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Congratulations on Adopting a Cat!

You have just added an important new family member. Here is some useful information to keep your new family member safe and healthy for the rest of her life:
Supplies You May Need
  • Collar (w/ safety latch or break away capability)
  • Cat or Kitten food (wet and/or dry)
  • Id Tag and/or Micro chipping
  • Food/Water Bowls
  • Cat Bed
  • Kitty Treats
  • Scratching Post or Cat Tree
  • Litter Pan
  • Toys (balls, mice, cat nip, feathers...
  • Kitty Litter
  • Vet appointment for first check up
  • Litter Scoop
  • Carrier (not just for the ride home, but for vet appointments for the next 15-18 years
  • Lots of Love!

Adjusting to a New Home
All animals can experience stress in the transition to a new home. For at least the first few days, it's smart to confine your cat to one room where he/she will feel safe and have their own space. (Although this may seem cruel by human standards, it is actually a great kindness to allow your cat to claim ownership of a small territory at his own pace and without competition.) Prepare the room with your cat's bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and toys. If there is a window in the room keep it closed even if there is a window screen. Frightened cats that are determined can break through a window screen and escape.

Give your cat attention, love, praise, and hand fed treats but also give him/her their space so the transition is not too overwhelming.

Your new cat may want to hide for a few days (some for longer). Once he/she decides to come out, if he runs and hides from you, a guest or children - let him go. Do not chase after or try to pick up a frightened cat.

Be patient and understanding. With cats, think in terms of weeks, not days, to settle in (and in extreme cases, months). Take things slowly and your new friend will begin to feel safe and secure at her own pace.



Meeting Other Animals
Be cautious and patient when introducing your new cat to other animals in the household. Animals are territorial and may feel jealous or threatened when a new family member joins the household. Introductions should be slow and gradual. It can be helpful to leave your new kitty in his carrier while the other kitties smell the carrier so they can get used to each otheršs scent. Once your new kitty is set up in her own space, she will continue to get to know the other animals in the house by smelling them through the closed doors. Cats may hiss and growl at each other for weeks after being introduced and they might even have tussle now and then. In most cases, this is acceptable behavior and they will work things out. Extra love, attention and patience during this transition will help to reassure your animals that they are still the center of the universe and therešs enough love to go around.


Children and Animals
Instruct all children in the household about the proper way to handle the new cat. Very young animals can easily be injured or killed by the affections of an overzealous youngster. When overwhelmed, a cat may respond by hiding, urinating, growling, scratching or biting. It is helpful for children to be sitting when introduced to a new cat. Let the cat approach the child when he/she feels comfortable doing so. Do not let a child seek out an animal that is hiding. Let the cat come out on his own.


Litter Box Training
Keep your catšs litter box separate from their food/water area. Show your new cat where the litter box is several times so they get used to it. Keep the box clean by scooping daily and changing litter completely every several days. NOTE: Any urinating or defecating outside the box could be a sign of a serious health or behavioral problem. Contact your veterinarian if this occurs.


Healthcare
Take your new cat to the vet right away for a checkup, fecal test and any necessary vaccinations and to find out the future vaccine schedule. Talk with your vet about micro chipping in case your cat becomes lost. An annual visit to your veterinarian is a good idea for booster vaccines and an annul check up.


Identification
It is a good idea for outdoor and indoor cats to wear a collar and name tag at all times. Make sure the collar is not too loose or too tight and remember to adjust the collar as the cat grows. Indoor cats are less likely to get lost than outdoor cats, but if they do, an id tag can be helpful in having them returned to you.


Transporting
Always transport your cat or kitten in a pet carrier for safety. Holding your cat in your arms outside the home can lead to a lost cat. Your pet will be much happier and safer in a padded, enclosed carrier.


Helpful Web Sites about Cat Care
Hope you and your kitty enjoy a wonderful life together!


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