What to expect in the first few weeks
When you bring your new cat home they may not behave like their usual selves. Change is a daunting experience for many cats and every individual reacts differently when introduced to a new home. Some cats are confident and adapt quickly to their new surroundings, others may be fearful and hide. This is not unusual and should not cause undue concern. Your cat may also be uninterested in their food or water and experience toileting issues.
It is important to understand that all these behaviours are common in the first few weeks so do not panic!
If you are concerned that your cat is not settling in, you are welcome to speak to a member of the cattery team.
Understanding your cat
Some cats will love to spend hours on your lap being stroked, while others prefer only the briefest of chin tickles before they’re off. What’s important is to respect your cat’s preferences to encourage a long-lasting bond.
While many friendly cats will greatly benefit from interacting with people, some may become over-stimulated during petting, or find some forms of touch unpleasant or overwhelming. This can lead to your cat behaving aggressively (e.g. swiping or biting) to get you to stop.
Your cat should ideally be the one who initiates contact: always let them make the first move. Gently offer your hand to your cat and see if they choose to rub against it. If they don’t rub against you, they might not want to be touched.
Your cat should always be able to easily move away from you during interactions, and should not be restrained or picked up as this can be stressful and might cause aggressive behaviour. Many cats do not enjoy being picked up as it makes them feel less in control.