Common Issues and Questions
Help Your New Cat Feel At Home
Here are some tips to help your new companion settle into your
GIVE IT TIME - You’re offering a wonderful home, but your new
addition has no way of knowing that. Only through your actions
will your cat learn that it is safe and loved. Be patient and don’t
force things. Be the source of petting, praise and treats. With
cats, think in terms of weeks to settle in, not days. Taking things
slowly is the fastest way to get your new friend relaxed and
sleeping in the sun - secure and content.
PROVIDE SPACE - Set up a safe area that’s all your cat’s own,
where it can easily get food, water and the litter box. Then let it
be. Your new cat may hide for a few days (some for longer). Once
it decides to come out, if it runs away from you, a guest or
children - let it go. Do not chase after or try to pick up a frightened
SUPERVISE OR SEPARATE - With all new cats, but especially
with kittens, be sure you supervise when they are out and about
in your home (and never allow them to roam outside). You may
need to confine other pets at first so your new one can explore.
When you cannot supervise, put the kitty back in it’s safe place.
Introduce new cats to current ones slowly, through a crate or child
PROTECT - Don’t let people or other animals overwhelm or
frighten your cat. Don’t allow your cat (or any pet) to be cornered.
Make sure it has an avenue of escape at all times. Tell small
children to sit on the floor if they want to play with the kitty rather
than picking it up. If you have a dog, keep it on a lead and under
control around the new feline.
BE ADVISED - We at Helping Paws Rescue do our best to meet
all of the medical needs of the animals, but adoption clinics and
re-homing can be very stressful to you and your new pet. Be
advised that this stress can cause latent conditions in an animal
to appear. Within the first week of owning your new pet, watch for
sneezing, watery eyes or lose of appetite. These symptoms can
be related to a reaction of new allergens in your home or the
expression of a latent condition. Please notify us or your vet if
such a concern arises.