How to Prepare Your Home for a New Cat

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10 December 2021
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Getting a new cat, be it a young kitten or an older cat, is an exciting experience, but you must prepare your home.

You have to prepare your home for a new cat as much as you need to prepare yourselves. Getting a new cat, especially a kitten, is a big responsibility, to begin with. There's the whole ‘settling in’ period that every new cat owner has to go through to ensure their new furry pal is safe, comfortable, and above all, happy.

Below, we'll look at how you can prepare your home for the arrival of a new pet cat.

Their Personal Safe Place

As much as you might be overly excited to smother your new cat with love, they do need their own space to retreat to where they can feel safe and secure. Though some cats can be incredibly lap-friendly, even these sociable kittens will need some space and time to explore the new environment. More intrepid cats may need even more time to get used to their new surroundings, so it is important that you let them explore at their own pace.

Dedicate a room or a part of the house to become their sanctuary. It doesn't have to be an entire room. For your cat, it could be a corner of the living room with a bed and scratch post. You could also invest in larger cat palaces, small towers with beds that let them stretch their legs as they jump between them. Make sure you let them make this area their own and try to not let others interfere with their space too much.

Secure Your Garden Against Cunning Escape Artists

Some animals are natural-born escape artists - cats in particular. A cat enclosure is a great way of keeping your cats from roaming too far. Either a fence topper or full-on outdoor enclosures will be suitable until you're confident enough to let your cat roam free around the world. Or, if you choose to keep your cat as an indoor cat, an enclosure is a great way of still letting them have a taste of the outdoors without experiencing the dangers of the big bad world.

Remember to allow outdoor cats access to get back into your home over the night. You could always install a cat door with a lock, allowing you to close off the area once they are inside. It’s important to let outdoor cats out regularly so that they can continue to exercise and experience the local area, but you must keep them safe.

Foodie Things To Think About

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You should fill your home with things that keep your new cat happy - and food is often at the top of the list. Research the different pet food brands for whatever pet you're bringing home to find the best one. Cats typically find a food they like and turn their nose up at others - wet food seems to be the most popular.

Sometimes, especially as a cat ages, you need to change your cat’s diet. Rapid change to diet can cause gastrointestinal problems and make your cat ill, so it’s important that you take this slowly. Introduce small amounts of the new food with the old food and steadily increase the amount over the course of one to three weeks and make sure that your cat is eating all of the food.

Bringing a new pet home might just be the best thing you do this year. Animals bring so much joy and happiness into our lives - and with your home ready to accept your new bundle of joy with loving arms, the only thing you have left to do is prepare yourself.