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A week ago Jeremy, Gabe, and I went shopping to pick up a few things for the wedding; he and his groomsmen still had nothing to wear. Jeremy parked on the deserted side of the mall, only to realize it was deserted for a reason; the doors were locked. I told Jeremy that Gabe and I would walk around the building if he wanted to move the car. Gabe and started to hear this pitiful and very woeful cry. I thought for sure there was a cat stuck in the tree. When we walked past the bushes a black, tan, and white ball of fur rolled out to our feet. It was an older kitten, that definitely wasn’t feral. She meowed and laid at our feet. I didn’t have heart to just leave her; it had been snowing and she was stranded in a busy mall parking lot next to a main road. Jeremy and I decided we would take her home, and try to find a family for her.
I wasn’t sure how she would react to everyone in our household. We have a 3.5 year old French Bulldog, along with tabby cats Tucker and Leo. The boys never batted an eye, and she wasn’t afraid of the dog. She always used the litter box.
She was a very striking calico. Her fur had a line that almost perfectly divided her face. She was sweet and laid back. Despite numerous inquires from friends, everyone decided that her home was here. For now we call her Penny, named for the store we found her in front of. But we might look at Pet Pads list of famous cat names for some further inspiration!
It isn’t always easy to transition a new pet into a home. We have an usual family dynamic. I have a 6 year old son that can be quite rambunctious at times. Our French Bulldog can be quiet the “bull in a China shop”. Our two older male cats had a much harder time adjusting to each other than I originally thought, but now they’re BFF’s.
Adding a new cat can take patience and understanding; the new cat is faced with being placed in a strange environment and old cat has someone new in their turf.
Here are a few tips for adding a new cat:
- Allow each cat to have their space for the first few days. Try to spend one on one time with each cat separately. This will help reassure them that everything will be okay.
- When you do introduce them to each other, do it gradually. Give them ample space to get to know each other, or hide if necessary.
- Keep food and water dishes separate. This makes “moving in” less stressful because they don’t feel like they’re competing with the other for food.
- Add multiple litter boxes and keep them clean. You might get away with cleaning a litter box every day or two with a single cat, but that is rarely the case with multiples. You’ll help keep your house smelling better and decrease the risk of accidents in unwanted places in your home. I highly recommend Fresh Step® Multi-Cat with Febreze™.
- Try to relax and enjoy your new pet. Pets can sense stress. If you’re overly stressed over adding a new cat, they might sense it and act out.
I purchased Fresh Step® with Febreze™ at our local Petsmart when I was picking up other supplies. The addition of Febreze™ really helps with odor control, while Fresh Step® has de-dusting agents to help reduce dust. I definitely can’t smell their litter box, and that helps immensely when the upstairs box is next to our front door. I’ve found that it clumps good, and that definitely helps with litter box clean up.
Are you looking to add a new cat or maybe you are getting a cat for the first time? Make sure you check out the new line of Fresh Step® with Febreeze™. Check out the Fresh Step social channels to stay up-to-date on their latest offers and product availability on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Make sure you come back in the new few days and read about the addition of our new Rottweiler puppy, Kitty!