Some, if not most of us are getting ready to go back out to work after being on lockdown due to the corona virus for about 3 months. Our Cats are our family and when we have to leave them it is very distressing on our part as cat-parents. We feel guilty and if not for all of us, most of us feel some sort of separation anxiety. We need to know that our cats are well taken care of during the day when we are at work. Here are some ways to ensure that they are happy, fed and entertained:
Food Toys and Puzzles
We all know our feline friends to be food lovers, a full cat is a happy cat! To ensure that they are fed throughout the day you can get some toys that not only feeds them but also stimulates their mind and encourages natural instincts to explore and find hidden treats. Toys like Cat Feeder and Cat toy in one, can keep your cat occupied for hours! If your cat is extremely smart and figures out these toys in a short space of time then you may need to either get creative and make your own toys or buy more as time goes by. Don’t worry there are plenty of options to choose from on the market if you need to go that way.
Being alone sometimes is good but that could get boring, so if you have only one cat you may consider getting a friend for him/her. Depending on the age of your cat another feline friend can become a loving companion for him to either love and take care of or grow together with. Having two or more cats can be really entertaining, they will find new games and will be occupied for hours without any outside intervention. If adopting is an option you would also be saving a cat's life.
Cats love boxes! However small the box is if they can fit they will sit. This is a fun, cheap alternative to toys and it’s just as enjoyable. Cardboard boxes are easy to come by and if your cat destroys it, it can be replaced very easily.
Paper and Paper bags
Paper and papers bags are another inexpensive way to keep your cats entertained for hours! Am not sure as to why but they love to jump around in a heap of crunched paper or just slide around with a paper bag over their head. It’s like playing hide and go seek. This is a lot more fun if the ground is smooth so that it’s easier for them slide so make sure their play area is not where it’s carpeted.
Cats do need their own furniture to play, sleep and just lounge around on. Trust me, by getting them their own furniture will save your own furniture from being destroyed and less cleaning to do. You can get them a cat tree condo, a cat scratching lounge or a scratching post.
By following these tips and experimenting with them you will learn what your cat likes and dislikes. This will help you feel at ease knowing that they are content until you are back home with them, but do remember that your love and attention is needed as well so make sure you give them some quality time of your own!