Have you adopted a fur baby just now? Adopting a cat is an extraordinary experience – it becomes your confidante, your ‘practice baby’, and your best friend! It’s not only a moving experience for you, but for the cat as well. It’s as overjoyed as you to finally have a home to live in and a family that will love it.
Cats can be mysterious – they can either be playful or suddenly reclusive and hide under furniture from you. But they are not a puzzle that you need to solve, they can take a while to understand before you get to be close and personal with them. Don’t lose hope! They will soon be with you 24/7 and will always crave for your attention.
But first, what do you need to know when you live with a cat?
- On the first days after the adoption, while your cat is grateful, they are territorial. A new home means new dangers for them and it makes them uneasy and paranoid. Since there are different furniture around the house, they will probably be too scared to approach it and make contact with it. That’s why some cats are always on edge when they’re somewhere new. For the first few days, dedicate a corner for your cat and fill it with feline amenities – litter box, water, food, and a soft cat blanket.
- Place the litter box where the cat can do its business privately. No one wants to be disturbed when they’re doing their business, and it’s the same for your cats too. Make sure you fill up the litter box up to 2 inches and keep it clean as well.
- Dedicate a space for eating and drinking for your cat and place it away from the litter box. Since cats can be messy – either on purpose or by accident – it pays to put a placemat underneath the bowls for easy clean up. Make sure the food you get for your cat is age appropriate and don’t make them drink cow’s milk! There’s a special formula for them to enjoy and get benefits from.
- Cats love to hide, and they do this whenever they feel threatened. Make them a small cat house in the corner and pad it up with cushion to make it cozy. It can be made with boxes or you can buy one from the pet store. Position it to make it face the door in the room so it won’t get too startled.
- Felines always have the desire to scratch on something to wear out their claws. Get your cat a scratching post so they won’t consider clawing your furniture and walls. There are different kinds of scratching gadgets that can help them wear out their claws for a bit – it can be directly installed on the floor, a post itself, and maybe get a cat tree. If they are too iffy to approach it, you can sprinkle some dried catnip on it to entice them to use the post.
- Cats are explorers and hunters, so they like to pounce and hide around the house. If you have high display shelves and dangling display, expect them to climb on it and possibly break your displays! Since you really can’t make the cat stop doing this, it’s easier to keep these displays in cabinets and away from cat’s reach. It’s the same for holes – there are holes that cats would love to explore and it might injure them or destroy something in the house. Patch it up to make sure that they won’t explore the space between walls.
- Cats are always on alert and nervous when they’re with new people. Don’t force them to interact with new people at once since they will get defensive and might claw your guest or even you! Give them time and space and soon enough – with enough respected interaction – they will approach you or them instead.