A Warm Welcome: 5 Ways To Welcome Your Cat to a New Home/Space

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Our cat has a pretty amazing life, and we made a commitment to keep it that way for her. Whether you're bringing home a new cat, moving to a new home, or renovating a home nearly unrecognizably (or not) here are 5 tips to make your cat feel welcome in the home home or space. #ad #TidyTreatment

It’s safe to say that our cat, Juniper, has it pretty good.

In our New England home, there’s no shortage of places to curl up for a cat nap or a cuddle. We have a pellet stove that warms the immediate area around us. In our basement/playroom, there’s a cat (and kid) wonderland, full of bed-sized bean bag chairs, tunnels, pillows, and warm sunbeams to curl up in. We have cushy couches, fun bunk beds, cozy desk chairs, and lots of feet to wrap around for a snooze. I’ve found her upside down and all around. I love to see she’s never too far away.

The thing is, though, that it’s been full of changes lately. We had a 5+ month renovation project that has caused me to switch offices.. twice. And my office is usually Junie’s favorite place to hang out! We’ve switched bedrooms twice, and have played musical bedrooms just to get the kids and the house guests comfy during the changes. What we’re looking at next is a brand new space and place. It’s like a new home. When you bring a kitten or cat home, the home is new to them. We’ve done that within the last year or so, AND, we’re essentially moving into a new home right now with all the changes.

Juniper has a pretty amazing life – full of comfort, snuggles, treats, and relaxation, and we made a commitment to keep it that way for her. It’s like a spa for cats and we like it that way! Whether you’re bringing home a new cat, moving to a new home, or renovating a home nearly unrecognizably (or not) here are 5 ways to welcome your cat to a new home or space:

1 – Start slowly. Our vet said that a new cat could need 7-14 days to relax into a new home or space. So save your meet and greets with excited friends, neighbors, loved ones, DOGS, etc. until the cat seems to have settled in.

2 – Offer her a safe place to hide. I know Juniper spent quite a few days observing us from under a futon! Even now when she gets overwhelmed, she picks a dark and small place and watches us. Cats need to feel they have their space.

3 – It goes without saying, but put cat care at the front of your mind. Of course bring your kitten or cat to your own vet and ask questions. Describe your home or your renovations and how you can make the transition easier for your cat. With food, provide the same food your kitten or cat already had and then make the switch over time, by mixing them together and changing the ratios. Make sure you cat-proof your new home (or the cat’s new home or the new space) before giving them the run of the house. Harsh cleaning products can be dangerous, as well as medications and even some house plants.

Lock away breakables too! Kittens especially like to knock things over!

Our cat has a pretty amazing life, and we made a commitment to keep it that way for her. Whether you're bringing home a new cat, moving to a new home, or renovating a home nearly unrecognizably (or not) here are 5 tips to make your cat feel welcome in the home home or space. #ad #TidyTreatment

4 – Give your cat enough entertainment indoors, so that he or she won’t want to get outdoors, especially in a new space. For us, this means comfy places to sit near windows or on window sills. Overlooking adventure? A bonus. Also, provide sturdy scratching posts or toys. This is especially important in a new space – whether the space is new to you, your cat, or both!

5 – Litter and litter boxes. Don’t fear them. They’re awesome and helpful when you put effort into it. First, set up your litter box in a quiet place – AWAY from fellow family members, especially humans and dogs. If you have more than one cat, maybe consider more than one litter box? We go to PetSmart for our cat needs! I’m a fan of one-stop shopping.

Also, Athena loves to come with me and be really cute and photogenic!

Our cat has a pretty amazing life, and we made a commitment to keep it that way for her. Whether you're bringing home a new cat, moving to a new home, or renovating a home nearly unrecognizably (or not) here are 5 tips to make your cat feel welcome in the home home or space. #ad #TidyTreatment

When you go to PetSmart, you can bring your pets! Therefore, they’re really happy too. I’m not saying Athena helped me pick out my TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter, but she did lead me in the right direction! At PetSmart, you’ll find a HUGE variety of premium quality Purina pet products at amazing prices. That’s why we had to try Tidy Cats Free and Clean! This is a NEW dye and fragrance free litter option that does more than mask pesky odors.

It works to destroy them thanks to the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal.

We make a fun day out of going to PetSmart for all of our pets’ needs. As a dog and cat owner, we always look for food, treats, litter, and extras – like beds and scratching posts. All Tidy Cats products are sold there too, and I’m always impressed at the variety. Going to PetSmart is an adventure! The staff is awesome. There’s an on-site grooming salon. There’s Banfield veterinarian services, obedience training courses, and fun extras. All needs covered under one roof!

AND, for a limited time if you buy one (1) 35-lb. TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter at PetSmart, you get one (1) $5.00 code for Spa Session (one transaction, 1/8 through 4/8/18). You can send a photo of your PetSmart TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ purchase receipt to 30364 with the code “GIFT” in the message portion, between January 8th, 2018 and April 8, 2018, and you’ll receive a special $5 Spa Session gift card! For more information, check it out here.

So much to love. So remember: PetSmart rocks. They carry all Tidy Cats products, and whether it’s scoop, non-clumping, Lightweight or alternative, they’ve got you covered for more bonding time with your kitty! Lastly, don’t forget that promotion!

Now, how do you welcome your cat to a new space?

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

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A Warm Welcome: 5 Ways To Welcome Your Cat to a New Home/Space — 6 Comments

  1. Besides getting a puppy, the plan is to get a kitten soon afterwards. My first cat was very slow to adapt to a new space, but not as long as your vet said. As for meeting other people, she never adapted to that 🙂

  2. Aw, Jupiter is still such a cutie. And love your tips on how to welcome a cat into your home. You know if I ever do cave and add a cat to my craziness here, I will definitely keep your advice in mind and be picking your brain more still 🙂

  3. Especially if you have kids or a dog having high spaces a cat can scale and ‘review’ their environment in will go a long way to helping a new kitty to adjust. These are all FAB tips! #client

  4. Aww, your kitty is super cute. I know you and Juniper have an interesting relationship, but that face is pretty endearing, and I know your kitty has a lovely home!

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