When you adopt a cat, you’re giving him/her a new life. There are many things you should consider before introducing new changes to their lifestyle so it doesn't cause any psychological damage. Think about the ambiance they used to be in, whether they lived alone or with other cats, did they get enough food and water, and so on.
Being a new cat adopter can be intimidating, but when given proper attention, it’s a blissful experience. Here are some things every new cat adopter should do and remember:
- Visit the Vet
As soon as you adopt your cat, take it to the veterinarian to see if their physical health is good and if there are any immunizations they might need. Regular checkups greatly help adopted cats regardless of their life before adoption. Make sure to carry the adoption medical papers with you. Also keep your vet’s work and after-work hour’s contact number nearby in case you need them for an emergency.
- Make the Environment Safe
Make your home a safe environment for your new cat. Don’t keep any plants that could be harmful for them, and always store away toxic medicines and cleaning supplies. Keep the toilet lid closed and make sure all the cords are out of their way. The window screen should be locked up and any breakable items should be way of their reach.
- Get Insurance
Once you get pet insurance, you can not only choose your own vet, but also be assured of the health of your adopted cat. It gives you a certain peace of mind and also prevents you from having to reach for your emergency funds in case your cat needs some serious medical care. One of the positives is that you can formulate a budget to dedicate to the healthcare costs of your beloved new cat.
- Build a Separate Space
Adopted pets can take some time to open up. So, during those first few days, let your cat take his/her time to understand that you only mean to take care of them. Once they trust you enough, build a separate corner for them in the house. This is a space they can come to when they want to eat, sleep, or get some rest. Cats often like to be on their own, so, a separate space serves great for them.
- Help Them Make New Friends
Give your pets time with making new friends. Try to introduce them to the pets and animals around. If your cat is comfortable and mixes up with them soon, that’s obviously ideal; but even if they’re reluctant, let them take their own time to make new fellow animal friends.
Bringing home a new cat is a matter of great responsibility, especially if it’s an adopted cat. The environment they came from previously could be severely torturous and abusive. Therefore, they need to know that their new home is warm and loving.
Make your home as stress-free an ambiance for them as possible. Whatever you do, remember to keep their health in check and see to it that the transition from their past life to the new one is smooth and organic.