Originally Posted by Pistolen08
How should I acclimate him with his new surroundings? Should I place him into my
gradually introduce him to the rest of the house, or should I just let him run wild?
When first intro-ing animals to new things, it is too easy to overwhelm them with too much, so in this
case, the-smaller-the-better. You can even keep the food/water/litterbox in the same room at first. It
is not so critical to keep it all very far apart when you are helping a kitty (any animal) to get used to new
surroundings. As the kitty becomes confident in the smaller area and indicates that he is ready to explore
more things, then you can allow him out to check-things-out. I think it works best if you accompany him,
walk with him, petting him, talking to him and reassuring him that everything is okay. If he walks around
with his tail up and looking curious, that is GREAT. If he is sort of slinking and looking very cautious, he
may not be quite ready enough to explore and you should stick close with him and try to help him get back
to his "safe room" if anything startles him and/or if you think he is getting too frightened. If he is very un-
comfortable, he will slink with belly low to the floor, dart his eyes/ears around, maybe bob his head up/down
as he checks things out and he will carry is tail very low to the floor. If he tucks his tail, that is a sign he is
feeling very insecure and I'd help him get back to the safe room right away. Be very careful of picking him
up if he is this frightened because he could hurt you out of fear and/or a fear of being restrained while he is
After the kitty has become accustomed to the home and people you can put another litterbox in the laundry
room and when he is using that box well, remove the one in the bathroom. Or, you could leave it there or in
your bedroom for nights he is closed in to sleep with you or when company comes over and you need him to
remain safely contained.
Your idea of the treats is a fabulous one and I even use that trick when taming/socializing. I have great
success with it and I am sure you will, too. Please keep us updated about how he does. I would love to
hear how things are going for you both.