Going Home, Staying Home
THINK ABOUT THIS
Your new cat may have been abandoned or surrendered by a previous family. The cat may have been abused. The cat or kitten had to adjust to the shelter and is now going home to a new, unfamiliar place with strangers. Its kind of scary if you think about it! But, Being gentle, considerate, kind and patient will help ease your friend into his new family.
Your cat may have been in a kennel for several weeks or months. He may be CRAZY HAPPY the first few days just because he's so happy to be out and about and around people. Make sure to provide plenty of exercise to help him wind down. Don’t give up.
Your cat might be afraid and unsure of his new surroundings. If he appears to be scared, keep him in a small, quiet area (such as a gated off laundry or bathroom) to start, and take it slow. Don't allow your children to bother the cat if he is afraid; fear can result in nipping or scratching. Instead, give your cat plenty of time to adjust to his new surroundings, taking it one step at a time. Don't give up.
Even a litter trained cat can make mistakes in a new home. He doesn't know which door to go to or how to ask his new owner for what he wants. Please be aware that change of food or nervousness can set off diarrhea.
THERE WILL BE BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Your cat had a whole other set of rules in his previous home. He may have been allowed to sleep in bed and beg at the table. IT'S UP TO YOU TO TEACH HIM YOUR RULES. Teaching proper behavior takes time and patience.
HOW LONG WILL ALL THIS TAKE?
Allow your cat or kitten several weeks to adapt to his new surroundings and up to 6 months to fully adjust (adults may take longer than kittens). Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. We assume that you will make a patient and concerted effort to achieve a successful forever home.
Did you know it is against the law to abandon an animal? The New York State Agriculture & Markets Law, Article 26, Section 355 states: "Abandonment of animals. A person being the owner or possessor, or having charge or custody of an animal, who abandons such animal, or leaves it to die in a street, road or public place, or who allows such animal, if it become disabled, to lie in a public street, road or public place more than three hours after he receives notice that it is left disabled, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both."