Q. I just adopted a Scottish Fold straight ear kitty and have to transport him halfway across the US. What should I be prepared to do when he arrives?
AMANDA MILLER COOK
A. So as to not overwhelm him in his new home, you may want to start with a small space for him gradually opening up his environment as he becomes more comfortable over a few weeks. This can be done by placing all of his items in one room. That includes an area where he can perch up high whether in the form of a cat tree or a window ledge lounge seat for example, food & water dishes, litter box (away from the food dishes), toys such as little mice and balls, infused cat nip toys, and a nice soft kitty bed. If he is coming with a towel or blanket, do not wash it and instead lay that in his bed. That will help him feel secure until he becomes acclimated to new surroundings. Also, if he is coming in a small crate, just open the door and let him come out to investigate the new place in his own time. Enjoy your new kitty!