Transitioning an Outdoor Cat to an Indoor One

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This is most common when you adopt a stray cat. You want the furball all to yourself and keep it happy. Remember both you and the cat must be happy. It is essential to look at everything from the car's perspective. For example, the stray you have adopted is used to scratching trees to mark its territory. Since you do not want the cat to scratch the furniture, it is important that you buy a scratching post for the cat. You must give her all it could need but must exclude the bad things it brings around. This is why a trip to a veterinarian is essential.

Taking the cat to the vet

The veterinarian will check the cat for parasite control. This is compulsory and the animal must be given an effective anti-flea product. The cat must be wormed. If it is a stray cat, get the feline tested for FIV and FeLV to make sure the animal does not pose any risk to others. Vaccination is compulsory. Even an indoor cat need full protection as this virus could be extremely tough. It could also enter the home via your footwear. Do not make the assumption your new cat has immunity against feline distemper only due to the reason for it living rough.

Acclimatizing to a new place

You may have to make a few minor adjustments to the house as well. The apartment or home must be built cat-proof. The windows and fly screens should be in excellent order, and the cat cannot escape. If you have a balcony, close it so that the cat does not fall, Make a cat patio so that your kitty could enjoy the fresh air. After you bring the outside at home, the animal may feel odd at the new sounds, smells, and sights. The environment could be an overwhelming one for the kitty. Limit the cat to a single room to make the animal adjust to its new surroundings. This room will later become its sanctuary to where it will always come back after a long, hard day of playing and sleeping.

The room must have everything a cat could possibly need. Keep a number of cardboard boxes in the room to provide it plenty of hiding spaces. There must also be a comfortable bed, water, and food.  Toys and a litter-box must be present. The cat should be in its room for a few days until it does not hide when the door opens. Keep the door unlocked when it grows more confident. It will squeeze past the open door and explore the house when it is quiet. Allow the kitty to discover things in its own pace. Make a cat tree so that the cat enjoys a commanding view of the indoor environment.

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