Adopting a rescue cat is an exciting time, but chances are your newly found friend won’t feel the same.
From her point of view, she has no idea where she is or who the heck you are, and unless she is an extremely confident kitty, she won’t be in the best of moods. A new environment means a whole host of new and unfamiliar smells, which translates as one stressed and anxious cat.
To help your furry companion bond with you and settle into her new home in the most stress free way possible, try these top tips:
1. Give Her Space - A separate room is ideal, but even a small space protected by a divider will work. Equip this area with everything she needs: food, water, bedding and a litter tray, and keep it warm and quiet.
2. Let Her Hide – New cats almost always hide, it’s just their instinct. Some cats will take weeks or even months before they properly adjust. During this sensitive time, the best course of action is to let her do what makes her feel most comfortable and provide her with a safe place to retreat to.
3. Take Things Slowly – Don’t pressure your new kitty or get in the way of her doing her own thing. She is going to want to explore her new home and get comfortable with all the new sights, sounds and smells. Let her come to you when she is ready. She’ll make it obvious when she wants attention.
4. Share Your Scent - Before introducing yourself, introduce your scent. Present a well worn piece of clothing for her to sniff and sleep on, or try rubbing her food in your hands before setting it out. The natural oils on your hands will incorporate themselves with the food, helping her to associate the enjoyable activity of eating with your scent.
5. Get Down on The Floor - The lower you are, the less threatening you will come across, so rather than tower over her, get down on her level and sit quietly, allowing her to approach and greet you at her will.
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