At Nourish, we know the right feline can come into your life unexpectedly. From wandering strays to rescue pets who capture our hearts, cat parenthood is a wild ride.
At Nourish, we know the right feline can come into your life unexpectedly. From wandering strays to rescue pets who capture our hearts, cat parenthood is a wild ride. Even if you've been planning to adopt or purchase a cat from a local breeder, it's easy to feel stressed when it comes to introducing your new pet to the family, especially if you have other animals in the household.
Make the introductions a bit more enjoyable with these feline friendly tips from our cat experts.
TAKE IT SLOW
Don't rush. Great friendships take time. If you're introducing your new cat to other felines (or canines), it's best to have patience. Allow the newcomer plenty of time to settle in and feel safe in their space prior to INTEGRATING OTHER PETS.
It's advisable to leave your new kitty alone for the first couple days, then begin introductions by letting animals sniff through a closed door or gate. Designating a room is a good idea in order to provide a secluded space to escape to if your cat begins to feel overwhelmed by all the new sights, scents, and -- most exciting of all -- animals.
PREVENT A TERRITORY WAR
Cats are highly territorial creatures. MANAGE POTENTIAL SPATS before they begin by continuing to designate a space for your new feline friend. In addition to a comfortable room, it's important to ensure each pet has their own toys, BOWLS, beds, and litter boxes. It can be tempting in multi-cat households to assume sharing is caring, but unfortunately cats do best with their own items. This minimize fights as well as unwanted behaviors like territory marking and food aggression.
ALL ABOUT THE LOVE
What would a family be without the love? Always praise your new kitty for coming out of their shell. Promote positive interactions between pets with HEALTHY TREATS as rewards. Engage pets in PLAYTIME, both individually and together, to make them feel at home in their new environment. Before long, you'll have the purrfect blended family.
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