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Helping Your New Cat Settle In

Have you recently adopted a new feline pal? Congratulations! Those first few days are very important, as you’ll want to get your pet started out on the right paw in her new home. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses helping Fluffy settle in.

Shopping

A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Fluffy will need dishes, toys, treats, a litterbox and litter, and a bed. You may also want to get a few pieces of pet furniture, such as a cat tower. As for food, if you know what your kitty has been eating, get that same brand to start. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Setup

At first, set your cat’s things up in a quiet back room, such as a spare bedroom or laundry room. This will give your kitty a comfy place where she can relax and settle in.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your kitty to the vet. Your feline friend should be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and brought up to date on her vaccines, exams, and parasite control. Even if Fluffy is already current with her veterinary care, she should have a thorough exam. While you’re there, ask your vet for tips on your kitty’s diet and care needs.

Introductions

If you have other furballs, be sure to make introductions slowly, over the course of several days. Keep your furry pals separated at first. Then, when all of your pets have gotten used to each other’s presence and smells, you can make formal introductions. Start by just bringing your new arrival out to the living room in her carrier for a ‘meet and greet.’ First impressions are a big deal to cats, so don’t rush things!

Purr Activation

Kitties all have their own purrsonalities. Some bold, friendly cats will jump into your lap on Day 1. Others will be more timid, and will need time to adjust. Don’t force attention on your pet. Instead, win her trust by offering toys and treats. This will help her bond with you. It’s also a good idea to play with Fluffy daily. With patience, love, and good care, you’ll have that motor going in no time!

Please call us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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