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WE HAVE BARN/OFFICE CATS! If you own a farm or a business where rodents may be a problem, we have initiated a NEW adoption program for our less socialized cats. Currently we have a number of cats from a hoarding situation and we sometimes get in other cats that are less friendly and not suitable for a home adoption. However, these cats would be happy to live on your premises and help you decrease the rodent population. All they would ask is shelter, food and vet care if needed. (Cats hunt even if they aren't hungry as it is their instinct). If you are interested in one of our "working cats" please call the shelter at 973-748-0194 for more details.
Tips for Bringing a New Cat Home
Prepare a special room for your new cat. When your cat first comes home he or she will be understandably nervous. Keeping the cat in one room to start off with will make her feel safe and provide her with a quiet place to be while she becomes familiar with her new surroundings. The room should have a secure door and no places the cat can escape into, such as an opening in the wall or ceiling. The room should be cat-proofed by removing any plants or other items that might be toxic, and ensuring that all windows are secure so she can’t get out.
Provide the cat with a place to hide. Your new cat may want to hide at first when she first comes home. Providing a cardboard box or some other arrangement such as draping sheets or blankets over a chair where the cat could hide would be best. If there is a couch or bed the cat can get under, he or she might not come out much at all and it will be harder to develop a relationship with the cat.
Furnish the room with everything the cat needs. Food and water should be put on one side of the room and an open litter box on the other side. Some cats may not eat much during the first day or two. If you start to worry, try offering something extra tasty such as canned tuna or cat treats. In addition to the basics such as food and water, a brand new scratching post should be placed in the cat’s room, as well as some cat toys for entertainment.
Let your cat get to know you. It is best to visit your new cat often for short periods of time in the beginning. You can play with the cat if she is willing, or you can just sit quietly and read a book while the cat gets used to your presence. Speak softly and gently to the cat. Leave a piece of clothing you have worn in the room with the cat so she gets used to your scent.
Introduce the cat to the rest of the home. Once the cat seems to trust you, it is time to let him or her explore the rest of the house, which should be done while you are there to supervise. This should be done a little at a time, with most of the doors closed at first. Gradually allow the cat into new rooms as she becomes more confident. Keep the cat away from the basement or attic where there might be many places she could hide. Some cats are ready to look around the house after only a few days, while others may take longer.
Most of all, be patient. A cat adopted from a shelter will take some time to acclimate to a new, much larger, territory. Let her take her time to get to know her new surroundings, trust her new family, and feel comfortable. Each cat has a different personality, so some cats will take longer to acclimate than others.
For more detailed information about bringing home a new cat and how to introduce her to other cats in the family, please see this link.
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