Getting Started - A Guide for Bringing Home a New Cat | PAWS Chicago

Getting Started

A Guide for Bringing Home a New Cat

All you need to know about welcoming your new family member home.

If you’ve adopted from PAWS Chicago, we are available as a resource for any questions you may have.

Check out the Ongoing Training and Support available to PAWS Chicago alumni and their adopters.

Here’s what you need to know to ensure you get started on the right foot, now that you have (or are planning to) welcome your new cat into your home.

Congratulations on your adoption and thank you for saving a life!

Getting Started


Litter Training and Maintenance

The general rule of thumb is having the same number of litter boxes as cats, plus one. Read more

Appropriate Scratching

There are a few options to discourage inappropriate scratching. Read more

Managing Potential Allergies

Controlling pet allergies takes some work, but it can be achieved. Read more


Cats spend about one-third of their waking hours grooming themselves. Read more

Introducing a New Cat into Your Household

Cats thrive on comfort, security and familiarity.

Benefits of a Mature Cat

The many benefits of adopting an adult cat.