It is a new and stressful experience for a cat coming into a new home. You can ease the transition for your new friend with some of the suggestions below.

  • Though you may be eager to have the cat explore your home, it is best to have one room set up with the necessities: litter box, bed, food, water, scratching post and some toys. This will enable the cat to adjust to the new surroundings gradually and will enable you to be sure the cat has found, and is using, the litter box.

  • If your new cat or kitten wants to hide --so be it. DO NOT force the cat to come out or invade the hiding place. As soon as he feels comfortable in his new surroundings, he'll be out exploring the area.

  • Anitra Frazier, author of The Natural Cat, suggests making a snug retreat for your cat. Use a cardboard box, something just large enough for the cat to get in, lay down, and stretch out a bit. Place the box on its side and put a soft blanket, old sweater, or towel in the bottom. Choose an out-of-the-way place in the cat's new room for the retreat. Some cats will prefer a spot up off the floor, but be sure it is located where the cat can safely and easily jump to it. Many cats appreciate the safety and privacy such a snug retreat provides, especially as they are adjusting to their new home.

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