet your cat and help them get used to being handled before their trip.
Carriers to the Rescue!
When traveling, always be sure to use a carrier or another safe container for travel. Ideally your cat would have room to stand up and turn around in the carrier.
Getting Used to Carriers
Help your cat get used to their carrier. Try placing a cozy blanket inside and letting them take a nap inside, or giving them treats inside the carrier. Prior to your trip, practice putting your cat inside the carrier and closing the door. Then let your cat out to receive a treat or petting in order to help associate rewards with going into the carrier. This will help them be less stressed for their trip in the carrier. You can also consider using a stress-relieving pheromone spray such as Feliway sprayed on a towel or blanket in the carrier prior to the trip.
Help your cat get exercise by providing cat toys or a scratching post. They’ll burn up energy and enjoy play time with you.
Microchips Can Reunite
Don’t forget your microchip! A microchip is a small, permanent identification chip about the size of a grain of rice. When your lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, a microchip can help reunite you with your lost pet. A microchip can be administered at any age and does not require surgery or anesthesia. You can request a microchip for your cat at any Emancipet clinic location.
Ready to bring your cat to Emancipet? If you’re looking for low-cost vet services for your new feline friend, we can help! We offer affordable spay/neuter services (only $69!), vaccines, microchips, FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV testing, and more. Don’t forget, all of our Healthy Pet Services like wellness exams and vaccines are available on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. Find your nearest clinic location here, and we hope to see you soon!