Bonding With a New Cat

June is Adopt A Cat Month. It’s also Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. We’re always happy to see kitties getting a good home. Of course, it may take Fluffy a bit of time to adjust and feel safe in her new home. Our feline pals are very small, and can easily be frightened! A Webster, NY vet offers some tips on bonding with your new cat below.

Give It Time

Rule number one is to never try to force attention on Fluffy. Let her approach on her own schedule and terms. This will vary greatly from cat to cat. Some furballs are little cuddle bugs that will immediately snuggle up on your lap. Others are very timid, and will stare at you from under the bed until they feel safe. Give Fluffy the time she needs to relax and settle in.

Calling Fluffy

It’s important to let Fluffy come to you. Sit on the floor, and hold out a yummy treat. You can try making that kissing sound, and talking to your feline friend in a friendly tone. If she approaches, let her sniff you, and then try rubbing her forehead or neck. If she doesn’t like being petted, don’t force it. However, you may find that your furry pal starts her engine and leans into it.

Making Friends

It may take your kitty a little while to realize that she’s landed in her furever home, and that life is going to be pretty sweet from here on out. Needless to say, providing good food, fresh water, and a clean litterbox will go a long way here. Fluffy also needs lots of comfy beds and napping spots. Toys, treats, kitty furniture, and scratching posts will all help put that smug, happy look on that adorable furry face.

A Purrfect Match

You may find that your feline buddy gradually becomes more affectionate. She may be aloof and nervous at first, and then suddenly decide that you’re her best friend. When this happens, it’s almost as though a switch is flipped. You might start getting purrs and head bonks, and find Fluffy is following you around and sleeping at your feet. While you can’t force or predict this moment, it’s a truly beautiful thing to experience.

Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Webster, NY veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!

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