Winter finds herself at WARS through no fault of her own. She is a tiny bundle of joy with the quietest meow. When she arrived she was quite scared and shy, she did not want to say hello to anyone. But with some time and tasty treats she is now starting to come to say hello and accept some fuss. We still would like to build her confidence a little more, which we feel will improve with some time and patience.
She is a bit misunderstood as she has such a kind heart but sometimes struggles to cope with new people. Just like most cats she is cautious by nature and takes some time to trust you. She needs to be the first one to make the move and its on the human to read her signals to when she has had enough. Once she gets to know you she is a lot more confident with you. If someone is looking for cat and get an instant rapport, she is not the cat for you. But if you are someone who can be patient and let winter take her time to get to know you, you will be rewarded with a lifetime of affection and company.
Winter would be a little nervous around children and loud noises so we feel an adult-only, calm, quiet home would be best. She would need to be the only pet in the home and will want access to the outdoors once she has settled, so a home away from busy roads is essential. She would prefer a rural background where she can sunbathe in fields and enjoy the country lifestyle.
She is a loving cat head bobbing your legs at every opportunity in order to get lots of fuss. She needs to get to know you before trusting you just like every other cat. Once she has chosen you she loves to be on people. She will be your hot water bottle for those winter evenings.
It is important to give your cat time and space to settle in to their new home. Do not flood your new cat with too many experiences too soon. It is very tempting to show off your new addition to family and friends, but try to resist as much as you can. It is better to take things quietly and slowly – let them learn and get used to their new home environment first, building up trust levels and confidence. Make sure you provide safe places for them to hide, along with litter trays and scratch posts. Most importantly, your new addition will need to know where their litter tray, food and water are.
Have toys available to play with so once settled they can exhibit natural behaviours. Play time, along with grooming can help develop the bond between you and your new addition. Ensure you keep your cats indoors for a number of weeks before letting them out, allowing them time to settle and understand this is their new home.
We do advise that you do keep your cats up to date with flea and worm treatments, along with their yearly booster. Don’t forget to update the chip if you move.