What to Expect When You Get a new cat: A Guide for New Cat Parents
You may think getting a new cat is a piece of cake, you’re about to rescue her from the shelter and give her a loving home. How hard can it be?
New cat parents know that adopting a pet is about more than just filling an empty space in your heart and home, when you get a new cat, you also get a new responsibility.
It’s not unusual for new cat parents to feel overwhelmed at first, while it’s tempting to get on with life as if nothing had changed, this isn’t a good idea.
A new cat means a completely new set of habits and new ways of interacting with your cat, you can’t just get on with things as if nothing is new, or your cat will adjust to it and become more independent.
The first few weeks
The first few weeks are often the most trying for new cat parents, it’s important to stay committed to these first few weeks and not give up if your cat is being difficult, it might take a week or two for her to adjust, but she will come around in time.
A new cat is going to be a little skittish and unsure of herself, she needs you to set boundaries and show her what an amazing life she can have with you. Be patient with her during this time and let her figure out how things work in your home.
It’s also common for cats to go into hiding for a bit after being adopted this is known as hiding their head in the sand behavior, which means they don’t want anything to do with you or other people in the house.
Your cat may be hiding behind furniture, in closets, under beds, or even outside, don’t worry; this too shall pass.
How to make a new cat feel accepted
Overcoming the challenges of adopting a new cat can be difficult, but it’s not impossible, to make your new furry friend feel accepted, you should:
- Spend time with your new cat every day.
- Introduce him to his surroundings slowly, one room at a time.
- Take her to the vet for a check-up and get him vaccinated so she can interact with other pets safely.
What to do when your cat gets sick
One of the unfortunate realities for a new cat parent is that your adorable, fluffy companion will eventually get sick, and when she does, you’ll need to know how to take care of her.
- If your cat becomes ill, it’s important that you call your veterinarian and examine her symptoms to properly diagnose the issue.
- If the cause is something like a cold or a gastrointestinal problem, your vet might prescribe some over-the-counter medications, once you have the diagnosis, then you can start treating her symptoms with whatever remedies are available.
It’s important to treat an illness quickly so it doesn’t turn into something more serious especially if your cat is getting worse rather than better. Get in contact with your veterinarian right away if your cat is experiencing any of these issues:
1) Has a high fever
2) Is lethargic and not eating
3) Is experiencing loss of appetite or vomiting
4) Has diarrhea for more than 48 hours