How to Keep Your Cat Entertained While You Are Away!
16 December, 2016
If you have an indoor cat, you might worry that your cat is bored. Cats can easily sleep the day away and usually do. If you work long hours, there are ways to keep your cat active and entertained while you are away. Or even when you work or at home on the weekends, we always want to entertain and energize our cats.
Below are some ways to keep your cat(s) entertained when you are away:
Toys can keep your cats entertained and stimulated
Different types of balls, stuffed mice, toys with bells, and a wide assortment of toys can keep your cat busy and entertained. Or how about some ping pong balls placed around the house that your cats can bat around. Have a flashlight? Cats go crazy following the light and will run around following the beam.
Cats love to play hide and seek even when you aren’t there
Cats are curious creatures that enjoy having places to play hide and seek. Place some open cardboard boxes around the house and watch them jump inside. Paper bags also make safe and inexpensive toys which most cats adore and climb in and out of with regularly.
How about placing some catnip around the house?
Try catnip to watch your cats go crazy for a few minutes. Place some around the house or on their favorite toy to encourage them to play with it. Catnip isn’t harmful to cats and it usually causes a ‘frisky’ response where your kitty rolls or rubs against the catnip.
Climbing trees are great ways for your cat to keep entertained
Cats like to see the world from an elevated angle. Buy a ready-made cat tree (often called a “kitty condo”), or make your own. A cat tree can be short, or may stretch from floor to ceiling. It provides great climbing opportunities and more play areas by taking advantage of vertical space. If you can, locate the cat tree next to a window so your cat can watch the action outdoors.
Adopt a friend for your kitty
Having another cat will provide your cat with a friend to play with and keep your cat out of trouble. Most cats adapt well and if not right away, will eventually enjoy one another’s company, keeping them stimulated and active. And you just rescued another cat – win, win!
Install a perch or window frame by a sunny window
Install a perch indoors near a sunny window. Another option is an enclosure that sits in a window frame (like an air conditioning unit) and provides a secure space in which your kitty can hang out. Larger perches can attach to the side of a house or ground-floor apartment patio.
Each cat has their own favorite toy or place to hang out. Find out what your cat likes and make sure to incorporate that into your kitty’s daily life. It will keep your cat’s mind stimulated and curb the all -day napping.