For you, bringing a cat into your home — whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat — is an exciting time. There’s a new furry member in your family, and you can’t wait to bond with this latest addition. For your cat, however, it is a different experience. Your pet is being thrown into a completely different environment. It will instantly experience sensory overload. There are different people surrounding it, new smells throughout the entire space and new sights to see. It’s not surprising that it’s a stressful and even scary time for your pet, so it’s important that you do your best to help your cat transition.
Remember that this transition will be different for every cat and every family because the unique dynamic of your home and the individual personality traits of your new cat will have a significant impact on the process. If you or anyone in your home feels concerned during the transition process, it is important to reach out to your veterinarian. He or she can provide you with customized guidance based on the needs of your cat and of your family. The following slideshow details different ways to introduce your cat to your home as well as any additional family members.