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A cat from the shelter and what’s next?
First-of-all, we need to remember that every change, even for the better, is very stressful for a cat. That is why it is vital to give  the cat a sense of security. We should make sure the new cat has a place to hide, it may be a pet carrier, a space under an armchair which we never move, or even a simple cardboard box turned upside down. The cardboard box must have a hole cut in one of its sides, or position the box on its side and cover it with a piece of cloth. It will help the cat to feel safe until it gets used to the new place and its inhabitants. In animal shelters, cats are usually fed with cheap pet food, so when we provide our pet with high quality food, we introduce it gradually. Some cats are not picky and will eat anything we give them but, if problems appear, a gradual change might do the trick. In shelters, cats live in large groups which mean they are more susceptible to viral infections. If we already have a cat at home and decide to adopt a new one from a shelter, it is best to quarantine the new cat for a few days in a separate room and introduce our cats to each other a few days later. It will have a positive effect on the cats themselves. They will have time to get used to new smells, the resident cat will not be surprised with the presence of the new one, and the new cat will acquire some sense of safety in the new place.