Congratulations SusanR! Well... when I got my cats, they were allocated one room to live in. This room had all their stuff in: scratch post, bed, food etc. But they weren't allowed anywhere else until after a few weeks, then we gradually introduced them to the rest of the house. I feel this helped them settle in more easily. But they were little nervous kittens; how old is your cat?
I will be getting him/her at "Waggin Tails"....its where cats that have been abandoned are taken in and cleaned up ,and loved, and given the necessary shots, and so forth. But, instead of buying them , you adopt the cats or other animals. I haven't gone yet, so I don't know what age or kind it will be....but I'm sure it will be just fine