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Helping a Shelter Cat Settle In

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! If you have recently adopted a kitty from a shelter, you definitely have our support. We love seeing cats go to great homes! In this article, a local Livonia, MI vet offers advice on helping Fluffy adjust to her new home.

Shopping List

Before the big day, you’ll need to pick up some things for your furry pal. Fluffy will need food, toys, treats, bedding, dishes, and, of course, a litterbox. If your new pet is a kitten, avoid clay and clumping litters for now, as they aren’t safe for baby cats. Your furball will also appreciate some pet furniture of her own. If you’re on a tight budget, look up DIY ideas online.

Kitty Haven

We recommend putting all of your cat’s things in a quiet back room, at least for the first few days. This is particularly important if you have other pets. Fluffy may sleep a lot at first. Being in a shelter is both stressful and scary for kitties, so your furry buddy may need to recuperate.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your cat to the vet. Fluffy will need a nose-to-tail exam. We also recommend that kitties be microchipped and spayed or neutered. If these things haven’t been done yet, schedule them as soon as possible. Bringing your feline friend up to date on vaccines and parasite control is also important. While you’re there, ask your vet for specific advice on your furball’s diet and care regimen.

Introductions

If you have other pets, ask your vet for advice on making introductions. This will need to be done slowly and cautiously. First impressions are a very big deal for kitties! It can take a very long time to undo the tension caused by an unpleasant first meeting.

Purr Activation

Some kitties will immediately make themselves at home, and jump into your lap on Day 1. Other cats are much more timid, and will need time to adjust. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, but let her decide when it’s time to cuddle. Playing with her, and offering lots of toys and treats will help her feel safe and loved. You’ll have that little motor running before you know it!

As your Livonia, MI pet hospital, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Please contact us anytime!

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