Congratulations On Adopting A New Furry Friend
Set up for adoption success with these three simple Ps.
The staggering 50% of newly adopted cats are surrendered because of the lack of planning and expectations on the part of the adopter. Cats make fantastic pets when you learn about their unique behaviours and needs.
Critically important when you bring your new cat home.
The goal is to ensure that your new kitten/cat, as well as any existing cats, have their needs met.
Making sure you have the supplies you'll need for your new furry friend.
It doesn't happen overnight!
Often when adopters bring home their new furry friend, there is a misconception that the newbie will automatically fit in to it's new environment. Whether there are existing pets in the home, or the new kitten/cat is the only pet in the home, every pet adjusts different. The 3/3/3 rule is a great guideline for the adjustment period of a pet after adoption. Please remember patience and allow your new pet time to settle in.
May feel scared or unsure of what's going on
Not yet comfortable to be 'himself"
May not want to eat/drink
Shuts down and/or hides under furniture
3 Weeks - To Learn Your Routine
Starts settling in
Feels more comfortable
Realizes this cold be his forever home
Figures out his environment
Gets into a routine
Lets his guard down; beginning to show his true personality
Behaviour issues 'may' appear
3 Months - To Start To Feel At Home
Finally feels completely comfortable in his home
Begins to build trust and a true bond
Gains a complete sense of security with his new family
Sets into a routine
How to introduce your new kitten to your family cat, cats, dog, dogs or children.
It is so important to prepare your home for the homecoming of a new kitten. Your existing pets must be your first priority when adding a new addition. Remember, patience is of the utmost importance. We are including some excellent articles (below) to read beforehand to prepare everyone involved.
How to Introduce a Kitten to a Cat — Steps to Take for a Harmonious Household
How to Introduce Your Kitten to Your Multi-Cat Home (Step-by-Step Guide)
How to Introduce your new Kitten to your Dog
Helping Children Develop Good Relationships with Cats
Bringing home a new cat or kitten.
You have decided to add a kitten/cat to your home. It is very important to plan ahead. Some great suggestions are offered in the following articles below.
10 Tips When Bringing Home a New Cat
Supplies to Have When Bringing Your New Cat Home
Pick Toys That Match Your Cat’s Play Style Preference
New Kitten Checklist
Teach Gentle Play to Your Kitten