How To Ensure Your Cat Isn’t Stressed When You Bring Her Home


Bringing home your new cat is exciting, but unlike dogs that tend to attach themselves to people, cats tend to attach themselves to their environment. Extra care must be taken when they come home.

You and your family may be very excited when you are bringing your new cat or kitten home for the very first time but your new pet may be very nervous or afraid because it is arriving at a strange place it has never been to before with people it does not know or trust yet.

Your new cat or kitten may be playful as soon as it comes home or it may not. It totally depends on your cat’s individual personality. You have to be understanding and patient with your new cat or kitten if it does not warm up to you right away.

It may try to run away from you at first and hide so it may take awhile before he or she feels comfortable enough to play with you.

You will need to show your new cat or kitten around your home so it gets acquainted with its new surroundings and where its food and water bowls, litter box, bed, and toys are all located.

You should begin by putting your new cat into its litter box as soon as possible when you bring him or her home. If you are bringing home an older cat, not a young kitten, it most likely knows to use the litter box already, but you still should do this to reassure what is expect of your new cat.

Then let the cat use the litter box if it needs to or walk out if it chooses not to use it. After you have shown your cat its litter box, toys, bed, food, and water let it walk around and get familiar with his or her new living space.

Bringing Home Your cat

If you are bringing a new kitten home you may find that it is a good idea to keep the kitten in the same room as the litter box for a couple of weeks so it gets accustom to it. If you see the kitten make a mistake on the floor place it immediately into the litter box so it knows that it is where he or she should go.

If your cat is very timid and becomes frightened easily you should not try to force it to play with you, or force it to be held right away.

Go into the room alone where the cat is staying and sit there very still with the cat for a few minutes. Having many people in the room all at once may overwhelm the cat and making any sudden movements might scare the cat as well.

Eventually the cat will go up to you, smell you and rub against you. It may not happen the first day or even after the first week you bring the cat home. One cat we adopted would only come out when my husband left for work. It took a long time for her to accept him, obviously she had a bad experience with men in the past. So be patient and eventually you will build her trust and adoration.

You will have to be extremely patient with him or her. Do not try to pet the cat right away because it may scare it away.

When the cat lingers beside you for awhile it is then an appropriate time to slowly reach out to pet the cat. The cat may still run away from you when you begin to pet it. It may still take a couple of weeks for the cat to become comfortable enough to let you pet it even though it is beginning to approach you.

You can also begin to shake one of its toys to see if your new cat or kitten wants to play after it begins to become comfortable and trusts you.

Though cats tend to have a more difficult time adjusting to a new home and family than some other types of pets, these simple suggestions can make the change a lot easier on your new cat or kitten. With patients, understanding and love you and your family will eventually create a wonderfully rewarding relationship with your new cat or kitten.