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New cat checklist - getting ready for the introduction of your cat

It’s a very exciting time adding a new pet to the family, at Pet.co.nz we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new cat to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.

Before the big day, ideally before the cat arrives, you want to set things up as they will be, so that they don’t come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your cat settles in...

Having all of these items ready for when you get home will mean you can focus your time on enjoying the new addition to your family.

Here are some more top tips to help successfully bring the cat into your new home.

Choosing a food for your cat 

Ensuring your cat is eating the correct food is critical to ensuring a healthy cat. Cats do not need carbohydrates, although corn, wheat, and rice are used as fillers for both canned and dry cat foods. So it is good to select a high quality grain free premium food like Addiction Duck Royale which is a healthy, blend of sun-kissed Cranberries and Herbal Botanicals, a grain-free and gluten free recipe your cat will love. No fillers, by-products, corn, wheat or soy. But the sort of food you choose will depend on many factors, from your cat's age to their size to any special dietary needs they may have.

Change your cats diet gradually

Changing the cats diet suddenly can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so if you are changing the cats diet make sure that you have some of the food that the cat used to eat, and take ten days to transition your cat over to the new food.

  Old Food New Food
Day 1 90% 10%
Day 2 80% 20%
Day 3 70% 30%
Day 4 60% 40%
Day 5 50% 50%
Day 6 40% 60%
Day 7 30% 70%
Day 8 20% 80%
Day 9 10% 90%
Day 10 0% 100%

Ensure you are not overfeeding 

Make sure you are feeding the correct amount. It’s a good thing to get right from the start, and most cat food packaging has all the details you need to feed the right amount.

Manage their stress or anxiety levels 

It can be a stressful time coming into a new home for a cat or kitten. So it is important to have everything ready before you bring them home - so as to reduce change for the cat. Although not all causes of stress can be avoided. For cats try feliway spray or diffuser a synthetic pheromone product that comes in a diffuser that can be plugged into the wall in order to calm cats.

Give them their own space

When the cat first arrives, it is natural for the cat to hide, give them some space, access to water, litter and somewhere to hide. They will come out in their own time; they need to scope their environment to make sure it’s safe for them.

Introduce other cats slowly

If there is another cat already in the house, take things easy, let the cats get to know each other slowly. The best way is to leave the new cat in its carrier and then let the other cat sniff it and get to know it slowly through the safety of the cage. Every cat introduction can be different!

Give them a safe space

Transitioning into a new home can be a frightening time for a cat, so it is important that you provide them with safe places to hide. Your cat's safe place is a private area that allows her to retreat and feel protected; it provides her with a sense of security. As a general rule of thumb cats like to get up high where they can observe their environment, especially when there's been a change or when they are frightened. So it is good to provide them with a cat tree or tall scratching post so that they can get off the ground and keep an eye on what is going on in your home. This is especially important if you have dogs of other pets.

Litter box training 

As you get ready to welcome a new kitten or cat into your home, it is important to give some thought to the litter tray. Most kittens will instinctively use a litter box from a young age, but some basic knowledge about cats and litter boxes may help prevent problems from developing. The basics of selecting a litter tray are that cats prefer to use the litter box in a quiet, private place where they feel safe. There should be at least 1 more litter tray then the number of cats in your household (1 cat + 2 litter trays or 2 cats + 3 litter trays) and the tray should be an appropriate size for your cat. 

Choosing the right litter for your cat 

Selecting the right litter box and litter for your cat can make all the difference when it comes to litter box training and daily litter box use. When picking a cat litter if your cat or kitten was previously litter box trained, find out what kind of litter was used so you can use the same. If you don't end up liking that litter you can gradually transition to a new one, but for training purposes a familiar litter is best. But if they have never used a litter tray choose a litter that is unscented, absorbent, and as dust-free as you can find. The most popular sort of cat litter is the clumping variety like World's Best Cat Litter Clumping Formula as it is easier to remove both solid and liquid waste daily. There is no final word on which is better – it's a preference and you may find that one works better for you and your cat than another.

Cat proof your home!

When bringing home your first cat it is important to make sure that your home is safe and free of anything that may harm your new pet. If you haven’t lived with a cat before you’ll be surprised at the places a cat can hide and the trouble she can get into. Cat proofing is very similar to baby proofing your home. This can be as simple as removing any dangerous wires, curtain cords, sharp or hazardous items your cat/kitten could chew or get tangled in. 

Give them something to play with! 

Cats and kittens can be destructive when bored so it is important to provide them with toys such as mice and balls in their space to keep them busy. It is also good to get some interactive toys like the Trouble & Trix Bliss Ball Wand so you can play with your cat and provide a non destructive outlet for their energy. A teaser wand is a great way to entice your cats natural instincts and encourage them to hunt, pounce and play. 
The Pet.co.nz Team

Written by The Pet.co.nz Team

A team of specialists with backgrounds in animal nursing, animal care, and all things pet related.