Adopting a cat/kitten is a big decision and there are numerous variables that should be contemplated before making the commitment. Cats, like people, have different personalities and it is essential to understand what you want from your feline companion. If you have children or pets in the home already, you will want to consider how this new addition will interact with the existing dynamic.
Congratulations on considering adopting a new cat or kitten! The introduction of a new cat is exciting but it can also be stressful. Here are important suggestions to get you off to a good start whether you have a multi- or single-cat household.
Setting up for success: Before introducing your new cat/kitten
The “3 P’s” Patience, Planning, and Preparation — are critical to the success of introducing a new cat. Sadly, approximately 50% of newly adopted cats are surrendered because of lack of planning. Fortunately, taking the following steps greatly improve the success of the adoption, as well as feline and human happiness. Read more about the 3 P’s — Patience, Planning, and Preparation.
Introducing a new cat into a household with existing cats can seem like an overwhelming task. Patience is key — the transition can take several weeks but planning ahead can reduce the stress, allow for an easier transition, and build a positive relationship between your feline companions. Click here for more tips on smoothly transitioning your new cat/kitten into the home.
After you have carefully thought about this important decision and have decided to adopt, your new cat or kitten must visit the veterinarian before entering your home. The veterinarian will provide a thorough physical examination, as well as test for FIV and FeLV. This is extremely important so that other household cats are not at risk for exposure.
Use the tabs on the left hand side of this page for additional information on topics such as environmental needs of cats, dental care, parasite prevention, the importance of routine preventive veterinary visits, and more!
Adopting a cat is an important responsibility. Identifying and securing a veterinarian for your cat is paramount (for help finding a veterinarian, use the AAFP’s Veterinarians and Practices locator).
Cat owners should have a solid understanding about how to meet their cat’s environmental needs, understand feline behaviors, feline health conditions, and diseases, and last, but importantly not least, the need for routine preventive veterinary visits. Click on the topics below or other cat health topics on above page menu for more information on how to give your cat the long, happy, and healthy life they deserve.
International Cat Care
International Cat Care is a charity passionate about improving the care of all cats. Their site contains specifics on cat health information and what you need to consider before you adopt a cat.
This site, sponsored by Bayer HealthCare, provides information on considerations before you adopt a cat.
Source: American Association of Feline Practitioners
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