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Bringing Your Shelter Cat Home

April 15, 2023

April 30th is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! We’re always thrilled to see shelter kitties getting adopted! (It usually doesn’t take Fluffy long to have her new owners wrapped around her paws, but that’s another topic.) Of course, going to a new home is a big deal to Fluffy. It’s important to get things started out on the right paw with your new feline friend. An Omaha, NE vet offers some tips on this below.


You’ll want to go shopping before picking Fluffy up. Your feline pal will need at least one comfy bed, though she won’t object to having a few to choose from. Toys are also important. Kitties all have their own tastes here, so get a few different things and see what your new buddy prefers. Your list should also include food, dishes, treats, catnip (or catnip toys), and a crate or carrier. A litterbox and litter are also necessary. 


Fluffy’s capacity for getting into mischief is nothing short of legendary. Many typical household items are dangerous to your feline buddy. That list includes things like chemical cleaning agents, lawn and garden products, medicine, wires and cords, small or sharp objects, and anything ropy or stringy. You’ll also need to make sure that you don’t have any toxic plants. (Tip: check the ASPCA site here.) 

Settling In 

If you have a large house and/or other pets, start your furball out in a quiet room, such as a bathroom, laundry room, or spare room. You want to give Fluffy a safe place to relax, recuperate, and just get used to the sights, sounds, and smells of her new kingdom. 

Purr Activation 

You’ll naturally want to hang out with your furry friend. Quiet quality time is actually very important for bonding. Just don’t force attention on Fluffy. That may have the opposite effect than the desired one, as you may end up scaring her and making her wary of you. Let her come to you!

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is make Fluffy an appointment. You’ll want to get a thorough evaluation of her overall health. This is a great time to get some professional advice on your kitty’s specific care needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice!

Do you have a question about cat care? Contact us, your Omaha, NE animal clinic, today!