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Bonding With Your New Cat

June is Adopt A Cat Month. Are you adopting a new kitty? Good for you! We are always thrilled to see cats finding their forever homes. Going to a new home is a big change for a kitty, so Fluffy will need time to settle in. Here, an Orangevale, CA vet offers tips on bonding with your new cat.

Offer Kitty Luxuries

Kitties love to be pampered, and they’re pretty good at getting us to spoil them. If you want to get started out on the right paw with your new pet, make your home as comfortable and appealing as possible for her. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to turn your home into a luxury palace for Fluffy. Set out lots of beds and comfy napping spots, and buy or make some kitty furniture. A scratching post, litterbox, a comfy window seat with a good view, and some pet-safe plants will complete your pet’s new palace.

Talk To Fluffy

Talking to your kitty can be very helpful as you are getting to know her. This will help your cat get used to the sound of your voice. Call your furry friend by name, especially if you are giving her a new one. Use a friendly, gentle tone. Even if Fluffy doesn’t talk back, she may respond in some way, such as flicking her tail.

Toys and Treats

Toys and treats are both very helpful in winning over your new kitty. Cats all have their own unique preferences, so try some different things, and see what your feline friend likes best. Catnip, of course, is also a good way to gain a furball’s trust.

Playtime!

Playing with Fluffy is another way to win her trust, and make her realize that she’s landed in a pretty good spot. It will also help your furry pal form positive associations with your presence. Use toys that you control, like laser pointers or wand toys.

Purr Activation

Let your feline pal come to you when she wants to be held or petted. Never force attention on a cat. Instead, sit on the floor, hold your hand out, and call your furry buddy. If she comes to you, try scratching her ears. That’s how you get that motor going!

Please contact us, your local Orangevale, CA vet clinic, with any questions about caring for your cat. We are here to help!

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