If you’ve just brought home your new cat, there are now millions of things for them to explore – from your furniture to your friends. Taking the steps to properly socialize them to their new home helps them have a stress-free experience. Common experiences like trips to the veterinarian, leaving them with a pet sitter, and introducing new members to the family will go much more smoothly if you take the time to properly socialize your cat. Here are a few ways to do just that.
To prepare your cat for socialization, follow these quick tips:
The more you can safely and appropriately expose your cat to early in their life, the better adjusted — and happier — they will be. Don’t do too much at once. Go slowly and provide lots of petting, cuddles, play, and treats. Introduce them to:
Cats can be easily startled by new noises. Try introducing these common noises in a gradual and controlled way — at lower volumes and farther distances with lots of positive reinforcement and treats in an environment where they feel safe. This way, your cat won’t be as stressed by them in their daily life.
Once your cat’s all about your home, keep introducing them to new things. After all, socialization is a lifelong adventure.