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Helping a Shelter Cat Settle In

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! Are you planning to add a new kitty to your household soon? If so, this is a great time to visit a shelter. At this time of year, animal rescue are overflowing with kittens. We know, that sounds like a pretty adorable problem to have. However, the sad truth is that the influx of new cats puts a lot of additional strain on shelter resources. There are already far too many homeless pets out there. That’s why this is a purrfect time to adopt a shelter cat! Here, a Columbia, MD vet offers tips on helping Fluffy settle in.

Shopping

A trip to the pet store is definitely in order. Your cat will need a litterbox, litter, food, treats, toys, dishes, and a carrier. You’ll also want to pick up some grooming supplies. We also recommend getting your kitty a few pieces of pet furniture.

Coming Home

You may want to put your kitty’s things in a quiet back room at first, especially if you have other pets. This will give Fluffy a comfy, quiet place to relax and get used to the sounds and smells of her new home. She may sleep a lot at first, as she recuperates from the stress and trauma of being in a shelter. If you have other pets, introduce your furry friends slowly, over the course of several days. Ask your vet for specific advice.

The First 30 Days

Cats can take quite a while to adjust to major changes, such as going to a new home. Just give your kitty time to adjust. Make sure to let Fluffy come to you for cuddles and affection. If you chase her, corner her, or pick her up when she doesn’t want to be held, she may become wary of you. Offering great care, toys, treats, and perhaps some catnip will help you win her trust.

Doctor’s Appointment

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Fluffy to the vet. Although shelter cats are typically fixed, vaccinated, and current on parasite control, your cat will still need a thorough exam. This is a great chance to get some specific advice on your new pet’s diet and care needs!

Please contact us, your local Columbia, MD vet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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