There’s so much to think about when you adopt a new cat: What to name them, how to feed them, where the best place is to set up their cat tree for maximum bird viewing, and so much more. One thing you might not be thinking about though (but probably should) is who you need to notify.
Adopting any new pet means a disruption to your normal routine. Animals need time to adjust to their new homes, and often, that requires quite a bit of your attention. Bringing home a cat is also a transition for both of you, and while everyone is getting used to each other, it’s important that the right people in your life know what is going on in order to help you accommodate.
To help you navigate this process, we’ve put together this handy list of the people who you have to notify before and immediately after adopting a new cat.
If you rent, you’ll need to check with your landlord or management company first to make sure that they’re okay with you bringing a cat home, especially if it’s unclear in your lease whether pets are allowed. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in this regard, so get approval first rather than asking for permission later on.
Before talking to your landlord, take a look at your lease. If there’s a lax pet policy, you’ll probably be good to go, though you should give them a heads up anyway. If the lease is less clear, go ahead and ask—just to be sure.
Choose a vet for your feline addition before you ever bring him or her home. That way, you can get them set up with a care provider right away.
If you already have a vet for existing pets, you’ll be fine to wait until the adoption is final and you have your cat’s medical paperwork. Otherwise, start doing your research. Once you know your adoption date, call to schedule a check-up for a week or so after your cat comes home (and sooner if they have any known medical issues). Even if your cat is perfectly healthy, it’s important to establish their relationship with a vet as early as you can.
Unlike adopting a puppy, bringing home a cat probably won’t change your work routine very much. That being said, it’s always worth seeing if it’s possible to take a couple days off to help ease your new cat’s adjustment period, especially if you’ve adopted a kitten. These early days are important for bonding, and the more time you can spend together getting used to each other’s presence, the better.
Loved Ones with Cat Allergies
Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, so there’s a good chance that at least a couple of your friends or family members are going to have a tough time being around your new furry addition. Reach out to let them know that you’re planning to or have just adopted a cat, especially if they’re someone who comes around quite often. It won’t mean that they can never come over again, just that they’ll want to accommodate for their allergies by taking a preventative first. Trust us, they’ll be happy you said something.
Friends and Family Members Who Love Cats
Second to yourself, the people who are going to be most excited that you adopted a cat are going to be your friends and family members who have an affinity for feline companionship themselves. Those who love cats are also well aware of the plight of our kitty friends in rescue (there are more cats than dogs in shelters, and they get euthanized more often), so they’re often delighted to hear that another cat has found their happily ever after. They’re also going to be your best sources for questions and advice, as well as your go-to pet sitters.
A Pet Sitting Service
Plenty of dog walking services also offer cat check-ins—which is perfect if you work long hours or travel a lot. Get in touch with a service now so that you have someone available if you need a check-in on the fly or need to travel unexpectedly. They’ll have to come by for a meet and greet before being able to provide full services, so it’s ideal to get that done early on.
Your Instagram Followers
Cats are natural social media stars. Head to Instagram (or a different favorite social media site) and show off your new friend—there will definitely be a lot of people eager to see. Go ahead and tag the rescue you adopted from too if they have a handle. You’ll help spread the word about the great work they do, and maybe even help another cat get rescued in the process!