How to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home

introduce a new cat

Help Your Cat Transition to Their Forever Home

introduce a new catKittens and cats can be really sensitive to new environments and unusual surroundings. Much of the time, new cats will hide in the closet or under the bed when they’re first introduced to a new home. After a while, they should adjust to their new home but it can be one of those things that takes a little longer. Here are some easy tips to introduce a new cat to your home and make their transition to their forever home.

4 Tips to Introduce a New Cat to Your Home

Give Your Cat Its Own Space

If you didn’t already know, cats can be territorial in nature. Bringing a new cat home can leave them overwhelmed and even scared of their new environment. One way you can make your cats transition more comfortable is to provide your cat with a space of their own right away. Space is hard to come by here in New York City, but if you can dedicate a corner or an area to their cat toys, litter box, food and water, their acclimation will be that much easier.

Microchip Them or Use GPS Tracker

When cats feel scared, they like to run away to places that they feel comfortable and safe in. If you rescued a cat, the chances are they are going to be very skittish when you bring them home. Cats have been known to scurry their way out the front door or open window, so when you introduce a new cat to your home make sure you’re very mindful of that. As an added layer of protection, you can microchip them or put a GPS tracking collar on them. That way if they do escape, you have some way to find them.

Cats Love High Places

Introducing a new cat to your home can potentially lead to destroyed furniture. As someone who has had cats before, this probably isn’t coming as a surprise to you. This tip will not only make your cat happy, it could potentially save your furniture too. Cats like to survey things from up high. Getting a cat tree gives your cat somewhere high to escape to, but it also gives them something to scratch instead of your furniture. Two birds. One stone.

Familiarity is Key

This couldn’t ring more true in regards to your cat’s diet. It’s common for cats to not eat when they’re introduced to a new home. Be patient, it’s all part of the process. At first, you should keep them on the same diet that they had at their foster home or shelter. Things that are familiar encourage acclimation.

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Fall Pet Preparation

Prepare Your Pet for Fall in Manhattan

fall pet preparationAs it starts to get colder here in Manhattan, the number of coats, boots and scarves that you start to see on the streets increases. People are starting to bundle up, make adjustments to their lives in order to accommodate the coming of fall. If you’re a pawrent, you need to make the same adjustments for your pet. When it comes to fall pet preparation, there are few things you can do to make your pet more comfortable. Keep reading for our fall pet preparation tips.

3 Fall Pet Preparation Tips

Additional Warmth

Throughout the year, your pet’s needs change. Depending on the weather and temperatures, you make adjustments so that your pet is more comfortable. In the warmer months, you remove things from their environment that cause additional heat like blankets in the dog bed or covering for the birdcage. But as it starts to get cooler here in Manhattan, you’re going to need to step up for your fall pet preparation.

Provide your pet with extra warmth wherever their favorite spots are. If you know your cat likes the windowsill where the sun shines through in the morning, fold up a blanket and put it there so they have additional heat. Add an extra blanket to your dog’s bed or make sure you cuddle up extra close at night. Your pet will appreciate it as it gets colder.

Make Dietary Adjustments as Needed

When it’s cold, your pet requires more energy to stay warm throughout the day. Just because it’s starting to get colder, doesn’t mean that you get to ditch your pet’s exercise or play routine. They need that for their health. But what you probably need to do is increase the amount of food that you give your pet in the cooler months of the year. Food generates body heat. Make sure you check with your vet to see how you should modify your pet’s diet to best suit their needs.

Watch the Decorations

Fall is the start of the holiday season. Before you know it, you’re going to be decorating your place for Halloween and Thanksgiving. When you’re decorating your Manhattan apartment for the holidays, keep in mind that your pet lives there too. Cats love shiny things. They love playing with strings and scratching things and have also been known to destroy holiday decorations. Dogs too. Animals are curious, so when you’re decorating, try to stay away from things that if swallowed or dismantled could harm your pet.

Safe and Reliable Pet Sitters in Manhattan

Our professional and reliable Manhattan pet sitters understand that pet care changes throughout the year. Some pets need more than others to stay comfortable during cooler months of the year like additional blankets in their beds or more cuddles with their pawrents. Every pet is different. And at Bingo Pet Care, we make your pet our priority. We provide a co-parenting pet sitting experience unlike any other service in Manhattan. Schedule a meet and greet today and find out for yourself why we’re the most reliable pet sitters in Manhattan.