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I've been given a female cat. She is about 9 months old. We will be the third owners for the cat. I am just wandering how long will it take her to settle in.
As long as she wasn't abused by her former owners, she will adapt within a few weeks in a loving home. Maybe you can find out what her routine was before she came to you.
Provide a small area to call his own at first like a bathroom or laundry room. Be sure it has food, water, a litter box and a place for you to sit while you spend time with your new kitty.
It depends on her personality to a great extent. It is worrisome that at such a young age she already has had 3 owners, because cats don't like change very much, and this can make them skittish. What they most hate is being taken out of once-familiar surroundings.
IN general, I really like what Jackson Galaxy hsa to say about cat care, and this paragraph is a good approach to making your cat feel at home: 'One of the most important concepts to embrace when bringing a new family member home is the creation of what I call "basecamp," which is a surefire way of establishing their sense of territorial ownership and confidence a.k.a Cat Mojo. Simply designate one room as theirs which is to say, fill it with their new belongings: water and food dishes, litter boxes, cat towers, beds and toys. Make sure youre filling that space with "scent-soakers," which are literally things they can claim ownership of by getting their scent into. Dont forget to also include things that carry your scent signature so they can feel the security of co-ownership. Take those first few days (or even weeks) slowly. Allow them to plant their flag in basecamp with confidence before you stretch their boundaries." http://magazine -tips-first-time
Usually not long, but that depends on the cat. Some cats are more of a people cat and others prefer to be left alone. By the way, you may think you own the cat.....but, they cat owns you, at least that is what the cat thinks. Most cats want to be petted and given attention on their time schedule.