April 30 is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! While there’s no bad time to adopt a shelter pet, if you are considering getting a kitty, this would be the purrfect time. Of course, our feline buddies are quite emotional, and they take first impressions very seriously. Those first few weeks with a new kitty are very important, as they set the stage for your relationship with Fluffy. A Fayetteville, NC vet discusses bringing a shelter cat home in this article.

Be Prepared

If possible, have everything you need ready and waiting for Fluffy. Your shopping list should include toys, treats, dishes, a litterbox and litter, food, and, of course, some kitty furniture. (Catnip won’t hurt, either.) Put these things in a quiet room or area at first, so your furry pal has a quiet spot to relax.

Give Kitty Time

Our feline friends are all unique individuals. Some will immediately hop into your lap for snuggles and purrs. Others are scaredy-cats, who may hide a lot and will only warm up to you very slowly. Don’t force attention on Fluffy! It’s important to let her come to you.

Make Introductions Slowly

Do you have other pets? Take your time with introductions. Let them play paws under the door for a few days, until they seem to both have accepted the fact that there’s a new kid in town. Ask your vet for tips on this.

Talk To The Vet

One of the first things on your agenda should be introducing Fluffy to her new doctor. Your kitty will need a full exam. You’ll also need to make sure she is current on her vaccines and parasite control. If she hasn’t been microchipped or spayed/neutered yet, you’ll need to get that done as well. This is a great time to get some specific advice on her health and care!

Let Love Grow

That special bond we have with kitties is a truly precious gift. It’s a beautiful thing to look into a cat’s eyes and see complete adoration. However, it may take time for your feline pal to feel safe. Focus on providing Fluffy with great TLC. That includes playtime, toys, treats, and, of course, cuddles and conversation. You’ll have that motor going before you know it!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Fayetteville, NC animal clinic!