The Best Ways to Keep Your Cat Busy When You're Not Home

As much as we love our feline friends, we can't always be around to keep them company. However, leaving your cat alone for long periods of time can lead to boredom, anxiety, and destructive behavior. To keep your cat happy and entertained, it's essential to provide them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation. In this article, we'll explore the best ways to keep your cat busy when you're not home.

  1. Provide Plenty of Toys

Cats love to play, so providing them with plenty of toys can keep them entertained for hours. Interactive toys, such as puzzle feeders and treat balls, are great for keeping your cat mentally stimulated. Cats also love toys that they can chase and pounce on, such as catnip mice and wand toys.

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  1. Create a Cat-Friendly Environment

Make your home as cat-friendly as possible by providing your cat with plenty of cozy places to nap, climb, and play. Cat trees and scratching posts are essential for providing your cat with a place to scratch and climb. You can also create a window perch so that your cat can watch birds and other wildlife outside.

  1. Use a Smart Feeder

A smart feeder can help to keep your cat busy by providing them with small, frequent meals throughout the day. Some smart feeders even have cameras, so you can check in on your cat and see how they're doing.

  1. Leave the TV On

Believe it or not, leaving the TV on can provide your cat with some entertainment. Cats are drawn to movement, so a nature documentary or a program with birds or fish can keep your cat occupied for hours.

  1. Consider Getting Another Cat

If you have the space and resources, getting another cat can provide your feline friend with a companion to play and snuggle with when you're not home. However, it's important to introduce the cats slowly and carefully to avoid any aggression or territorial issues.

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  1. Install a Cat Fountain

Cats love running water, and a cat fountain can provide them with a source of fresh water to drink and play with. Some cat fountains even have built-in toys or platforms to encourage play and interaction.

  1. Hide Treats Around the House

Hide treats around the house to encourage your cat to search and explore. You can hide treats in puzzle feeders or simply scatter them around the house for your cat to find.

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  1. Provide a Comfortable Bed

A comfortable bed can provide your cat with a cozy place to nap and relax while you're away. Consider providing your cat with a bed that has a warm and soft texture, like a plush cat bed or a heated cat bed.

  1. Use a Laser Pointer

Cats love to chase laser pointers, so using one to play with your cat can provide them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Just be sure to avoid shining the laser in your cat's eyes.

  1. Hire a Pet Sitter

If you're going to be away for an extended period, consider hiring a pet sitter to come and check on your cat. A pet sitter can provide your cat with some human interaction, playtime, and snuggles while you're away.

In conclusion, keeping your cat busy when you're not home is essential for their physical and mental well-being. Providing your cat with plenty of toys, a cat-friendly environment, and interactive feeders can keep them mentally stimulated, while a comfortable bed and access to running water can keep them physically comfortable. With these tips, you can help your cat stay happy and healthy, even when you're not around.

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