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How to Address Concerns with Newly Adopted Cat Behavior and Properly Handle Them?


Dear VetBabble: Concerns about Newly Adopted Cats and How to Handle Them

Hi there! I recently adopted two six-month-old cats, and I witnessed a concerning incident tonight. Neither are spayed/neutered, but I’m booking appointments as soon as possible. I’d like some advice on what might be going on and how to handle it.

Understanding Your New Cats’ Behavior

Congratulations on adopting your new furry friends! It’s not uncommon for pet owners to experience some unexpected behavior, especially in a new environment. It’s important to remember that cats may need time to adjust to their new surroundings and might exhibit some stress behaviors. Additionally, your cats not being spayed or neutered may be contributing factors to the concerning incident you witnessed. We appreciate your proactive approach in booking appointments for this procedure, as it should help with the behavior issues in the long run. However, more details about the incident would be needed to advise you properly. In the meantime, let’s go through some common issues that arise with newly adopted cats and how to handle them.

Introducing Your New Cats to Your Home

When you introduce a new pet to your furry family, it’s essential to create a safe and loving environment. Cats are naturally curious creatures and will want to explore their new home. Set up an area just for your new cats, complete with a comfy bed, food and water dishes, a litter box, and toys. This designated space will help them feel more at ease in their new environment.

Once they are situated, it’s essential to keep an eye on their interactions with other pets or family members as they could be stressed, leading to unwanted behaviors. For more details on how to create the perfect environment for your new cat, take a look at our article on bringing home a new cat: tips to be prepared.

First Night Home: What to Expect

The first night home with a new kitten is an essential time to observe and understand your new pets’ behavior. They may be shy, nervous, or unsure about their new environment. Allow them time to explore their space while being available for cuddles or play if they seek you out. Be attentive to your new cats’ needs and ensure they have a consistent routine, such as feeding times and play sessions. If any issues arise, don’t hesitate to reach out for help, whether that be through our forum, an online consultation, or a phone call with an expert.

Special Cases: Caring for Orphaned Kittens

If you find yourself caring for orphaned kittens, it’s essential to know how to properly take care of them. Our article on how to take care of orphaned kittens outlines the necessary steps, such as feeding, grooming, and socialization, to ensure these young ones grow up to be happy and healthy cats. This information may also be beneficial if your recently adopted cats have had a rough start in life and need some extra care and attention.


Overall, with time, attention, and a bit of patience, your new cats should settle into their new home and become wonderful additions to your family. Remember that spaying/neutering your cats will help minimize potential behavior issues and contribute to their overall health. Should you have any further concerns or need more guidance, don’t hesitate to seek advice through our forum, online expert consultations, or phone calls. We’re here to help you and your new furry friends every step of the way!

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