CAT 101

Behaviour

Learning to cat

We often get questions about cat behaviour and habits, and what to expect when bringing home a rescue cat for the first time.

Below are informational pamphlets to help you along.

  1. Bringing home your rescue cat <link>. You are doing an amazing thing by giving a good home to a rescued animal. However, they may need more time and patience to adjust than other cats. This pamphlet is a primer on life with your new rescue.
  2. Introducing your new cat to your resident cat, dog or other pets <link>. Go slow! Having a slow and patient introduction (1-2 weeks) will give you and your new cat(s) the best chance of long-term success and avoid behaviour linked to territorial aggression.
  3. Litter box tips and tricks. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat, and to scoop daily. If you notice new or usual litter box behaviour, watch for signs that your cat may have a medical issue and might need a visit to the vet.
  4. How to train kitty not to scratch the furniture <link>. Scratching is a normal, natural and healthy behaviour that should be encouraged – just not on your couch. This behaviour can be redirected with the right tools and training.
  5. How to reduce negative behaviour <link>: Is your cat acting out at you, other pets, or just getting into trouble around the house? The good news is that most behaviours can be mitigated with some changes to your interactions and the home environment.
  6. Babies, children and cats <link>: Expecting a baby? Don’t fret, you don’t need to give up your cat! With proper preparation, you can plan for a safe and harmonious home for both cat and baby.