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How to Introduce a Cat to a New Home

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Brian Bourquin, DVM

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This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM and by wikiHow staff writer, Danielle Blinka, MA, MPA. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with three locations, South End/Bay Village, the Seaport, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. This article has been viewed 47,471 times.

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To introduce a cat to a new home, start by keeping it sectioned off in a small room for 1-2 days so it’s not overwhelmed. Then, after a day or 2, let your cat out to explore its new home. Try to put out items that are familiar to your cat, like toys, blankets, or furniture, to make it more comfortable. Also, use the same feeding schedule as you used in your old home, which will make the transition easier for your cat. If you can, hold off on inviting people over to your new home for the first few days so your cat has time to adjust. To learn how to travel long distance with a cat, keep reading!

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