Bonding With Your New Cat
Have you recently adopted a new kitty? Good for you! The next few weeks are a crucial time, as it’s very important for you and Fluffy to get started out on the right paw. Here, a Lakeville, MN vet offers tips on bonding with your feline buddy.
Change can be pretty stressful for cats. Fluffy may need some time to adjust to her new home. We recommend getting your kitty started out in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, bedding, and, of course, a litterbox. This is especially important if you have other pets, as you’ll need to make introductions slowly. Visit your feline pal often, but let her decide when she’s ready to explore.
One great way to build your cat’s trust is to play with her. Use things like wand toys, which will activate your pet’s inner huntress and make playtime fun and exciting for her. This will also help burn off any excess energy Fluffy has, so she’ll be calmer after. (Tip: make your home safe for Fluffy by doing some basic pet-proofing.)
Cats are usually pretty quick to realize when a human is giving them love, care, and, of course, food. Kitties can be quite purrticular about treats. Some love bits of shredded deli meat or plain cooked chicken. If Fluffy turns her little nose up, try store-bought treats.
Although your cat may not understand what you’re saying when you talk to her, she’ll know you’re trying to communicate. This will also help her feel safe and loved. Some kitties even talk back! Using your furball’s name when you talk to her will help her learn it.
Cats can be a bit fickle, and can sometimes get nervous or uneasy if you try to pet them or pick them up unexpectedly. Let Fluffy approach you when she’s ready. Don’t try to pick your furball up if she seems skittish. Just call to her, and see if she’ll climb into your lap.
More than anything, your furry friend will need time to assess her new surroundings and feel comfortable in her new domain. With love, great care, and a little patience, you’ll have that little motor going in no time!
Please call us, your local Lakeville, MN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about cat care. We are always here to help!