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Help Your Cat to Entertain Yourself

Your newly adopted orange tabby Sophie is thanking her lucky stars. Several days ago, you brought this friendly, affectionate girl home from your town’s animal shelter. You’ve pampered her silly, providing your new feline housemate with a plush bed and numerous cat toys. You even took several days’ vacation from work, helping Sophie adjust to her new routine. Now that your break has ended, you want your companion to enjoy herself while you’re away. Your Carmel vet will recommend several “do-it-yourself” cat entertainment options. You’ve also found some appealing ideas.

Soothing Background Music

Give Sophie a backdrop of peaceful music. Classical songs seem to be especially effective at keeping nervous animals calm. Look for pieces featuring pleasing pianos and strings; but avoid fast-paced selections with booming drums and stirring trumpets. If you’re not a classical music fan, a meditation or yoga track could also work well.

Feline Workout Center

Your healthy, active companion will love a personal carpeted cat tower. She’ll gravitate to the multiple observation platforms that invite her to survey her domain in comfort. For variety, ensure that she has a tempting scratching post and several hanging cat toys. When she’s finished with exercise, she can relax in her comfy sleeping cubby. If you’re short on space, this compact feline gym should easily fit into a convenient corner. If she’s a confirmed birdwatcher, position the cat perch near her favorite window.

Highly Tempting Treat Puzzle

Challenge Sophie’s clever mind, and reward her stomach, by providing her with an enjoyable treat puzzle. Purchase some vet-recommended snacks, and stuff them tightly into her specialty toy. To access these prizes, she must release a catch or move the device in a certain fashion. Besides pleasing her palate and stimulating her mind, this task strengthens her muscles and improves her coordination.

Compatible Feline Companion

Your sociable cat might appreciate a friendly feline playmate. In fact, the two housemates could probably amuse themselves for hours. Before you run to the animal shelter, though, ask the vet if your cat will accept a second feline in “her” house. If she gives the “thumbs up,” begin searching for a compatible companion.

When Sophie next visits your Carmel vet, she’ll meet a well-adjusted girl who’s content to supervise her household. If your cat faces “home alone” challenges, contact us for expert assistance.

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