Cats are territorial animals. They mark their territory, perform daily
patrols and know every nook and cranny in and about their home. Cats are
also creatures of habit and do not take very well to sudden change. They
find being moved from one house and neighborhood to another very stressful.
Different cats react in different ways to change, especially when other cats
are involved. Kittens are usually more adjustable and young kittens can
sometimes make themselves at home within hours. Older cats that are often
more set in their ways will take longer to adjust.
Getting the House Ready
Cats are very curious and will eventually investigate everything in their
new territory. This characteristic can get them into trouble, and it is up
to us to make the house as cat-safe as possible.
Here is some things to look for and get out of kitty’s way:
Some common household plants can be very toxic for cats. Some common plants
to beware of are poinsettia, ivy, lupine, azalea, and rhododendron.
Cords and Strings
These are irresistible toys for kittens, but they can be extremely
dangerous. Chewed electric cords can cause a deadly electric shock, while
swallowed strings or rubber bands may become entangled in the cat’s
intestines and cause severe internal damage.
Open doors and windows
Whether you plan to keep your cat as an indoors-only cat or allow her some
access to the outdoors, make sure kitty cannot get out unsupervised for at
least the first few weeks.