Cats need extensive taking care and nurturing on the very first days of its arrival in the new home. It can be difficult to understand them and go along with their shy behavior. They can be highly reluctant and submissive to becoming your partner and best friend from the start. Hence, there should be some patience and reserve at this time. You can do this by helping your cat build its own part in your home and safe territory. If your cat is still young and needs warmth, you can carry it in a cat pouch around the house and outside. By implementing and providing a few of the below listed things for your new cat, you can create a secure environment for them:
Secure Sleeping Zone
Most cats are known as lazy, and they like to rest and feel at home the most. For this, you will have to provide comfy bedding that is enough space for the animal to snuggle and peacefully sleep in. Cats are also private animals that like to have their own space and privacy when they rest and conduct other activities. Make sure to create a secluded place for your cat to relax and call its own. You can place it outside your room or someone it gets easily attached to at first to help it be close to familiar scents as cats rely the most on smells and sounds.
Separate Eating Space
For feeding your new, furry animal, you need the right nutrition and pack the meal with the tastes that the animal used to experience in its previous home. But first of all, you need to supply your fluff ball with the right bowl to have the food in. The proper apparatus to serve it food and water; you can use shallow dishes with reduced sides that help the cat get in with all its whiskers and don’t irritate it.
You can leave the pet alone while eating to help it calm down without your presence overshadowing. Create scheduled meals for the new cat to help it know when it’s time so that no fuss is created or too many uncomfortable interactions.
As mentioned above, holding the animal and caressing it can also be a way to help it calm down and relax. However, during the first days, it will be as shy as a fox and may not want to be mushed between hugs. For this, you must first rid of the hesitation. You can do this by interacting with the cat in a way that helps it release its worries and be open to interaction. You can start with distance-keeping games and play that allows them to interact without having to compromise the uncomfortable distance. These can be done by wool balls, fishing pole toys, and other of a similar nature that induces interest and liking towards you. Grab on the paw from time to time to invite touch.
A Place to Mark Its Own
Like already hinted, cats are private animals and heavily rely on familiar smells and sounds to feel rest-assured. Hence, focusing more on creating a personal space for the animal can be ideal for it to relax. This can be in the shape of a scratch post, hiding places, and private litter boxes. Through scratch posts, they can create a secluded place where they can relieve itches and leave their scent to feel like home. Place a large enough litter box in the area to help them go or several small ones in various parts of the house to create a clean environment.
Exposure to the Outside
Don’t let the newly introduced animal stay cramped up in the indoors to make it feel stuffed from all the new faces and human contact. Take it out for a walk from time to time to have a change of scenery and a more open space with others of its kind. However, don’t immediately take it to the busy streets and dangerous outdoors. If you have to go out, you can use the cat hoodie to carry the animal close to you until it feels safe walking on its own. Let it get out of the house in the backyard or watch the outskirts through the window or front screen. Don’t forget to look into an ESA letter to keep your pet with you indoors or outdoors.