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Raising a shelter cat: get your fur nose used to a new home


With a shelter cat, a velvet paw moves into your home that has already experienced a lot. So that she can quickly get used to her new home, you can make it a little easier for her right from the start. Cute shelter cat: "May I come with you?" - Shutterstock / Andrei Ruchkin

When it says "A shelter cat is moving in!", Patience and calm are required from the start. A home cat may take a while to get used to its new family. So don't be too strict with her in the beginning and give her time and space. She will thank you later!

Get used to the shelter cat: The journey to a new home

Pick up the shelter cat in a cozy transport basket and maybe lure it with a few treats. If you are driving the cat, the tour should be as short as possible.

When you arrive at home in the future, you should first provide the animal family with only one room in which everything is available that the kitty needs: retreat, a basket, food, water and a suitable litter box. Open the door of the transport box and let the velvet paw explore its surroundings in peace.

Let the cat from the shelter explore new home

Animal shelter cats can react very differently: some are shy and don't dare to go out or hide immediately. Others go on a discovery tour right away and quickly feel at home in their new home. Just wait and see how long it takes the newcomer to get used to the new environment. As soon as you have the feeling that your shelter cat is comfortable or is even starting to explore other rooms, you can grant it access to the rest of your home.

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Consider the history of the shelter cat

Every shelter cat has a specific history. As a rule, the animal shelter staff can tell you what the house tiger has experienced before and what you should look out for. Do not be afraid to ask as many questions as possible - for example, whether the cat is used to free running or is a purely domestic cat.

If you have children, it makes sense to adopt a cat that has had good experiences with the mini-people - or at least not bad ones. Some animals have small handicaps due to injuries or illnesses and therefore need a little help in everyday life. There may also be certain fears known to the shelter cat that you should consider.

Raising a shelter cat: Gaining trust with games

The way to the heart of a cat is through common games. Don't push your shelter cat to anything. Just sit quietly in the room with her and swing a game rod. Gradually, the curiosity of your velvet paw will outweigh your shyness, and it will carefully approach the toy and start chasing after it. Gradually she becomes more trusting, gets used to your presence and combines it with pleasant experiences. And finally, you can observe how your cat is looking forward to the hours of play together and is already waiting for you at the usual time. This will happen relatively quickly for young cats, very anxious cats take a little longer.

The cat Oscar in the video lived outside as a stray for years and had to learn to play again. With a lot of patience and love, he regained trust in people:

Summary: Tips for acclimatizing a shelter cat

Finally, here is a small checklist of how to raise your shelter cat and get used to your new home as quickly as possible.

● Ask staff at the animal shelter about the cat
● Set up a cozy cat room with a feeding place, drinking water, sleeping place, retreat and litter box
● Relaxed drive from the animal home to the cozy cat basket with treats
● Time and patience: It is best to take time to get used to it
● Exude calm: Avoid loud noises, hectic movements and stress
● Playing with the cat
● Let the cat come towards you and do not force anything on it
● Routine and regulated daily routines help to get used to it
● Talk to your velvet-pawed roommate