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How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away

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How to Entertain Your Cat When You’re Away

When faced with leaving their furry companions alone during the day, pet parents often suffer from separation anxiety — not so much from their pets as from themselves and their own guilt over leaving their pet’s to fend for themselves in a lonely house. Here are four ways to help your cat stay occupied while you’re gone; after all, he can’t nap all day long!

1. Building the Fun Zone

When your cat is ready to play, a special space that has been set up just for that purpose is important. Even if you don’t have an extra room to devote as a cat haven, a corner of a room or a window will suffice. Set up a nice cat tree and/or scratching post that is specially made for climbing and claw exercises. Perches that overlook the yard will also give her hours of free, albeit mundane, entertainment. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can build a sitting shelf that sits on the inside ledge of the windowsill using just a shelf, brackets and fabric, or you can buy one from a pet supply store. A bird feeder placed outside the window will provide hours of entertainment (and maybe a little frustration!).

There are also ways to make it so that your cat can go outside while staying inside, with an enclosure that juts from the open window, allowing your cat the best view of all. This is another project that you can either take on yourself, or buy pre-assembled.

Start simple: You can begin by hanging toys from different spots so your cat has something to bat around, and place little jingly balls and furry mice on the floor for your cat to bat across the room and play a game of make-believe chase.

2. Get a “Buddy”

If your cat is an “only child,” you may want to consider adopting a feline brother or sister for her. Keep in mind that it can be challenging to integrate a new pet into the household, especially if your cat is older and is used to being the sole holder of the throne, but it is worth the effort to give your furry feline a companion she can grow to love (and groom). When two cats get together, playtime can really be productive and new games will be invented, even if you’re not home to witness them!

See Also: Should I Keep My Cat Indoors?

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1:25PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Good to know.Thanks for sharing

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A fabulous and delightful topic, there are always so many suggestions of how to provide various forms of entertainment for the feline(s) in our home. Some situations are more challenging than others, especially if the cat that owns you is blind but there is always a way around that.

Yvette and others, it would be pleasant to read an article on the generic subject of how to keep a cat entertained/a dog getting groomed without you seeing the topic and jumping in to lecture readers about the crimes of others, be it unscrupulous breeders creating nasty defects in bulldogs/other dogs, to what an appalling and cruel species of morons the human species is and of course the GO VEG!(or Vegan)... to how cats (who weren't asked in the first place) were introduced by man to Australia and killed off a native species, to those hating cats considering the feline as vermin...or of course the "We have too many pets!!!" (Really, are you discussing Harvey/Matilda The Hoarder or you don't believe in the concept of pets for anyone? all of you...go take your gripes and write your own Care2 article for people to comment on where you can lecture at will!

Some of us just want to read an interesting article on the subject at hand without being subjected to The Cause, The Insults. Go eat your broccoli and leave the rest of us alone.

5:15PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

5:13PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

5:13PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

7:18PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

love it!

8:49PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012


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