1. Ensuring Your Rescue Cat Is In Excellent Health
After collecting your new kitten from the animal shelter or rescue, check with your local veterinarian for availability. Set up a quick consultation so that your vet can let you know if your new cat is up to date with his shots and to ensure that the new pet is not posing a risk of bringing medical problems that can be transmitted to your other pets which is often the case with cats in crowded shelters.
2. Creating A New Space
It’s incredibly vital to create a safe zone for your new kitten. Ideally, a small room with as little objects. Make sure there is a litter box, bedding a toy or two, a hiding place (they love boxes) and enough water. For the first week, this space will be your new pet’s since he needs to get familiar with the place before you can earn his trust. Be patient since you don’t know the type of environment your cat is coming from. With patience and love, you’ll make him feel at home.
3. Cats Love Making Friends
The more pets you have, the better. But bear in mind that sharing a living space is going to take time. That’s where a safe zone will come in handy so that your animals can get used to each other’s scents. Check out Fuzzy Rescue for more great articles on rescue animals. Cats are known to live contentedly among most animals, even bunnies and birds if you give them time to adjust and understand the difference between friend and food.
4. Enough Scratching Pads
Taking in a cat means you’ll need to adjust to his needs. Your new cat will be looking for places to wear down his claws soon after getting home. Be sure to have enough scratch pads to avoid them ruining your furniture. You can sprinkle some catnip on the scratch areas to make them more enticing.
5. Cats Adore New Places To Explore
Cats are adventurers and love exploring new places, so make sure you are securing fragile objects on shelves, cabinets, and mantles. No spots are prohibited to a curious cat.
6. Feeding A Rescue Cat
Inquire from the shelter about what foods they feed the cats and maybe consider getting a bag or two during the first two weeks. It’s essential to remember that your cat is entering a whole new environment and having a few everyday items in their new place can help them to adjust quicker. Once they are accustomed to their unique living situation, you can consider changing their food to whatever your preference is.
We hope that this article was insightful and taught you a few things about bringing your new adoptive cat into your home. Rescue cats make brilliant pets, but they do require special care and patience from the get-go. You are doing the right thing in adopting a rescue animal and giving them a second chance on a fulfilling life.