Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Are You Ready to Give a Kitty the Purr-fect Forever Home?

There is some debate over whether or not the holidays are the best time for bringing home a new pet. But for many families, who take time off over the holidays and spend a lot of time enjoying their days at home, it makes a lot of sense. A new puppy or kitten needs attention and training, and even older pets need special time with the family to begin to feel comfortable in their new environment. And if you have pets already, it's great to be able to stay home with everyone and supervise the introductions.

When I moved in with Hubs, for instance, I came with my two cats. He had a dog. One day early on we came home to blood on the stairs. Yep. Jezebel apparently swatted the dog across his nose and drew blood. She put him in his place, as she saw it, and there were no further troubles. Pierre was fine, but it was still a little unnerving to think of what had been going on while we were at work!

If you are considering adopting a cat or kitten, here are some tips from Arm & Hammer to help you successfully introduce your new pet into your home:
  • There’s no place like home. Building a sanctuary will make your new furry friend much more comfortable settling into a new environment. Food, fresh water and a litter box are essentials, but adding a second litter box, toys and a comfy resting place will make their experience a lot more enjoyable. 
  • Think tidy. It’s important to keep your cat’s litter boxes well-maintained. This leaves your cat feeling extra clean, and encourages them to continually use it. New Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter is specially formulated for a 7-day odour free home. No other litter forms a tight seal around odours and destroy them with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda. Your cat will also love the new softer feel! It’s available in two varieties: Fresh Home and Multi-Cat. (This is the litter we use now with PJ Tricky and I love it. Very low dust, great odour control, excellent absorbency. Highly recommend!)
  • Your new best friend. Well, what are you waiting for? Spend a few hours a day with your cat (especially during the beginning) to give a little bit of reassurance. It may take some time for your cat to warm up to you, but it’ll all be worth it!
  • Meeting family. If you already have the good fortune of owning a pet, make sure both parties meet with calm and ease. It’s best to let the new one explore your house early on without any interference from others. Your cat will eventually adapt to the scents of others around – and who knows – make another furry friend. 
On that last point, it really is a good idea to introduce your new cat gradually to your home if you already have pets. If you can set up a litter box, food, water, toys, etc., in a room where you can close the door, that's a great spot for the new kitty to spend the first couple of days. You can bring in toys or a blanket or bed that existing pets have used, so that your new addition can get familiar with their scent. And also bring out the new kitty's toys for your other pets to sniff.  Allow your new friend some of their own alone time to explore the house while other animals are secured in a separate room. Once everyone seems comfortable with the new scents in the house, give them the opportunity to meet, on their own time. But be sure to watch carefully for any possible scuffles, and to be able to reassure and calm all of your pets if they display signs of being nervous.

Whether you are introducing a new cat or kitten to a home with existing pets or not, it is likely that the new arrival will spend the first couple of days in hiding. It can take up to a week for some cats to feel comfortable enough in their new environment to venture out. Don't force it, but keep talking to your new friend and encouraging him to come play. And don't worry, it's not you!

Now that's a comfortable cat!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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