If you work outside of the home all day, you may worry that your cat is lonely and bored when you’re gone. Especially at this time of year when the kids are headed back to school and the house is quiet and empty during the day. Thankfully, cats are easy to entertain, especially with a little creative thinking. Here are our favorite ways to keep your cat entertained when you’re not home!
1. Provide a Window with an Exciting View
Most cats are very content to sit and look out the window for hours at a time, especially if they have something good to look at. Pick a window that has a good place for your cat to sit comfortably and place a birdfeeder and a birdbath nearby. If the window faces a sidewalk where people walk by regularly, that’s even better.
2. Get a Fish Tank
Cats love to watch brightly colored fish swimming in a tank, so getting a fish tank is a great way to keep your cat visually stimulated while you’re away. Obviously, you will need to make sure the tank is well secured so that your cat can’t get into the tank or knock it over.
3. Set Up a Kitty Play Zone
Designate a place in your home that’s just for your cat. Start by adding some special cat furniture, like a cat tree with multiple levels and hidey holes. Include some hanging toys like feathers and bells (just be sure the string is short so they’re not a strangulation risk). Add a cozy bed, a scratching post or a cat tunnel, and some fun toys on the floor. Your spoiled kitty will be content all-day long.
4. Cardboard boxes and Paper Bags
This one won’t cost you a thing, but your cat will love you for it! You’ve probably noticed that your cat loves to play in empty cardboard boxes and paper bags, so why not leave some out during the day for him to play in? Your cat will pounce in them and play hide-and-seek all day like it’s the best thing in the world. Even better, they are safe, and you can just throw them away when your cat destroys them.
It may take a little experimenting to figure out exactly what your kitty likes, but these ideas are a great place to start. Be sure to change things up regularly to your cat doesn’t get tired of the same old things.