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Welcoming Your New Cat Home

December 01, 2015

Are you adopting a new kitty? Congratulations! Your new feline friend is bound to put lots of smiles on your face with her adorable mannerisms and cute antics. The first 30 days of Fluffy’s time in your household are very important. This crucial time will set the stage for a beautiful friendship between you and your cat, and help solidify the special bond we share with our furry friends. In this article, a San Jose, CA veterinarian offers advice on helping your new furbaby settle in.

Provide A Soothing Atmosphere

Making sure your kitty feels safe and comfortable is very important. When you first bring Fluffy home, set her up in a quiet room with food, water, a litterbox, toys, and a comfy bed. Give your new feline pal some time to settle in and get her bearings.

Offer Safe Retreats

Offer your furball plenty of hiding spots, so she always has a place to go if she feels scared or uneasy. Kitty condos, boxes, and pet tents are a few good examples of possible retreats.

Spoil Your Cat

Don’t be afraid to pamper your new pet! While you don’t want to overdo it with fatty treats, feel free to spoil Fluffy with cozy beds and lots of toys. Offer her at least one comfy window seat with a good view.

Change Food Slowly

If you want to change Fluffy’s diet, be sure to do so slowly. Making abrupt changes to your feline pal’s menu can cause digestive issues. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Bring Fluffy to the vet for a full examination. In addition to her checkup, she may need spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and/or parasite control. Don’t expose your new furball to other pets until your vet gives the green light.

Introduce Roommates Slowly

First impressions are a very big deal to kitties! If you have other pets, make introductions slowly and carefully, over the course of several days. Don’t leave your furry pals alone unsupervised until you’re certain they won’t fight.


Give Fluffy time to accept her new surroundings. Don’t force affection on your kitty: let her decide when it’s time for cuddles. With time, love, and patience, you’ll have that little engine going in no time!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your San Jose, CA vet clinic, anytime.