Today’s episode kicks off a four part series on adopting a new cat. The four episodes will talk about preparations, ways to smoothly transition the new cat into your home, introducing a new cat to an existing cat and dealing with some of the most common problems when adopting a new cat such as non-use of the litter box, scratching the furniture and anti-social behavior.
Too many cats are returned to shelters shortly after adoption because the families who are adopting a new cat are not aware that new cats require a period of transition in order to become comfortable in their new home. Many shelter cats came from traumatic pasts and in new situations, they can become nervous and frightened and can act out in “unacceptable” ways. If adopters learn the basics of cat psychology and can help the cat ease into their new environment, more cats would adapt well resulting in a much lower return rate.
Today’s episode focuses on the basics of bringing a new cat into your home. Learn what information you need to get from the shelter and what things you should have in place before bringing the cat home. You’ll also learn the importance of providing the cat with a safe space, how to set it up, and how vital it is to let the cat set the pace with regards to affection and exploration.
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