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Be Prepared

If you know you want to adopt a cat, make sure you have all the supplies needed for your cat to feel at home before you adopt. This will include basics such as a cat carrier, litter box, litter, food and water bowls, cat food, toys, etc. If you already have a cat and are bringing another one into your home, make sure to have separate items for the new pet. Cats can become very territorial about their belongings and you could cause unneeded competition or fighting between your pets if you try to force them to share immediately.

Cat Proof Your Home

From poisonous plants to exposed cords, there are many hazards that can be harmful to your new pet. Before you adopt, make sure you cat-proof your home. Get rid of hazardous plants, pack away fragile items that could easily be knocked over by a curious cat, haves screens in doors and windows so your cat can’t get out and hide cords that could be chewed on by your pet. 

Create a Safe Space

When you are introducing a new cat into your home, start small. If you just let the cat loose from the start, your home may seem a little too overwhelming for your furry friend. For the first few days, create a smaller space for your pet to live in such as a laundry room or spare bathroom. Make sure to furnish this room with what your cat will need such as a litter box, food, water and toys. As they become accustomed to this space, slowly begin to introduce other spaces to them.

Identify Your Cat

When adopting a cat it is important to make sure they are identified. Especially when they first arrive to a new home, they may be scared and wanting to run away. When a pet is adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, it is already microchipped. However, if your cat is not microchipped, you should stop in and get this quick and easy thing done as soon as possible. The whole process only takes a few minutes and no appointment is needed. It is one of the best ways to ensure that if your pet gets lost, it is returned safely to you. In addition, make sure to have a collar and identification tag on your cat.

Introduce New Cats Slowly

If you already have a dog or cat, introduce your new cat to them slowly. First step would be to let your new pet interact with your old pet slowly. Let them sniff noses, touch each other, but no full-body contact. When you are not home, you should continue to keep your pets isolated from each other. Once everyone is comfortable with this step, open up the isolation room to your pets. Don’t make a big deal out of it, but just let them happen upon each other. Watch from the sidelines to see how they interact. Your older pets may follow around the new ones, which is a typical territorial behavior. With time, hostilities will lessen and cats will start to get along. Just be patient and continue to work with them. If a full cat fight occurs, go back to step one and extend this process for a little longer. The slower your transition, the easier it will be for everyone involved.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 112 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org

 

 

Precious

Precious
Precious

Age: 6-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
If you are looking for a cat who loves to cuddle, look no further! This amazing lady loves people and would be so happy to find a forever home! Could it be with you?

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Thumper

Thumper
Thumper

Age: 4 1/2 years old
Type: Dwarf/American
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
Thumper is an adorable little guy that came to our shelter along with many other bunnies after their owner passed away. He's neutered and is quite a tidy fellow with his litter box habits. He's currently in foster care and his foster tells us he's very social, likes to cuddle and really enjoys the times he gets to run and play. His diet consists of timothy hay, pellets and fresh greens daily. His favorite treat? A slice of banana will excite him enough to do a happy dance. Would you like to meet Thumper and see if he's the bunny for you or your family? Please submit a small animal adoption application and let us schedule a time for you to meet him at our shelter. We're certain he'll steal your heart.

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Dobby

Dobby
Dobby

Age: 3-years-old
Type: Treeing Walker Coonhound mix
Sex: Male

What Makes Them Special?
This gorgeous boy is Dobby! He came all the way from a shelter in Kentucky to find his forever home! You may hear him barking in the kennels but it is only because he wants to come out and see you! Once you get to spend some time with him you will see that he is a calm, gentle, sweet boy who just wants attention. He will gently put his head in your lap and look up at you for snuggles. He loves being pet and being close to you and will make a loyal companion. He's got enough energy to go on a nice walk or hike but also calm enough to cuddle up with you and relax. He has started training here and will receive two free training classes with his adoption so that his new family can see everything he has learned and continue that in the home. He may need to meet any potential "dog siblings" before going home with them. If you think Dobby would be the perfect fit for your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with him

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Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla

Age: 4-years-old
Type: Hound/Shepherd mix
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
This sweetheart is Sarsaparilla (a.k.a."Sassy"). She came all the way from a Kentucky shelter to find her forever home! She is a very sweet girl who would make a great addition to any home! She is peppy enough to spend time playing or go on a nice long walk, but calm enough to hang out and relax at home. She is very sweet and pretty calm so would make a great companion to someone looking for an amazing girl to add to their heart and home! She goes to training through the S.T.A.R.T. training program so will receive two free classes with her adoption to maintain and continue training. She has gone to our pet therapy program (where we visit nursing homes and allow them to interact with the dogs), and our book buddies program (where we take dogs to elementary schools to let them read to and interact with the dogs) and she has done very well in those situations! She LOVES snuggling close to you, getting belly rubs, and giving you lots of kisses. Sassy will need to be the only pet in the home as she doesn't get along well with cats or most other dogs. If you think Sarsaparilla would be the perfect addition to your home, come on in, fill out an application, and spend some time with her!

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Charity

Charity
Charity

Age: 1-year-old
Type: Domestic Shorthair
Sex: Female

What Makes Them Special?
Charity is a lovable and sweet lady who just wants to spend her days curled up and loving on her new owners! Could it be with you?

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