Cats are usually pretty easygoing.
They’re usually relatively self-sufficient, making them a great choice for pet parents that find themselves at work during the day.
Even still, we often find ourselves feeling guilty for leaving our furry friends to fend for themselves in a lonely house. After all, they can’t nap the entire time, right?
Here are a few great ways to help your indoor cat stay occupied while you’re away.
Like us humans, our pets can find comfort in music. If you find that your cat responds to certain styles of music, set up a playlist that will play quietly while you’re away. If in doubt on style, you can’t ever go wrong with classical.
Stick with soft, soothing music featuring piano and strings, rather than instruments like trumpets and drums that could get your cat amped up. Soothing meditation music is also a great choice.
Sometimes, cats just need to use a little brain power — and if your cat is into treats and snacks, a food puzzle toy is a great way to keep them occupied. Essentially, these puzzles have small pieces of food or treats, and they’re only released after your cat figures out the right way to operate the toy. It stimulates their brain and keeps them active.
You can buy these toys, or you can even DIY them easily out of toilet paper rolls, plastic food storage containers, cardboard boxes, or even water bottles.
Cats sleep a lot — an average of 15 hours a day — but that doesn’t mean they don’t need entertainment to keep them busy. Set up cat scratchers or a cat tree made for climbing and claw exercises. Have plenty of toys available, and if your cat enjoys catnip, give them a little sprinkle.
Of course, cats enjoy other entertainment, too. Set up a bird feeder outside a window to provide hours of entertainment, or set up a window perch in a window that overlooks the yard.
Is your cat an only child? If so, you might want to consider getting them a feline brother or sister to hang out with. Keep in mind that integrating a new cat can sometimes be challenging. While some cats are perfectly fine and happy with a new feline friend, other cats might be less reluctant to share their space — particularly older cats that are used to being the sole ruler of the household.
Even still, if you’re up for the challenge, it could prove to be worth the effort. When two cats get along together, play time is even more fun.