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Creating a Happy Home for a New Cat

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My youngest daughter is set on us getting another cat. We have two cats already, Princess and Misty, but Bridget thinks we need another friend for them. This time she says she wants a boy cat. She shared how she saw a cat at the pet store in the mall when she was shopping with Grandma and thinks that “Beans” should come home and live with us. I told her I’d think about it. I’d rather go to the SPCA to get a cat though and I’m not sure how well Princess and Misty would behave with a male cat. I think they’d be ok with another female, but not so sure how they would react to a male coming into the home.

The decision hasn’t been made…yet. I’m giving it some serious consideration. I love animals and would always welcome a new furry friend into family. I’m just not sure if NOW is the right time. There are things I would need to do to prepare my home for the new addition.

Creating a Happy Home for a New Cat

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I have a few tips to share today on behalf of Church & Dwight on how to create a happy home for your new kitten/cat. These are all items that I’ll need to do once we decide to adopt a new kitten or older cat.

1. Create a comfortable space. Building a sanctuary for your new pet will make him or her much more comfortable in a new, strange environment. Make sure to have an extra litter box, food, water, toys and a soft comfy bed or blanket to rest. Get these things ready BEFORE you bring your cat home.

2. Keep the litter clean. It’s very important that you regularly clean the litter box. It encourages your cat to continue to use it. Try  the new Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter in either Fresh Home or Multi-Cat. It is specially formulated with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for a 7 day odour free home. No other litter forms a tight seal around the the litter and destroys the smell. Princess and Misty love to watch me clean their litter box and promptly use it as soon as I’m done. Must be a cat thing!

3. Spend time with your new cat. Devote a few hours a day with your cat especially at the beginning so you can bond with him or her. You can do this by playing with them or just letting them sit with you and sleep.

4. Meeting the other pets. Let the new cat explore your home on its own without interference. It will get him or her used to the scents of the home and meet the other animals on his or her own terms.

If we do decide to get a new cat, I’ll be sure to share some pictures of our new addition! Do you have any tips on how to ease the transition?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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