Well, you have had your cat for nearly two weeks now. How is it going?
Perhaps there are some things that you do not know but should be aware of to make the transition smoother and easier. If the cat was adopted, then you may want to come up with ways of keeping your cat stress-free and happy. Once you have your home all outfitted with all the supplies and you get used to all the idiosyncrasies, then you can look forward to years of happy companionship with your feline.
Being prepared will help you. Hopefully you were ready before kitty, but if not, you can still prepare now and be right on schedule with making kitty a harmonious part of your household and family.
If you did not know already, cats ordinarily don’t like to travel. They are not like dogs that enjoy sitting proudly on a car seat, sticking their head out the window and feeling the wind blow around their ears.
Cats should never travel unless they are in a cat carrier. Many get terribly car sick and others will panic, yowling, scratching, crying and biting their way to freedom. It is better that they cry and yowl in a cat carrier rather than attacking you while not in the carrier.
It may take a few days for kitty to forgive you for the ride home, but once he or she does, then you can truly attempt to help kitty make the transition into their new forever home. It is ordinarily best to start kitty in one room of your home – not giving them free reign throughout. Make certain that they have basic essentials like litter box, food and water, toys, and a scratching post.
You should spend enough time with kitty while in the room until he or she feels comfortable. Once kitty seems like they feel at home, then allow them to venture out into more rooms.
If kitty does not seem to adjust well, don’t try to force the issue. Some kitties take longer than others to become adjusted. Try using a calm voice when you sit with kitty to coax them out. You can also try treats; food always seems to motivate.
It is never good to just throw kitties into a new home – especially if there are existing pets. It is important to avoid conflict and carefully introduce kitty to the other pets slowly. Every kitty will be different, but eventually they will begin to adjust. All you have to do is make certain kitty has the basic creature comforts, provide him or her with companionship and kitty will become the companion that you desire.
So, it your kitty did not walk through the door and instantly become your constant buddy, these are the reasons why that may or may not have happened. It is not too late to begin again, so take some notes and reintroduce kitty to its new surroundings.