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Helping Your New Shelter Cat Settle In

May 15 2020

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! If you’re considering adopting a shelter cat, you definitely have our support. This is a wonderful way to find your new pet, and give one lucky furball a second chance. Here, an Oshawa, ON vet offers tips on helping Fluffy adjust.


Before bringing your feline buddy home, you’ll need to pick up some supplies. Your list should include toys, treats, bedding, a carrier, dishes, a litterbox, and litter. Fluffy will also appreciate having some kitty furniture, such as beds and scratching posts. Shopping for cats isn’t exactly rocket science, but there are some things to consider. If you have a kitten, avoid clay and clumping litters until your pet is fully grown. Also, ask your vet for food recommendations, and make any dietary changes slowly.

The Big Day

Put your kitty’s things in back bedroom or even a utility room. Remember to leave a light on for her if there isn’t a window. This will give your furball a quiet place to adjust to the smells and sounds of her new home. If you have other pets, keep Fluffy’s door shut for now: you’ll need to make introductions slowly and carefully. (Spoiler: first impressions are a big deal to cats!) Ask your vet for specific advice.

Letting Fluffy Get Settled

At this point, your feline pal’s personality will start to reveal itself. Some cats are bold and fearless, and will immediately make themselves at home in their new domains. Others are very timid, and may hide a lot at first. Either way, it’s important to gain your furry pal’s trust. Always let her come to you. Holding out toys, treats, and catnip is a good way to pique Fluffy’s interest. Don’t force attention on your kitty: that’s a huge no-no in Fluffy’s book.

Purr Activation

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take your feline friend to meet her new doctor. If Fluffy hasn’t been fixed or microchipped yet, that’s definitely on the agenda. A full exam is also in order, as are vaccines and parasite control. This is also a good time to get some specific advice on your kitty’s care needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Please contact us, your local Oshawa, ON vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about rabbit health or care. We’re here to help!

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