|ACCLIMATING YOUR NEW CAT!
A shy or skittish cat needs to be acclimated in a bathroom or small room
for 2-4 weeks! The following advice is for
Any cat will be scared moving into a new, strange home. A shy cat is
terrified and needs understanding. Their new home will be huge with
unfamiliar surroundings and people. The most common mistake people make
when bringing a new pet home is letting them immediately roam free in
this new place. They are going to hide for a long, long time and bonding
will never take place.
To avoid a disaster and to be successful in your introduction, please
read the following.
DIRECTIONS FOR A HAPPY PET AND HAPPY FAMILY!
The most successful introductions are starting your new cat in a small
room. Bathrooms are the best choice and are highly recommended because
people are always going in and out and it is very small with little or
no hiding places. Provide a litter box, food, water, toys and bedding.
Come in often and quietly, sitting on the floor talking to them and
If you have small children, please explain to them:
- to be careful,
- not to pull on them or try to pick them up,
- donít make sudden moves,
- let the cat come to them
- and close the door tightly each time they come in or go out.
At the recommended time or when you feel they are no longer scared, let
them out during a quiet time of day. Talk to them in a soft voice and
follow them around little bit, but then give them time to explore on
their own. Be careful, because a loud or scary incident at this time
could send them into hiding. Check on them every few minutes. Make sure
to show them where their new litter box location is. Also show them
where their food and water will be.