Adopting a cat can be one of the most rewarding and fun adventures. And while you are probably feeling excited and joyful, it’s important to keep in mind that your friend may probably be going some tough life experiences just before you found each other
Just like us, our cats also have needs in order to make them feel safe, secure and happy; especially during her recent move. So keep on reading below for some tips to make sure that you can feels safe and secure in her new home.
What Cats May Feel Insecure?
A cat’s behaviour may often be driven by insecurities and fear just to survive unsettling and hostile environments. Though most of the household kittens are not living in threatening and inhospitable situations, they still have plenty of reasons to feel insecure.
Below are some of the most common ones.
- 1Generally, cats are not the best when it comes to change. They easily get unsettled with new homes, new owners and even with changes in schedule. So it’s not surprising at all when you find a newly adopted cat hiding under a furniture.
- 2There are also some cats that come with a not-so-pleasant past. These fragile fur balls may have been neglected or even worse abused at some point. More likely they had little to no contact with people before. Cats that are used to be untamed understandably are anxious and afraid when being adopted into new homes.
- 3Bringing in new animal as a member to the family may also stress the resident cats as well as the newly adopted ones; this will make them feel insecure.
- 4Events that might startle a cat like loud noises, being chased and unexpected movements can be terrifying and will result to short-term anxieties. Even frequent household chaos, like tension between household members can greatly affect how your cat feels.
How Can You Make Your Cat Feel Safe and Secure In Her New Home
1. Gradually introduce your cat to her new home.
When you arrive home, try to introduce your cat one room at a time. Place her in a new room where she can stay for a few days. Make sure that there are no places where she can hide in this room aside from carrier she was brought home in.
Place the things your can will need in this room, like the litter box, water bowl and food. If the cat has everything she needs in the room, she will start to relax; but remember that cats don’t like to eat near the litter box so make sure to keep it in a good distance away from the feeding bowl.
2. Give your cat a time to know you.
Just open the side of the carrier and sit on the floor beside your new fried, quietly observe what she does. She may come to you immediately or she may be more interested to explore the room on her own first or probably she may just want to be hiding in the carrier for a moment.
Make sure that you give her enough time to find her way around. Don’t hold her or restrain from doing anything. Too much attempts of calling her, getting her attention or making her come to you will only distract your cat from getting used to her new environment.
Talk to your cat and use her name more often. Use a high-pitched but quiet voice, this is more reassuring for your cat. Don’t get disappointed too if your cat tries to hide from you for the first few days. This doesn’t mean that she is not happy with you or your house, cats can just really get nervous after moving.
I know it can be hard for owners, especially to the excited kids, but if she’s hiding for several days, don’t get her out from that space. Give her time to come out on her own, she will definitely gather up her courage through time. But make sure that she has access to her litter box, food and water nearby while she’s hiding.
3. Give your cat time to acclimate.
For the first few weeks, just allow your cat to stay indoors so she will start to think of your home as her own. Make sure that she associate being there with positive feelings, including the place where she gets shelter, water and food.
In this way, if you get to decide to let your cat stay outside, she will definitely be coming back and never run away.
4. Make sure she is being fed well
The fastest way to your cat’s hear is absolutely through her stomach. The person who is regularly feeding her is normally the first person the cat will connect with. Feed your cat on a regular schedule; it is recommended that the cat will be fed twice a day.
Make sure that there will also be an accessible bowl of fresh water at all times.
5. Give her the sleep she needs
Cats tend to do her best when she is given enough alone time and can get plenty of sleep. You may even start to notice that she will frequent several spots to catch some snooze. They will often be found in dark and quiet spaces.
You can provide your new cat somewhere comfortable to sleep and guide her to this particular location. It can be a simple bed using a cardboard box lined with old blanket or towels and the area is warm and cozy, especially during winter. If the cat is still young, it would even be best if you leave a heating pad near her for her to snuggle with.
However, cats are independent by nature so don’t be surprised if you will find her sleeping on your couch, in between some books on your bookshelves or other weird places. Just try not to wake her up when she’s sleeping and remind your kids to do the same.
6. Make sure your place is safe for explorations.
Eventually, your new cat will go exploring every nook and cranny of her new territory, this may include bookshelves, countertops and you might even be surprised to see how high she can leap that she can get to explore the tops of cabinets.
While she’s discovering your home, it would be best if you put away the breakables for a while. Make sure to get rid of small items like paper clips, hairpins, etc. that your cat might swallow and don’t leave out any tempting morsels of food too. Block every access to any spaces that could be potentially dangerous for your cat to explore or hide in.
7. Raise a confident cat
A cat who is not confident may likely be aggressive, withdrawn or display other behavioural problems, hence it is important you provide what she need to be a confident and secure cat. One easy way to boost the confidence of your cat is by encouraging her need to explore her world. Allow her to explore the house in whatever way she want or need to as long as she are not putting herself or anyone else in danger.
Engage your cat in interactive play as well. You can play with her every day with laser pointed or wand toy which will in turn boost her confidence. If you don’t have the luxury of time to engage your can in this type of play, I suggest you use a battery-operated interactive toy so she doesn’t miss out. OurPets Catty Whack Electronic Motion Cat Toy is a good toy that encourage independent play for cats of all ages. It’s actually a hide-and-seek action game with fast-moving feather wand that will randomly change direction to keep your cat guessing.
Always remember that it can be a frightening and tense experience for your cat to be adjusting from a new home. Your understanding and patience for her initial adjustment period can do so much to help your cat feel at home.
Anyway, I hope you learn something new with this article. If you still have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comment section below; I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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