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Cat Adjusting to a New Owner: Some Tips

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A cat adjusting to a new owner can take some time and patience, so don’t rush things and follow these tips to settle your new feline friend. Plus, we have some info for those who need to rehome a cat, to make sure it is a caring and positive experience for the cat.

Cat adoption support is offered by most pet shelters and rescue groups.  The bottom line though is that you are responsible for your adopted cat’s health and well-being. This means that once you’ve adopted your new pet cat, you need to provide the best possible care so there’s a smooth transition for the cat into your home. 

Transitioning Tips

It’s perfectly normal for cats to take some time to adjust to their new home. To help ease this transition, here are some tips on how to support your cat after adoption:

  • Provide a quiet space: Give your cat a quiet and secluded space to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed or scared. This can be a separate room or a cosy cat bed where they can relax and feel safe. If you use a separate room for this, leave the door ajar and be sure any windows are closed.
  • Introduce new things slowly:  Let your adopted cat explore its new home (remember,  windows and doors must be closed at first or your new cat will run away!). Then,  introduce your adopted cat to new people, pets, and house objects slowly and gradually. This will help the cat adjust because it will feel more welcomed and less stressed.
  • Stick to a routine: Try to stick to a regular routine for feeding, playing, and other activities with or without the cat. You have to do other things around the house but don’t ignore the cat while you’re doing them. This will help your new cat feel secure and comfortable in your home.

Continuation of Veterinary Care

After adoption, it’s important to continue providing your cat with regular veterinary care. Below is a list of three ‘must-dos’ for anyone adopting a cat:

  • Annual check-ups: Schedule annual check-ups with your veterinarian to ensure your cat is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Preventative care: Talk to your veterinarian about preventative care choices like flea and tick prevention, anal gland expression, grooming, eye care, and dental care.
  • Emergency care: In case of an emergency, have a plan for how to quickly get your cat to the veterinarian without reckless driving.

By following these tips and providing your cat with continued veterinary care, you can rest assured that your adopted cat will have a good and healthy life.

Rehoming Scenarios

Senior Cats

Rehoming an older cat can be a very taxing process, but it can certainly be done. Older cats may have certain health needs requiring meds and/or frequent trips to the vet. Also, they may not adapt as quickly to new homes as younger cats.

Here are a few useful things to keep in mind when you are rehoming an older cat:

  • Be sure to tell potential adopters any health issues or special needs your cat may have.  
  • Look for an adopter who has experience with older cats and is willing to provide the needed care.
  • If feasible, adopt your cat out to a willing family member or friend who is familiar with your cat’s personality and specific needs.

Rehoming in Different States or Provinces in the US

Rehoming a cat to a different state, province, or country can be a lot more complicated than rehoming within your own area. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Each location may have certain laws and regulations regarding cat ownership. Make sure to research the laws in the new location before shipping your cat off.
  • Look for reputable animal shelters or rescue organizations in the new area. They may be able to help you find a new home for your cat.
  • If you are transporting your cat to any new location yourself, make sure to use a comfortable and safe pet carrier. And, if you will be crossing any international borders or state lines, be sure you have all the proper paperwork required. If you are uncertain about this you can find out what’s needed online or ask your vet.

It’s important to keep in mind that cat rehoming can be a challenging choice, but it’s sometimes necessary for the welfare of both the cat and the owner. Rehoming a cat is never an easy decision for any cat parent.

Both Sides of the Equation

Rehoming a cat is always a difficult decision for any cat owner to make. Sometimes it is necessary, however, for the well-being of both you and your cat. Before making the decision to rehome, it is important to exhaust all other options and resources and to be truthful about any behavioural or health issues your cat may have.

As a potential person who wants to take a cat in, it is also your responsibility to do your research, ask the right questions and ultimately, if you decide to go ahead, to help your cat adjust to his or her new environment.

If you do decide to rehome your cat, then do so responsibly and safely. Use reputable organizations and websites to find a new home for your cat. Then, thoroughly vet potential adopters to make sure they can provide a loving and suitable home.

Remember to give your cat all of the necessary medical records and supplies. Things like food, toys, and bedding will help make the transition to their new home easier. Overall, rehoming a cat is not an easy decision, but it can be the best choice for both you and your pet. By taking the necessary steps, you can be assured that your cat will be in a loving and suitable new home.

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