Thinking About Getting a New Cat?
Adding a new cat to your home can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also be stressful for you, your family, the new cat, and any resident cats you might have if your schedule and household cannot accommodate a new cat.

This questionnaire will help facilitate a discussion about whether you, your family, and your household are currently able to support a new cat, as well as identify any areas where changes could be made to accommodate a new cat and set up everyone for success.
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    1. Have you owned or lived with a cat before?
    2. Do you have the ability to confine the new cat in a quiet, comfortable room during the initial adjustment period?
    3. Do you have time in your daily schedule to provide attention, care, and training to a new cat?
    4. Are you able to cover the costs of veterinary care, food, supplies, and training, if needed, to a new cat?
    5. Are you willing to provide at least two litter boxes, but possibly more?
    6. Are you willing to place the litter boxes in separate areas of the home, including on each level of a multi-storied home?
    7. Are you willing to provide at least one vertical resting perch?
    8. Are you willing to provide a variety of appropriate scratching items?
    9. Are you willing to provide a variety of toys and safe opportunities for the cat to engage in natural hunting behaviors?
    10. Are you willing to provide at least one safe hiding spot?
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    1. Has your resident cat(s) lived with other cats before?
    2. Is your resident cat(s) currently exhibiting any behaviors that concern you?
    3. If you have a shy or timid cat, are you willing to not adopt an active or aggressive cat?
    4. If you have an elderly cat, are you willing to not adopt a highly energetic or rambunctious cat?
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    1. Do you have the ability to physically separate a new cat from resident cat(s) until proper introductions have been made?
    2. Do you have the time needed in your day for proper introductions to take place?
    3. Do you have the capability to invest at least the next several weeks or months to facilitate gradual introductions?
    4. Are you willing to accept that if introduction of the new cat doesn’t go well, you will need to keep the new cat permanently physically separated from the other cat(s)?
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    1. Are you willing to provide enough litter boxes as there are cats, plus one additional box, but possibly more?
    2. Are you willing to spread the litter boxes throughout the house, including each level of a multi-storied home?
    3. Are you willing to provide different litter substrates, if needed?
    4. Are you willing to provide multiple feeding stations and water bowls separate from food dishes throughout the home?
    5. Are you willing to provide multiple vertical resting perches throughout the home?
    6. Do you have enough space available for each cat to have its own core area located away from the other cat(s), if needed?
    7. Are you willing to provide a variety of appropriate scratching items for all the cats?
    8. Are you willing to provide a variety of toys and safe opportunities to engage in natural hunting behaviors for all the cats?
    9. Do you have enough hiding spots for each cat to have their own?
    10. Several weeks prior to adopting a new cat, can you plug in Feliway diffusers throughout the home?
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