If you do want to have an indoor/outdoor cat, wait at least four weeks before allowing your adult cat to go outside, to give it a chance to bond to your family. If your adult cat must go outside, bringing it inside at night does reduce the risks of being killed by predators. To train your cat to come in at night, set its one daily feeding time during its month indoors to be at the hour when you want it to come inside for the night, and continue to feed him (even just putting out new dry food) at that same time, calling him to come in for his dinner. You can reinforce its coming in with treats as well.
Meeting the Household
Let your new cat get to know and trust household members before it must adjust to the entire home—one thing at a time! Sometimes even the most friendly cats need a few days to feel safe in new environments.
If you have other pets, don't introduce the new pet immediately. We have more detailed blog articles on introducing your new cat or kitten to resident cats, but here are some quick tips:
Tempting though it may be, it can be a big mistake to rush this process. The slow approach is well worth the extra time, and you ensure your pets are all happy and comfortable in your home.
And congratulations on adopting a new cat or kitten!
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