Make Your Cat’s “Home Alone” Time a Happy Experience

Your freshly adopted orange tabby Buttercup has gotten off to a stellar start. Earlier this week, you met this charming four-year-old cat at your city’s animal shelter; and you immediately wanted to bring her home. You’ve taken several days off work, easing your new feline housemate into your home’s routine. Now that you’re returning to work, you’d like Buttercup to enjoy her “home alone” hours. Your North Phoenix, AZ vet has provided several recommendations; and you’ve also come up with your own ideas.

Pleasant Background Music

Soothing instrumental music seems to calm anxious animals. Classical songs seem to work especially well. Look for selections featuring melodious pianos and strings; and avoid music with booming drums, ringing trumpets, or other high-energy sounds. If you don’t enjoy classical tunes, consider a yoga or meditation track.

Tempting Treat Puzzles

Challenge Buttercup’s clever little mind with one (or more) tantalizing treat puzzles. Purchase vet-recommended snacks, and pack her puzzle with these enticing kibbles. To access her prize, your cat must break out her problem-solving skills. She must release a catch or manipulate the toy in a certain way. Besides satisfying her stomach, the puzzle toy will improve her muscle strength and coordination.

Cat-Friendly Workout Center

Provide your athletic companion with her own carpeted cat tower. This multilevel workout center features several observation platforms, plus a cozy sleeping nook for those regular naps. Attach a scratching post to encourage claw workouts; and dangle several feathered cat toys from strategic spots. Even if your floor space is limited, this self-contained feline gym fits easily into a corner. If she seems to enjoy birdwatching, position the cat tree near her favorite window.

Compatible Feline Playmate

Sociable little Buttercup seemed to enjoy her shelter mates’ company, making you think she’d appreciate a feline companion. If your home (and budget) can handle a second cat, the two playmates would probably entertain each other for hours.

Before heading to the animal shelter, however, ask the vet if your feline housemate will likely accept another cat in “her” territory. If he gives the green light, ask if your cat should accompany you on the adoption visit.

When Buttercup next visits your North Phoenix, AZ vet, she’ll be a well-adjusted girl who has adapted nicely to her solitude. To help your cat handle his “home alone” time, contact us for expert advice.

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