Pet Care

How To Have Your New Cat Adjust To Your Home

By Morgan | December 12, 2018

Owning a pet can be hard, but adjusting to a new pet can be harder. This is especially true for cats, as they are very territorial and take longer to adjust to a new home, more so if you already have other pets. Living in Melbourne’s west suburbs, taking your pet to a St Albans vet or a Werribee vet can be a hassle in itself, but before all that, having your pet comfortably adjust to their new home can take some serious finesse.

As mentioned before, cats are very territorial. Being in a new home makes them feel uneasy as they can be easily overwhelmed with the sheer amount of unknown and unexplored space. When you bring your new cat home for the first time, create a small space that they can call their own for around the first 3 to 7 days. Ideally a laundry room would work best or somewhere where they won’t be disturbed too much. You will need to make sure your new pet has everything they will need, such as a litter box, food, water and some toys. By spending close one-on-one time with your cat in their new area, it will make them feel much more comfortable so they can adjust quicker to their new home.

Cats love small spaces. An enclosed bed is a great way to help them not only to adjust, but also to have a comfortable night’s sleep in their new space. A cat carrier works well or even a simple DIY option of creating a hole in a cardboard box as a doorway. Pet stores also sell covered cat beds if this option suits you better. Another useful tip is to ensure that the door entrance is facing your cats bed entrance. This way they won’t be startled as they will be on high-alert until they have fully settled in.

Over the next week or so, it is recommended to take your new cat to a vet for their first wellness examination. This will ensure that there are no signs of any illnesses that may be in their early stages. When it comes time to take them to a Hoppers Crossing vet or any other vet in your area, it can be stressful. Thankfully there is Vets on Call, a mobile app available on Android and iPhone that brings the vet straight to your location in areas that we service! Avoid the stressful and anxious visits to the clinic by having the vet come straight to your living room. Visit the Vets on Call website for more information and to download the mobile app.

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