So you adopted a cat, now what?

Congratulations on adopting a furry friend! Cats are wonderful companions, but they also have their own needs and personalities. Here are some tips to help you and your cat get along well.

Provide the essentials

Your cat will need a safe and comfortable space to call home. Make sure you have the following items ready before you bring your cat home:

  • A litter box and litter. Place it in a quiet and accessible spot, and scoop it daily.
  • Food and water bowls. Choose ceramic or stainless steel bowls, and wash them regularly. Provide fresh water at all times, and follow the feeding instructions on the cat food label.
  • A scratching post or pad. Cats need to scratch to keep their nails healthy and mark their territory. Provide a sturdy and vertical scratching post or pad, and place it near where your cat likes to sleep or hang out.
  • A bed or blanket. Cats love to nap, so give them a cozy and warm place to curl up. You can buy a cat bed or use a blanket or towel. You can also let your cat sleep on your bed or couch, if you don’t mind the fur.
  • Toys and treats. Cats are curious and playful, so keep them entertained with toys and treats. You can buy cat toys or make your own with household items like cardboard boxes, paper bags, or feathers. Treats are great for rewarding good behavior or bonding with your cat.

Give your cat time to adjust

Moving to a new home can be stressful for a cat, so be patient and gentle with your new pet. Let your cat explore the house at their own pace, and don’t force them to interact with you or other people or animals. Give your cat some privacy and space, especially during the first few days. Gradually introduce your cat to other members of the household, and use treats and toys to encourage positive associations.

Learn your cat’s language

Cats communicate with their body language, vocalizations, and behaviors. Pay attention to how your cat expresses their feelings and needs, and respond accordingly. Here are some common signs to look for:

  • A happy cat will purr, knead, rub against you, blink slowly, or curl their tail around you.
  • An angry or scared cat will hiss, growl, arch their back, flatten their ears, or puff up their fur.
  • A playful cat will chase, pounce, bat, or bite gently.
  • A bored or frustrated cat will scratch furniture, knock things over, meow loudly, or bite hard.
  • A hungry or thirsty cat will meow persistently, follow you around, or paw at their food or water bowl.
  • A sick or injured cat will hide, sleep more than usual, lose appetite, vomit, or have diarrhea.

Keep your cat healthy and happy

Your cat will depend on you for their health and well-being. Here are some things you can do to keep your cat in good shape:

  • Take your cat to the vet for regular check-ups, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and flea/worm treatments.
  • Brush your cat’s fur regularly to prevent mats and hairballs.
  • Trim your cat’s nails every few weeks to prevent overgrowth and injury.
  • Clean your cat’s ears and eyes gently with a damp cloth or cotton ball.
  • Brush your cat’s teeth daily with a special toothbrush and toothpaste for cats.
  • Provide enrichment for your cat by playing with them, giving them new toys or puzzles, or creating a window perch or a catio for them to enjoy the outdoors safely.

Enjoy your new companion

Adopting a cat is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. You will have a loyal and loving friend who will enrich your life in many ways. Remember to respect your cat’s individuality and preferences, and treat them with kindness and care. You will soon discover the joys of sharing your home with a feline friend.

Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Cat from a Rescue

If you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, you might want to consider adopting a cat from a rescue. There are many benefits of adopting a rescue cat, both for you and the cat. Here are some of the top reasons why you should adopt a cat from a rescue.

1. You’ll save more than one life by adopting a cat

According to the ASPCA, 3.2 million cats can be found in shelters every year and of these, about 860,000 are euthanized annually1Adopting a cat not only helps one of these many animals looking for a home, but also opens a space for shelters and rescue groups to take in another cat2.


According to the latest research and data, Around 920,000 Shelter Animals are Euthanized each year including 390,000 Dogs and 530,000 Cats.


2. It makes good financial sense to adopt a cat

For a relatively low fee, you’ll take home a cat that is already spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and microchipped1Many shelters and rescues will also include extras in the adoption fee such as a cat collar, a bag of food or pet insurance3.

3. The personality of an adopted cat is known

Cats in many shelters interact with their caretakers and volunteers every day, and these people really get to know their personalities3. Particularly with adult cats, you can find a companion with the type of temperament you’re looking for. You could find a playful, active cat or a calmer feline who prefers cuddling and a quieter environment2.

4. It’s good for your mental health to adopt a cat

According to Research Gate, owning a cat, or any pet you adopt from a shelter, has been shown to have positive effects on humans’ ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness24Taking a cat home from a shelter can improve your sense of happiness and general well-being2.

5. Adopting a cat is great for your heart!

A recent study found that owning a cat may lead to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke2This is an important finding considering the AHA/ASA says, “Stroke is the number 3 cause of death in women and number 4 cause of death in men”2.

6. Cats improve children’s resistance to asthma

According to Clinical & Experimental Allergy, research has found that early exposure to a cat in the home can actually reduce infants’ sensitization to the allergens cats produce2As a result, kids have a reduced chance of developing allergic diseases2.

7. There’s a wide variety of cats to adopt

You can find any type of cat you want at a shelter, from kittens to seniors, short-haired to long-haired, all sizes and colors3In fact, if you’re looking for a specific breed, such as a Siamese, you can contact cat-specific rescue groups to find your new friend1.

8. A cat can make your other pets happy

If you have another cat, or a cat-friendly dog, bringing another cat home from a shelter can help reduce feelings of loneliness during the day when you’re out3Of course, you will want to ask the shelter to help you “cat test” your dog, and if you have a cat, expect a period of adjustment before the new and current cats feel comfortable together3.

9. You’ll set an example for others

By adopting a cat from a rescue, you’ll show your friends and family that you care about animals and their welfare5You’ll also encourage others to adopt pets from shelters and rescues instead of buying them from pet stores or online sellers that may support cruel puppy mills1.

10. You’ll experience unconditional love

One of the best reasons to adopt a cat from a rescue is the love they will give you in return5. A rescue cat knows that what you did for them is selfless and wonderful. They will appreciate your kindness and show it in their own ways. Whether it’s by purring on your lap, rubbing against your leg or greeting you at the door, they will make you feel loved every day2.

So what are you waiting for? Visit your local shelter or rescue today and find your purr-fect match!

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