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Helping Your New Cat Settle In

Are you considering adopting a new kitty? Good for you! It’s always great to see kitties going to great homes. However, going to a new home is a big deal for cats, and can be quite stressful for them, so you’ll want to take some precautions to make the transition easy for your cute pet. Read on as a Livonia, MI vet discusses helping your furry pal settle in.

Safe Space

We recommend putting bedding, toys, treats, food and water, and a litterbox in a quiet back room. When you bring Fluffy home, put her in there at first, so she has a quiet, comfy spot to relax and settle in. If you have other pets, make introductions slowly, over the course of several days.

Veterinary Care

A trip to the vet’s is definitely in order. Fluffy will need a thorough exam. You’ll also want to make sure she has been microchipped and spayed or neutered, and brought up to date on her vaccinations and parasite control.

Kitty Comforts

It’s pretty easy to turn your home into a luxury palace for a cat. Offer lots of comfy beds and napping spaces, as well as at least one window with a good view. If Fluffy seems nervous, make sure she has a safe hiding spot in every room, so she always has somewhere to go if she feels frightened.

Food

If you know what your kitty has been eating, get that same brand at first. Rapid changes in diet can upset Fluffy’s tummy, so make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Playtime

Make sure Fluffy has plenty of new toys, and play with her daily. Playing will keep your new pet active and entertained, and will also offer her beneficial mental stimulation. This is also a great way to help her burn off excess energy, so she’ll feel calm, content, and slightly tired.

Purr Activation

Don’t force attention on your new pet, no matter how cute she is. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, and spend time with her, but let her decide when it’s snuggle time. To win her trust, talk to her, play with her, and offer her toys and treats. You’ll have that little motor going in no time!

Please contact us, your local Livonia, MI pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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