Does Your Cat Get Bored When You’re Away?

How To Keep Them Occupied and Happy!

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By Nicola Traynor

While the cat’s away, the mice will play. But what about when the human’s away?

It would be great if you could take your cat everywhere you go, but unfortunately most workplaces aren’t so big on bringing in your cat every day—I wonder why?

There are a number of signs that your cat might be bored. If they’re moping around the house, that’s a pretty clear sign. Other signs include over-grooming, over-eating, or getting destructive.

While you’re out running errands or chugging coffee and fixing spreadsheets at work, your cat is at home lying around. It may sound like they’re getting the better end of that deal, but you’d probably get bored after a while too. So what can you do? Here are some tips to keep your cats happy while you’re working hard to bring home the cat food.

  1. Cat trees and scratching posts

It’s no secret that cats love to scratch! They also love jumping and climbing around. Having plenty of space can be great for your cat, but if you don’t have much room for them to roam, cat trees and cat condos can also be a great option to elevate their play areas.

  1. Toys

It might sound obvious, but cat toys are a great option for keeping your cat entertained. There are a number of options for toys that your cat can play with while you’re gone, no human required!

Food puzzles are another fun option to leave behind. Simply set it up each morning with a treat inside, and your cat can spend the day trying to solve the puzzle and get to their treats. Cole and Marmalade enjoy it when Chris and Jess sprinkle some treats on their fringed tissue mat to search for!

You don’t have to hit the pet store to find toys for your cat. Tried and true FREE options like a ball of paper, toilet paper tube or an extra box also work great.

  1. Cat TV

Turns out, your cat loves binge-watching as much as you do!

Youtube is filled with videos made solely for your cat’s viewing pleasure. Videos of birds, squirrels, and other cats playing around will keep your cat entertained for hours. Now if only you could get your cat hooked on The Walking Dead series and one of our favorite “Crazy Cat Guys” Normal Reedus, he’d be set for weeks!

  1. Treat thrower

Ever wish you could check in during the day and toss your cat a treat? Now you can do it from your desktop!

Options like Petcube or Kittyo for example, allow you to check on your cat through a web camera, even to toss treats at them.

This is a bit of an investment as prices range from 100 to 200 dollars, but it’s a great solution to your cat’s separation anxiety (and maybe yours too).

  1. A feline friend

If you’re worried your cat might be getting lonely and want a new playmate for them (and you!), it might make sense to adopt another cat.

There are a number of great resources for people looking to adopt a pet. Websites like Petfinder and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are great online resources to research adopting a new pet. Shelters will also often post their available pets to social media.

You can visit your local shelter to learn more about giving a furry friend a great new home!

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