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Looking to adopt a cat?

Whether you choose to adopt an adult cat or a kitten, it’s a very personal decision that requires careful research and consideration of the type of home you will be able to provide. The advice and information below can help you make the right decision and find the perfect companion. 

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Preparing for a cat

When you bring your cat or kitten home for the first time, it's a huge change for both of you. You can make the process much easier by making a few simple preparations ahead of the big day.

  • Get all the cat essentials
  • Cat-proof your home and yard
  • Find a local veterinarian
  • Choose a nutritionally complete cat food
  • Make sure everyone in the home is prepared

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FAQs: Bringing a cat home

Make sure you’ve cat-proofed your home and set up the room your cat will be living in. You’ll also need a cat carrier for the journey. And it’s best to find a vet in advance so you can book a check-up for your cat a few days after they come home with you.

It's ideal to bring home your cat when you have a couple of quiet days to spend at home with them and no visitors scheduled. Aim to bring them home in the morning so they have time to get used to your home before night time.

Ask what your cat’s been eating and find out about their feeding routine and litter box arrangements. Check if they’ve seen a vet and had any vaccinations or worming treatments, and whether or not they have an ID chip. Also ask about their favorite toys.

If possible, leave some toys and a blanket with your cat for a few days before bringing them home so the familiar smell is comforting for them on the journey and when you get home.

If you’re in a car, keep things calm and drive slowly to prevent startling your cat. Either fasten the cat carrier in with a seat belt so it doesn’t slide around or have another passenger hold it steady.

To help your cat feel secure, drape a light blanket over the cat carrier and put any toys or blankets that smell familiar in the box. It’s safest to leave them in the carrier during the journey, but you can help them stay calm by speaking soothingly.

If you’re driving, it’s essential to take a cat carrier as it’s dangerous to carry a cat loose in a car and they may escape your arms if you’re walking or on public transport.

Choose one that will accommodate your cat and add a blanket for comfort. A darkened carrier will help your cat feel protected. And remember to take some paper towels and a replacement blanket in case of accidents during the journey. Keep the carrier close to you during this journey to comfort your cat.

Feeding your cat

A cat's diet plays a key role in their physical and social development. The right mix of nutrients in their food will help development and lay the foundations for a healthy life.

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Bringing home your cat 

Bringing home and the first few weeks of owning a cat, although exciting, can be challenging. By having the right tools and knowledge, you can make sure that this first experience with your new arrival is a positive one, for them and for you. 

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The basics of cat grooming

Ensuring your cat is used to being handled from the beginning will make grooming easier for the rest of their life. Each cat breed has unique grooming needs, and understanding that is key to maintaining your cat's healthy coat.

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Cat socialization and play

Socialization should start as early as possible, to avoid any unwanted behaviors. Find out how you can socialize your cat.

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Find the right food for your cat

Each formula has been created to deliver nutrition tailored to your cat’s health needs whatever their breed, age or lifestyle.

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