A Cat’s First Month at Home

Make sure you have already cat/kitten proofed your home with screens of windows, secure balcony and a room set up with everything they’ll need.

When transporting your cat home, consider which method of transport you will take home. Public transport may cause your cat more stress. Keep the cat covered and make sure your carrier is secure.

Upon arriving home, place your cat in a small, quiet area with a litter tray, food and water. Let them explore the small area first and feel safe, before they venture out to explore the rest of the home. If you have adopted a kitten, make sure you keep them away from cables, and things they could crew on, such as thread, elastic bands etc.

Your adopted cat is getting used to its new environment and might be nervous. Just be patient with your cat, hiding and loud meowing is normal behavior, but it should settle as the weeks go by. You may not even see your cat much at all during the first week, but stay patient and I’m sure you won’t regret it!

If your cat is hiding away or seems shy, them put out some yummy food for the cat and just stay near, without forcing contact. Allow the cat/kitten to learn that you’re not the threat and come to you in its own time.

Cats are natural explorers and will use their claws to climb up onto anything possible. In the first few weeks, slow access to the home will allow for exploration as well as the ability for you to monitor your cats behavior.