Helping a New Cat Settle In

Have you recently adopted a new kitty? Good for you! Changing homes is a big deal to our feline pals, so you’ll want to take a few precautions to make everything go smoothly for your new pet. Here, a Niwot, CO vet discusses helping Fluffy settle in.

Getting Ready

Before you pick your new cat up, you’ll need to do some shopping. Your kitty will need bedding, toys, treats, dishes, a litterbox and litter, and a carrier. Fluffy will also appreciate some pet furniture, like a cat tower. As for food, we recommend getting the brand your feline pal has been eating at first, if you know which one it was. Make changes slowly, and only after consulting your vet.

Kitty Quarters

Put your feline friend’s things in a quiet back room, like a spare bedroom. This is especially important if you have other pets. This will give your furball a chance to settle in and relax.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment for your kitty. A thorough exam is definitely in order. You’ll also want to make sure Fluffy is up to date on her exams, parasite control products, and vaccinations.


Cats take first impressions very seriously. If you have another kitty, don’t just let Fluffy and Mittens meet on the first day. Keep your new pet in the back room, and let them get used to each other’s scents. You may see some paws under the door at this point. Get the all-clear from your vet before making official introductions. When both felines seem to have accepted the fact that there is another kitty in the house, take your new pet into the living room in her carrier, and let them meet. You may see some hissing and ‘poofing’ at first, but this should diminish steadily. Ask your vet for more information.


Some cats will immediately hop into your lap, purring. Other kitties will be more aloof at first. Don’t force attention on your new pet. Talk to Fluffy, play with her, and offer her toys and treats, but let her decide when it’s cuddle time. Just focus on giving your cat great care, and giving her time to adjust.

Please feel free to contact us, your Niwot, CO pet clinic, anytime. We have been helping local pets since 1946!

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