Have you had a cute kitty hanging around your home lately? Many of our feline patients simply showed up at their new-masters’ houses one day, and are now pampered pets. Of course, it will take Fluffy some time to adjust to living indoors. Read on for some tips from a Derby vet on helping your new cat make this transition.
In some cases, kitties settle right in, and will immediately act like they own the place. Others take more time to adjust. If your furry friend falls into the former category, then you probably don’t need to worry too much about helping Fluffy get settled. Nervous kitties, however, take time to warm up to their humans. Providing your pet with great basic necessities, such as food, water, bedding, and toys, will go a long way. A clean litterbox is also a must. Playtime, catnip, and treats are all wonderful purr starters.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is introduce Fluffy to her new doctor. Your kitty will need a nose-to-tail exam. If she hasn’t been fixed yet, that should also be on the agenda. Microchipping is important as well, as are vaccines and parasite control. This is a great time to ask for care tips!
If your furball has been living outside for a while, it may take a bit of time for her to get used to the indoor life. Setting out some pet-safe plants may help her feel more at ease. You can find a great list on the ASPCA website here. Other elements of a kitty paradise include soft beds, some pet furniture, and at least one good window view.
You may want to put your pet’s things in a quiet room, such as a spare bedroom or a utility room, initially. We also recommend this if you have other pets. You’ll want to spend time with your pet, and start winning her trust. Try sitting cross-legged on the floor, holding out a treat. Make that ‘psstpsst’ sound that kitties can’t resist, and try to call her to you. Don’t force attention on your new cat, though. It’s very important to let Fluffy come to you. This is key to building trust!
Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Derby pet hospital, we’re always happy to help!