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Have You Planned For A Successful Homecoming?
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Do You Have A Plan Ready For Your New Cat?

Here’s what you need to know to ensure you get started on the right foot, now that you are planning to welcome your new cat into your home.

Have You Planned To Create A Safe Room?
Cats are territorial, and coming into a new home leaves them feeling really uneasy. There’s all that unexplored space, and who knows what may lurk there. Do him a favor and provide a small area to call his own for the first few days or weeks. A bathroom or laundry room works well. Furnish the room with cat amenities, such as food, water and a litter box. You’ll want to spend time with your cat, so make sure there’s a comfortable place for you to sit as well.  The shy and fearful adult cat will require patience as he begins to build trust with his human caregiver. It is important he be given adequate time in his safe room before being introduced to larger portions of his new dwelling.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Have You Planned Litter Training & Maintenance?
The general rule of thumb is having the same number of litter boxes as cats, plus one. A litter box should be private and easily accessible.  Place it in a quiet spot away from your cat’s food and water, where he will not be disturbed by other family members or pets. A house with several floors should have a box on each floor.  CLICK HERE for more information about litter training and maintenance.

Have You Planned The Introduction To Your Children?
When introducing a cat to a home with children, it’s best to start by teaching your children how to properly hold and pet a cat. Understanding basic body language is important, too. This way, they will know to leave your new cat alone when his ears are back, his tail is twitching or he is growling or hissing.  CLICK HERE for tips on understanding your cat’s body language.  A kitten (4 months and older) or young cat is usually better with children under 7. They can better withstand a young child’s quick movements and noise. Always supervise the interactions between your cat and child. Children can share in the responsibility of caring for your cat as long as an adult is ultimately in charge of making sure that the cat is properly cared for.

Have You Planned The Introduction To Your Resident Cat?
There are many advantages of a multiple cat household. Welcoming a new cat into a home that already has a resident cat is exciting but should be handled carefully with consideration for each cat. The key is to introduce your new cat in a systematic and gradual way, utilizing the principles of desensitizing and positive reinforcement.  CLICK HERE for more information about planning the introduction to your resident cat.

Have You Planned The Introduction To Your Resident Dog?
Proper dog training is the key to a successful introduction. Once your cat is confident the dog does not pose a threat, the opportunity for a wonderful friendship can begin.  CLICK HERE for more information about planning the introduction to your resident dog.