How to Acclimate Working Cats with a New Home
Because of the shy, timid, and feral temperaments of Working Cats, we ask that adopters of Operation Catnip working cats spend 2-4 weeks acclimating
the cats to their new environments. This involves keeping the cats housed in a crate with a litter box, food and water, and a den to hide in.
Think of this as the “Honeymoon Period!” We’d like adopters to tend to the cats daily, keeping their cages clean and talking to them, so that the cats get used to the voices of their new caregivers. Cats will stay where they feel safe and have resources, and this acclimation period is your time to show the cats that they will be fed and cared for in their new home.
Following this 2-4 week period, adopters will release the cats, and even if they take off in a hurry, they will know the smells, sights, and sounds of their new environment, and return “home” when the excitement of release has worn off!
We are happy to loan out large dog crates, feral cat dens, and litter boxes for this acclimation period, to be returned once the cats have been released!