A cat can be a great addition to any family, and there are so many that need good homes. At any given time in the U.S. alone, there are over 3 million cats in animal shelters waiting to find a forever home.
Cats are great for all different types of families, and there are plenty of reasons to get one! They can bring comfort, reduce stress, and provide companionship. If you have children at home, they can even help to teach responsibility and boost your child’s self-esteem.
But, before you bring a furry feline friend home, it’s important to prepare yourself, your living space, and your family.
Keep these tips in mind to make your new kitty feel right at home with the family.
Have a Safe Starter Room
Think about the size of a cat (especially a kitten!) and compare it to the size of your home. There’s a lot to see, explore, and smell! That can be overwhelming for a cat when you first bring them home.
So, prepare a “safe” room for them ahead of time. It will get them used to the smell of your house and can make them feel more comfortable before you introduce them to the rest of the place. The room should have plenty of food and water, as well as a litter box for your cat.
Once they’ve gotten more familiar with the rest of the house, it’s still a good idea to give them a safe place to hide, whether it’s a “cat house” or a specific room they can go into to feel safe.
Get Them Used to You
If you want to get your cat to know you, leave a piece of your clothing around so they can smell it and get used to it. A t-shirt or scarf is great, or you can even purchase cat bandanas and rub the cloth on your arm or neck before handing it to your kitty. Once they’re familiar and comfortable, they can wear the bandanas everywhere! Trust me, it’s the cutest thing you’ll ever see.
Something to Scratch
Cats are natural-born scratchers, which can sometimes deter people from getting them. But, bringing a cat into the home doesn’t automatically mean your furniture has to be ruined. You just have to make sure they have something else to occupy their urge to scratch. A “cat tree” or tall scratching post can do just that. Encourage them to go to the post to scratch, rather than places like the couch or on the carpet.
Making the Transition Easier
Cats can be a bit nervous and shy when they first come into a new home, especially if there are young children around and it’s noisy. Give them a few days to get used to their surroundings, and teach your kids about the importance of being patient and gentle with a cat. If it seems like your new furry friend is taking longer to warm up, that’s okay. Continue to give them the time, space, and reassurance they need. Before long, your kitty will be resting in your lap and feel like an integral part of the family.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.