How to Coexist with a Cat

Wanting to adopt a cat or kitten? Of course. Who wouldn't? Cat's are great company for any solitary soul, what with their calm nature and stubborn independence. In many ways, taking care of a cat is similar to caring for a dog; They need to play with you, be loved by you and feel safe in the environment you create for them. Here's some things to keep in mind when planning an adoption.


  1. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 1
    Make some room! If your house is overly cluttered, you're likely to make your new cat feel uncomfortable or nervous. It's important that your cat be able to jump on furniture and high surfaces without getting lost in the mess. Your cat is a part of the family now, so do your best to give him/her a proper welcome.
  2. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 2
    Have the amenities ready. The best way to introduce a new cat into your home is to have a litter box (assuming he/she will be an indoor cat) set up and ready for use before the cat is brought inside. This will let him/her know that there is a space that's automatically theirs. They will most likely investigate the box soon after entering the home. If they don't find it on their own, show them!
  3. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 3
    Outlets. Your new cat will need to be able to exercise and exert their energy in healthy ways. Purchase some scratching posts and toys from your local pet store as soon as possible, even if you adopt a more mature cat. Your cat will thank you, young or old. The posts will naturally file your cat's nails and the toys will help them exert their nerves while they adjust to their new home.
  4. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 4
    Don't get crazy with meal planning. When I first adopted my cat, all I wanted to do was feed her whatever I thought she would like. But too much variety can be a bad thing. If your cat starts throwing up, you might be changing her food too much or over-feeding him/her. Most cats will prefer canned food over dry food, but too much canned food weakens their teeth and can be too rich for their tummy. A healthy balance is key.
  5. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 5
    Turn it down! Cats don't like loud noises, so if you're used to blasting music or you parent several screaming children, adopting a cat might not be right for you. If there's a lot of nervous energy in the house, your cat will pick up on it.
  6. Image titled Coexist with a Cat Step 6
    Daytime playtime. If you let your cat sleep all day, you won't get much sleep during the night. You have to set aside some playtime during the day to play with your cat to thoroughly wear him/her out. Some cats will meow through the night, some will play loudly with their toys right when your eyes begin to close and some will even bang the lower cupboards in the bathroom or kitchen open and shut until they're sure your awake.


  • Catnip can be useful in getting your cat into a playful mood.
  • 'Shake' toys will be more interesting to them than plush toys.
  • Have a bed ready for them upon their arrival so they know exactly where they can get comfortable. Your cat will nap more than he/she will be awake most likely.
  • Have a designated spot for their food and water. Keep the water clean and filled; Cats dehydrate easily.
  • Approaching them slowly and calmly is the best way to establish trust.


  • Do not over-handle your cat! They don't like to be squeezed, constantly picked up or chased.
  • If you adopt a cat who was abused by their previous owners, you might need to take some extra time to build trust with him/her. Most of the time, they will adjust just fine. Be patient and understanding; Your cat is worth it.
  • If you have a dog or another pet that doesn't get along with your cat and the situation becomes violent, separate them for a while. Reintroduce them through a child's gate or through a cracked door. Most times, they come around and can co-exist peacefully.

Article Info

Categories: Getting a Cat