If you have just adopted a cat, there are some things you need to do before you bring it home. Make sure you set up the following things in your home before carrying the cat through the front door. If everything is ready beforehand, it will be easier for the cat to adjust to the new living arrangements.
1. Designate the Cat's Space
Cats need their own space in your home, so designate an area where the cat will feel comfortable and also have the opportunity to be alone. Since they are territorial, it should be a space only for that cat where they can get away from other pets in your home. It doesn't have to be an entire room; just find a corner where you can set up all the cat's belongings, such as their bed, toys, and scratching post. When you bring the cat inside, introduce it to their space first before the rest of the home. You can also have a crate set up in this area where the cat will be able to find more comfort and privacy.
2. Prepare the Feeding and Litter Box Areas
If they will be different than the cat's main space in your home, you also need to set up the feeding and litter box areas. Cats don't want to eat where they use the bathroom, so you should not have food and water bowls right next to their litter box. This is a common mistake new pet owners make, but your cat won't be too happy with you. Choose an area of your home to keep the litter box, making sure it is accessible.
If you decide to put it in the garage, you will need to have someone opening the garage door to let your cat out often. This is why it is better to have it inside somewhere. The laundry room is a good place for it since it is not occupied often by other people. You can either put their food and water bowls in the kitchen or in their private space. If you have decided to put the litter box in their designated space, put the food and water bowls somewhere else.
3. Cat-Proof Your Home
It is also a good idea spending time cat-proofing your home. Cats will keep their nails trimmed by scratching on things, so if you don't provide them things to scratch on, it will be your furniture that they choose to scratch up. Have multiple scratching posts or cat trees in your home so they don't have to go far to scratch and trim their nails. You can also get some corrugated cardboard to place on the floor. To entice the cat to go to these scratching areas instead of your furniture, sprinkle some catnip on them. You can also try putting sticky tape on furniture to keep the cat from scratching it.
Also look around to see where the cat will likely be able to jump. They can jump pretty high, so keep this in mind. Remove anything that can be broken if it falls when a cat jumps high on a ledge or a bookshelf. Also check that all ductwork registers are covered up so the cat can't fit inside.
4. Find a Veterinarian
Also make sure you have a veterinarian before you bring the cat home and inform them you are getting a new cat. You don't want to wait until your new kitty needs its shots or has an emergency to try and scramble finding a veterinarian. You should already have one by the time the cat is brought home. Pilot Knob Animal Hospital is a local veterinarian business that also offers pet adoptions.