Pet tips: Lessons in cattitudeFebruary 13, 2013 @ 3:17 pm (Updated: 12:48 pm - 2/15/13 )
No two cats are alike and they respond differently to potential stress situations, such as seeing you leave for work each morning, visiting the veterinarian, traveling or moving to a new residence. What you might consider even a very minor change could be very upsetting to your favorite feline's world.
Here are some stress and boredom relief tips:
• Make sure your cat has two 15-minute aerobic workouts - once in the morning and once in the evening. You can simply pull a toy on a string to exercise your cat while relaxing with your coffee or sitting in your favorite chair. In other words, adjust his schedule to better fit your own.
• Change your pattern of departure for work in the morning: leave from a different door, don't rattle your keys, and don't do a long, mournful "Good Bye." Make your cat a special departure plate of her favorite treats as a distraction. Leave while he is eating.
• Stimulate her mind with toys that have moving parts and challenges while you're gone. Track-balls, crinkle balls, or balls that contain a cat treat inside will require them to work at releasing the treat. Even an old gift box with some holes and a few foam balls trapped inside can be fun, inexpensive and relieve boredom.
• Leave the TV or radio on so she can hear human voices in the house. You might find he soon has his favorite weekly animal programs.
• Add a carpeted cat tree to your house decor - cats love to sit up high and watch the world go by. Or just place a chair near a busy window so your cat can watch the birds, squirrels and folks in the neighborhood.
• For single cat homes, consider getting a second cat. Most cats like company and will entertain each other during the day taking the pressure off you.
• Make your home cat-friendly. Have lots of places to curl up on blankets, with safe and warm spots to relax on.
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