6 Tips for Bringing a New Cat Home (Petco)

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okay here's some helpful advice on

welcoming a cat into your home

timid kitty here's a really important

thing to understand about your newest

family member

many cats will initially be timid or shy

and will likely hide when first brought


it doesn't mean your cat will be

anti-social he just needs some time to

adjust and feel comfortable in his new

surroundings which may take several days

you can help your cat during this

adjustment period by giving him a safe

quiet room of his own so he isn't

overwhelmed spend some time in the room

just sitting quietly while you watch TV

or read when you think he's ready try to

tempt him out with a toy or some food

but let him proceed at his own pace once

your cat's comfortable you can gradually

introduce them to other areas of your

home night owl

nighttime activity for cats is common

given the choice a cat would prefer to

sleep during the day and then hunt and

play at night cats tend to be most

active from middle to late evening and

will play well into the early hours of

the morning to help them adjust to your

schedule provide him with interactive

toys and multiple play sessions during

the day including one just before

bedtime this should help tire him out

and get him used to your routine drink



urinary tract diseases are common among

cats they're especially dangerous and

can be fatal in male cats if not treated

immediately one way to help avoid these

diseases is to be sure your cat drinks

lots of water drinking water can also

help prevent kidney failure in older

cats so put out plenty of water bowls

and make sure you add fresh water every

day kitty

comforts cats love to nap so provide a

number of cozy sleeping areas around

your home some cats like lots of

cushioning while others prefer flat

surfaces like cardboard this can even

change depending on the time of day

experiment with your cats bedding to

find out what he prefers also many cats

like a sunny spot to relax in consider

giving your cat a window ledge so he

could snooze in the Sun

the pickup artist

as simple as it may seem it's important

to know the right technique when picking

up your cat here's how you do it

place one hand on his chest just behind

his front legs and use the other hand to

scoop up his back end and rear legs keep

in mind that cats don't like to feel

trapped or restrained so picking him up

correctly is the best way to avoid

either of you getting hurt

plant smarts cats will also chew on

household plants out of boredom

curiosity or because they're craving

vegetation many common plants can be

toxic and some like lilies can even be

fatal other deadly plants include azalea

caladium castor bean cyclamen dumb cane

English ivy mistletoe

oleander philodendron sago palm tulips

and new so be sure to decorate your home

with only feline friendly plants and

consider giving your cat a safe plant to

munch on such as a small container of

oak grass or wheatgrass which you can

find at your local pet supply store

adopting a cat can be one of life's most

rewarding experiences but it also comes

with new responsibilities it's possible

that your newest family member could be

with you for a decade or more so it just

makes good sense to take a few minutes

now to turn your home into a safe and

feline friendly environment remember

just like a child your cat is counting

on you to keep him out of harm's way