Adoption: prepare the arrival of your cat
The big day has arrived! You bring your new cat home!
What should be prepared in advance?
- A transport cage to bring it home, then for future trips and visits to the veterinarian
- The food he used to eat
- A litter box to place in a quiet place
- A scraper to limit damage to your curtains or sofa
- A collar if not yet identified by a chip or tattoo
- A cat flap so he can go out when he wants
- Comfortable resting places
- Of toys
What to do when he arrives?
- Make sure a quiet room is available when the cat arrives and places food, a bowl of water, litter, toys and scraper in the room. A comfortable place (sofa, basket) must be available in case he wants to settle there.
- Upon arrival, place the cat transport cage in this room, open the door and let it out alone and explore its new environment.
- Keep young children and other animals away from this room at first.
- Try to connect with your cat: sit on the ground, let it come to you, feel, and rub. It tames you! Don’t rush to take it in your arms, hug it and manipulate it. It’s best to avoid forcing it. You can try to play with him.
- The cat can stay in this room for the first 2 days if necessary (if it is fearful if many other animals are present…). He’ll feel safe there.
- Afterward, how to let him explore the house?
- Choose a time when the house is quiet and hold the door to the room he knows wide open. He can always take refuge there if there is a problem. Let him out of this room by himself, do not force him.
- If you have another pet, let them gently introduce themselves to each other without interference. Pay as much attention to the two animals and use separate food and water bowls, which you can then gradually bring closer.
When can I let him go outside?
- It is best that your cat stays indoors for the first few weeks so that it gets used to its new environment. This puts all the chances on your side so that it then comes home easily during the first outings outside.
- Before letting your cat out, it is best to update its vaccines and have them sterilized. Your cat must also be identified electronically in case it gets lost.
- If you’re afraid your cat won’t come back, let it out before the meal. A hungry cat comes back faster! You can also use games or treats to make it come back to you.