Bringing a new cat home can be just like bringing home a new baby. Things are going to change. Just as you would need to baby-proof a house, you’ll need to take care of a few things before your home is ready to say hello to your new friend.
First of all, be prepared by stocking up on cat supplies before the new arrival gets home. You will definitely want a litter box and kitty litter. Your cat will also need food and water bowls, some squeaky toys to play with, and a bed.
You will have to make sure the home is cat-proof. Hide away things such as pens and Kleenex, since kitties have a reputation for chewing on these items and might swallow them accidentally. Put away the cleaning products and check any plants to make sure they are non-toxic.
If your cat accidentally gets off the property, goes wandering through the neighborhood and finds himself lost, a collar and an ID tag will let a kind stranger get him back home. Some cat owners microchip their pets, and this is very helpful should it be the local animal control that picks up your lost cat.
Any new pet will require a bit of time to get comfortable in his new place. Grant him some time and space to look around, sniff the furniture, and become at ease before playing around with him. If you have other pets in the home, keep them away from the new arrival for a couple of days so everyone can get used to the fresh scents.
When it’s time to introduce the kitty to your family, do it slowly. Any children who might say hello to the cat should be kept from becoming too excited, and keep the cat from roaming freely at first if there are other animals around. During first meetings, watch the cat closely. When she eats and drinks regularly and goes to the bathroom on a schedule, she’s finally feeling like your home is her home too.