In a seamless world, we would take our cats everywhere we go. Unluckily, be it taking kids to school, doing the groceries, or at work, there are times when you must leave your cat alone at home. Furthermore, leaving your cat alone at home while you are at work is unavoidable.
However, you will need to find some ways in keeping your cat entertained while you are away from home. If not, you might find that your cat will keep itself busy by way of unintentionally destroying your possessions and home.
You actually don’t need to reinvent the wheel, in order to keep your cat contented and happy. However, you need to cater to the cat’s personality. Furthermore, the entertainment should be appropriate as well for the length of the absence. The energetic cats do not need long to cause a complete havoc.
In this article, we will be exploring some ways on how to keep your cats entertained while you are away at work. Read on to learn more!
How to keep Your Cats Entertained while You are Away at Work?
Here are some ways that you can do in keeping your cats entertained while you are not at home.
1. Skype your cat.
In the digital world –you, by no means, need to really be away from your cat. There are a number of cool products, which may help you in keeping an eye on your cat, play with them distantly and even distribute treats to them even while you are at work. One example is using Skype –you can video chat with your cat while at work. Further, if your boss does not like you playing with your cat on office time, just show him or her how cute your cat is and, you don’t know –they might change their tune immediately.
2. Let your cat watch TV.
From DVDs to YouTube cat videos, your cat can be entertained at home. Television might make a great entertainment for felines, most especially for the older cats who are not on the go most of the time. Most of these videos actually show animals like mice and birds that are running around. Try to show one to your cat and if they are hooked, you know you are onto a winner already.
3. Put up a special space.
Nevertheless you decide on how to keep your cat entertained, a chosen ‘play area’ is vital in setting boundaries for where will the actions happen. Further, this will contain play activities to a certain area, may it be a small corner of the house or even just a ledge. If you want your cat to go outside, there are some small enclosures you can buy that stick out from the window, letting the cat get a fresh air, even without being in danger.
4. Add another cat friend.
Adding another cat friend for your cat might be the best solution for him/her who’s at times, alone at home. Since this is another big responsibility, make sure that you are ready to take it on. Visit the nearest animal shelter and ask to meet some prospective cats. You will know best what kind of character might match the cat you already have.
5. Set up a fish tank.
While cats and fishes are not always the best mix, an appropriately tenable and out of the reach fish tank may keep the cat visually stimulated and entertained while you are at work. Furthermore, fish tanks may also add to the interior design of your home. Nonetheless, make sure that there is no way your feline can knock it off or get into the water.
6. Have a room with a good view of the outside.
Cats are always drawn to the outside world, specifically in an elevated area. If you have got a second floor at home, with a balcony or glass ceiling, leave the blinds open so the cat has an endless entertainment outside the house. Otherwise, you can set up a shelf or move a certain furniture like a bookshelf to close the window, so the cat will have a good view of the outside world, while you are at work.
7. Provide some cat-specific furniture.
The cat is a part of the family, so they really deserve to have their own furniture. As the most basic, the cat furniture may include cat trees, scratching bench, and scratching posts. The cat-specific furniture may also help in protecting your own furniture at home. With proper training, your cat may take out its natural instincts, instead of doing it on the chairs or couch.
8. Leave a few pieces of papers or paper bags.
The sounds that the crinkling paper makes, as well as its ability in changing its shape actually make a low cost, engaging material, which your cat may just love. Leave a few pieces craftily scattered all over the house so that the cat can stumble upon them all throughout the day. Paper bags may also be fun.
9. Leave a cardboard boxes.
Cats love playing in boxes. Whether it is bounding in and out of them, playing hide and seek, using it as a sled or fort, or just using it as a play toy, the cardboard boxes can be the source of fun for your cat. These will keep them entertained while you’re at work.
If your cat is food-motivated, then puzzles based on treats may be a low maintenance and fun way of keeping the cat entertained. The common food puzzle is the sphere, which may be laden with the cat treats that only release when the cat has finally figured out how to properly operate it –this stimulates not just the body, but the mind as well.
Nobody knows what your cat really like to do while you are at work. Though it may take some experimentation to find the proper balance, the tips above on how to keep your cats entertained while you are away at work should put your on the way of success in keeping your cat entertained while you’re away from home.