Cats being mostly territorial and one of the curious pets are highly resistant to change. They can easily hide under your furniture and discover stuff which you never knew was there in your house, they can also climb your curtains/furniture and topple items which you would have thought to be out of reach for them. Hence, you are required to cat-proof your house before setting them in which includes- covering all electrical switches and wires, hiding all dangerous and small items like rubber band, paper clips, balls, etc. which can cause choking, cover open areas, fireplaces, removing all your valuable vases and statues, etc. Unlike dogs, cats do not prefer being tied up in a leash all day, one needs to identify a space for your cat. One can choose to set him up in a small space like an unused bathroom or a laundry room or a covered balcony.
The essentials set-up item list for cats is as indicated below:
A cat will be shy initially while settling to a new environment. Allow him to be familiar with their defined territory for at least a week. Set up a routine to feed him and to play with him in his cat-room; try to get his attention slowly using toys or offering treats and then making him explore the other areas of the house. Assess his behavior- a twitching tail, dilated pupils, and ears going back or sideways are bad signs of being social whereas a belly show is a sign of them being comfortable around you. Some cats take 3 days while others may take 3 weeks but one needs to be patient. If the cat still appears to be very nervous or stressed, speak to your vet and consult.
Some of the settling behaviors also include hiding, not interacting, not eating, diarrhea, scratching, spraying which are basically early signs of stress. But all these are temporary which will go off with time. If there are other pets in the house, introduce them gradually. The mixing up of pets within a house will depend on each pet’s individual behavior. Supervise all pets carefully during the initial days till cool off period and when required, confine them in separate areas to avoid any tussle.
Indoor cats do not get enough exercise, which is in contrast to stray cats who remain outdoors doing climbing and hunting. Because of this, most of the pet cats are at an unwanted risk of gaining weight. Hence, to ensure that the cat remains healthy and active, the owner might need to take out some time to play with him and involve him in pouncing, running, and chasing. Additionally, one needs to have a portion control of their food after consulting with a vet on observing early symptoms of obesity.