Help Your Cat to Have a Happy “Home Alone” Experience

Your brand-new orange tabby Sasha seems like a contented cat. Earlier this week, you adopted this feisty feline from your city’s animal shelter. After bringing her home, you took several days off work to give her a smooth introduction to your home’s routine. In fact, you spoiled this lucky girl rotten. Now that you’re returning to work, you want Sasha to enjoy her time alone. Your Indianapolis, IN vet provided you with some expert advice; and you’ve come up with additional ideas.

Soothing Background Sounds

Pleasant-sounding instrumental music seems to calm nervous animals. Classical songs appear to be especially effective. Opt for selections with melodious strings and pianos; and avoid music with ringing trumpets, thunderous drums, or other high-intensity sounds. If you’re not a classical music fan, consider a yoga or meditation track.

Tantalizing Treat Puzzle

Sasha’s a smart little cat who might appreciate a good mental challenge. Engage her clever mind with a tempting treat puzzle. Buy some vet-approved snacks, and stuff her puzzle with these tasty kibbles. To reach her prize, your cat must release a catch or move the toy in a specific way. Besides making her stomach happy, the exercise improves her coordination and muscle strength.

Exclusive Feline Gym

Give your acrobatic cat her personal carpeted cat tower. This multilevel feline gym includes several observation platforms so she can survey her domain. Attach a scratching post for claw workouts; and hang several feathered cat toys in strategic locations. When she gets tired, she’ll curl up in the enclosed sleeping cubby. This compact workout center fits easily into a corner. If your feline companion seems to enjoy birdwatching, place the cat tree next to the best viewing window.

Pleasant Feline Playmate

Sasha’s a sociable girl who seemed to mingle nicely with her shelter mates. She might appreciate a hand-picked playmate. If your home (and budget) can handle another cat, the two buddies would probably amuse each other for hours.

Before heading to the animal shelter, ask the vet if your companion will tolerate a second cat in “her” territory. If he gives the “thumbs up,” ask if she can accompany you on the adoption visit.

When Sasha next visits your Indianapolis, IN vet, she’ll be a nicely adjusted cat who seems to relish her solitude. To help your cat handle household disruptions, contact us for expert advice.

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