10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy While You’re on Vacation
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Vacations are necessary for your mental health. In a year that has caused so much fear and uncertainty, vacations are a nice little break to recharge your battery and unwind before coming back to reality. Unfortunately, as all cat owners can attest, going on vacation isn’t always easy. While you’ll more than likely have someone visit your house to feed and take care of them while you’re away, the bottom line is that your cat will spend the majority of its time alone while you’re away. What can you do to keep them entertained and comfortable in the interim?
Here are some good ideas:
Use an Automatic Dispenser to Make Sure Food and Water Are Always Accessible
While you will have someone coming over to feed them, it’s still a good idea to leave out an automatic food and water dispenser so your cat always has access to fresh food and water, regardless of when someone visits the house.
Water can quickly evaporate, especially if you live in warmer climates. A water dispenser helps combat this. Likewise, a food dispenser will ensure that your cat’s eating regiment stays on schedule. You can set these dispensers up to dispense food during their normal feeding hours; if your friend or relative can only stop over once a day, you can have peace of mind that they’re still being fed at their other designated feeding times.
Leave on the Radio (Or TV) - They Can Watch from Their Cat Condo
While this may not always be possible or preferred, it is an option cat owners have if they’re going to leave their cat at home while they’re on vacation. While the radio can certainly be an effective option, cats can be easily entertained by what’s on your television - especially if it features animals. Studies have shown that cats will intently watch a television segment if it features other animals. Even more surprising is that this study also learned that cats can identify imagery on the TV, including different textures.
If you don’t want to keep your TV tuned to a particular channel, no worries. There are plenty of DVDs on the market that are specifically designed to keep your cat entertained while you’re away on vacation.
Buy Them a Cat Tree or Cat Condo
Cats naturally enjoy tight and tall spaces, making both cat trees and cat condos the perfect gift for your feline friend. Cats naturally gravitate toward cat trees and condos because it taps into their natural desire for a decent vantage point to see potential predators.
In addition to the comfort these cat trees and cat condos provide, they also provide a lot of entertainment as many of them offer different vantage points, scratching posts, and attached toys. The cat trees and cat condos can also help your kitty get exercise every time they climb it and/or weave through them.
Leave Your Blinds Up
Simply put, cats enjoy the outdoors, so leaving your blinds up before you go on vacation provides them an opportunity to glance outside, watch birds and other animals, and stretch out beneath the sunlight.
Of course, you might not feel totally comfortable leaving your blinds up while you’re away, so fortunately there’s another alternative you can provide your cat for entertainment….
Leave Out a Food Puzzle For Them
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Food puzzles are an excellent way to keep cats entertained while you’re away. With these puzzles, the cat treat will only be released when your cat figures out the solution to the puzzle. These are an easy and cost-effective way to keep them entertained. Cats won’t usually figure out the answer on their first try. As a result, it ranks as one of the best ways to keep your cat happy while you’re on vacation for a few days.
Leave Out a Cardboard Box by Their Cat Condo
Sometimes the simplest things work the best, and one way to keep your cat entertained is by leaving a cardboard box out for them to sit in and play with. Cats love to play inside boxes, as well as sleep in them. This means it’s a cheap way to keep them happy. Plus, it’s pretty safe, as they pose little to no risk to either your cat or your furniture.
Video Call With Them While You’re Away
Granted, this will only work if you have someone available to pick up on the other end, but one way to keep your cat happy while you’re away on vacation is to do a video call with them, using Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.
While cats are self-sufficient, they can get lonely and depressed when their owners aren’t around. Unfortunately, cats aren’t immune to the side effects of isolation, so if you and your friend are able, try to see and speak to your cat to help them feel more comfortable.
If you don’t have a friend who can help with this, you can purchase what’s known as a PetCube; it helps you keep an eye on your cat even if you’re not at home. This device also allows you to play with your cat remotely, so you can still get in some bonding time even if you’re off somewhere relaxing on a beach.
Leave Toys and Their Cat Condo Out
It’s also recommended that you leave some toys out for your cat before you leave. There are a lot of options available on the market that offer interactive play even when your cat is alone. Some are things like a peek-a-prize box. This offers your cat the opportunity to push over the box for a stuffed cat toy. Other interactive toys can be hung up on the wall or off a doorknob to promote play.
Leave Them with a Friend
If you know you’re going away well in advance, you might consider getting another cat. It can keep yours occupied while you’re gone. While you should never adopt a cat the day before you leave on vacation, doing so a few weeks or months in advance can ensure that they’ll have some company to keep them entertained.
Cats love to play around and snuggle with one another (most of the time). Just like humans, cats feel more secure when they’re around other felines who can keep them entertained and make them feel loved.
Leave a White Noise Machine On
You might think of a white noise machine as consisting of nothing but static. However, many versions play tropical sounds that feature birds as a way to help people get to sleep quicker. The chirping sound will keep your cat alert. Studies have confirmed that cats enjoy certain “species-specific” tempos such as those that are found in chirping. So next time you’re ready to walk out your door, plug in some bird noises and watch your cat’s eyes pop with excitement.
Going on Vacation? Keep Your Furry Friend Entertained With a Cat Tree or Cat Condo From Clawz
If you’re going on vacation, you want to make sure your cat is taken care of. One way to ensure their happiness while you’re away is to provide them with stimulation and comfort. Try a cat tree or condo. At Clawz, our cat furniture is made for cats by people who love them. Browse our current cat condo inventory on our website.