It’s kitten season. That means that everywhere you turn there are cute, cuddly bundles of joy looking for a good home. Yes, it’s kitten season and it’s very tempting to adopt a kitten or two.
You’re about to make a very big, long-term commitment that too many people take too lightly. Visit your local shelter or talk to your local rescue and find out how many cats in their care are between the ages of say – 1 to 5 years old. Not long ago, those were kittens someone just had to have.
As you guys already noticed i adopted a cat a couple months ago. A 1 year old kitten named Chloé with probably the same behavior as me, a bitchy princess but it’s probably one of my best but biggest and most important decision in my life, because as you know, adopting a cat is not just for a couple of months or years, it’s for your whole life !
Adopting a little cutie is not the same as choosing a pair of jeans at Zara with e 30 days return policy. It’s something you have to think about very carefully because it will take a lot of time and work and most important it will take a lot of responsibility. Here are some tips for when you consider adopting a cat.
Before bringing your new furball home, outfit your home with all the supplies you could possibly need.( litter, eat and drinking bowl, toys, food,scratching post…) Also brush up on ways of keeping your cat stress-free and happy.
Choosing the right cat
To some people, cats may all appear to be the same compared to the vast differences in dogs when it comes to size, shape and looks. The truth is though that cats, although they all tend to fall within a smaller range when it comes to weight and size, can be very different, not only physically but in personality. If you’re thinking about adding a cat to the family, take time now to figure out what type of cat might be a better match for you. Just remember, the cats chooses you and not you the cat! But there are some exceptions… My cat was very shy but it was the most beautiful fluffy thing i’ve ever seen so i really wanted her even the shelter told me she would never be able to live on her own and that she’s too shy to be adopted. Well i guess they were wrong because she’s not leaving my side, she follows me everywhere i go and even wakes me up in the morning.
The first thing you should know about your new pet is that most cats hate to travel. For the trip home, confine your pet in a sturdy cat carrier. Don’t leave him loose in your car, where he might panic and cause an accident, or get out when you open the car door. He may yowl and cry and try mightily to get out of the carrier, but don’t give in.
After the ride home, he will, most likely, not be in the mood for fun. To make his transition to your household as comfortable as possible, select a quiet, closed-in area, such as your bedroom or a small room away from the main foot traffic, and provide him with a litter box, food and water, toys, and a scratching post.
Depending upon where she came from and her anxiety level, it’s normal for her to not want to eat, use her litter box or drink any water right away. Provide a small amount of food and give her privacy. She may feel more comfortable to eat when no one is around initially. If she doesn’t show any interest in eating the first day, just keep providing small meals and fresh water. Don’t put out too much food so you can monitor whether any is actually getting eaten or not. By the second day she should be hungry enough to start nibbling. If not, talk to your veterinarian. You don’t want the cat to go more than a day without eating but your veterinarian will provide specific instructions on how you should handle the situation based on your cat’s specific history and circumstances. Mine spend 1 day hiding, after reading and watching some movies next to her and even sleeping next to her (in the hallway) she became familiar with me and came out to discover her new home.
Your new cat may be full of self-confidence and itching to get out and make himself at home. Or he may be more of a shrinking violet who needs more time to adjust.
Let the Cat Make the First Move
Go at the cat’s pace when it comes to interaction. It’s tempting to try to hold, pet or interact with your cat right away but depending on where she came from and her current comfort level, she may not be ready to have you get too close. You can use a fishing pole-type toy to conduct a casual, low-intensity play session to ease her anxiety. If she’s curious and seemed interested in checking you out, extend your index finger and let her approach to sniff it. Don’t try to pet her at first – just let her sniff your finger and if she wants further interaction, she’ll move closer to you.
When your new cat feels comfortable and is no longer hiding, you can start to let her explore beyond her sanctuary room. If you live in a large home, don’t overwhelm her by letting her wander around in every room. Let her explore slowly, a little at a time so she always knows the route back to her sanctuary.
Trust-Building and Training
It’s never too early to start training. Your new cat is always learning and what she learns depends on the messages you send. Be consistent and humane in your training process. Provide what she needs, use positive, force-free training that sends a consistent message and always let her know when she’s done it right. The decision to bring a cat into your life may have been a sudden and impulsive move but providing for her health and happiness should never be. Take the time to educate yourself on what cats need for physical, emotional and mental health.
So with all this in mind , i hope you guys make the right choice and i hope you’ll enjoy your new soulmate as much as i do !!