How to keep your cat happy while your away

A bored cat is an unhappy cat. Like all living things, cats have separation issues. They develop strong attachments to their humans and will probably feel nervous and on the edge when they’re home alone. If you’re the only one interacting with your kitty, then she/he will have intense separation issues. The key is to occupy his/her mind by creating a fun environment. There are many ways of doing this.

Sleepy Kitty

Cats are natural athletes and it’s all too easy for an indoor cat to go stir crazy if it can’t work out that excess energy. The good news is there’s no shortage of awesome cat toys that will keep your cat moving. There are toys that look like mice, toys with feathers, battery-powered toys with flashing light and sound, laser pointers, toys that move, toys on strings–everything that you need to help keep your cat pouncing and stalking safely indoors.

Companion

Owners of single cats often get the idea that their pet’s loneliness can be countered by animal friends. Not a bad insight! Some pets thrive among their own kind. However, choosing to get another cat can either solve things or make them worse. On the plus side, a feline friend can keep a cat occupied. They play together and groom each other.
Think about your cat’s personality. Is she/he a take-no-prisoners type of cat? If so, then look for a second cat who won’t compete with that personality. If you choose another take-no-prisoners type of cat then you’ll probably end up with lots of nose-to-nose confrontations as each cat tries take charge. On the other hand, you also don’t want to choose a cat from the opposite end of the scale. A very timid, shy cat would not do well with a very assertive cat. Choose a cat with a complementary personality. One who is out going and friendly but not on either extremes of the personality chart.

Cat Space

Cats also need their own space. You may not have a whole room to give them, but try to make sure your kitty does have a special area of your home to call his own with food and water, a scratching post, a bed, and a litter box.

Keep your cat healthy

The right diet is extremely important for the wellbeing of your cat. Obesity is a common source of problems among domesticated animals. Look for quality cat food in your favourite pet shop and make sure to buy something adapted to its age.

Felines can catch a variety of illnesses outside and inside the house. It is important to bring your cat to the veterinarian at least two times a year for a check-up. Your cat should be neutered to prevent unwanted babies and lower the risks of feline HIV.

Attention

Cats usually like to interact with their owners. Especially when you do long hours at work. This will help minimise the naughty behaviour when you are not at home. Make sure you spend the time playing and interacting with your cat. Most cats love to be stroked behind the ears, on both sides of the nose, and under their chin.

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