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I have always been one of those people who is overly concerned about keeping their animals safe, which is why I started visiting local pet stores to look for solutions. I talked with the owners about the products and services that could help me to eliminate common problems, and it was amazing to see the wide range of products that were available. Within a few weeks, I had finally gathered enough supplies to keep my animal safe and sound. This blog is all about understanding pet safety and learning to provide for your animals in a safe, effective, and convenient way.

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Three Ways To Keep Your Kitty Busy When You're Not At Home

by Caleb Jackson

Cats are generally seen as being more independent than dogs. Since they use a litter box and will snack on a bowl of food throughout the day, you can leave them alone for longer periods of time. However, this does not mean your cat won't get lonely. If you're away at work all day or you frequently take overnight trips, your kitty may become bored in your absence, which can lead to unwanted behaviors like shredding the curtains or urinating on your bed.

The key to keeping your cat on her best behavior while you're away is to keep her occupied. Here are three ways to keep you cat busy when you're not at home.

Fill a toy with food.

Visit your local pet supply store, and look for a cat toy that you can fill with your cat's dry kibble. Generally, you pour your cat's daily portion of food into this toy, and it gets dispensed a few pieces as a time as your cat bats the toy around. Your cat can play with the toy and collect the "treats" throughout the day, which can keep her occupied for hours. If you're worried that your cat will go through the food too quickly, you can always buy and fill two toys.

Purchase a robotic toy.

Does your cat love chasing strings and playing with feather dusters that you wave in the air? A good way to keep her busy in your absence is to invest in a robotic toy. These toys are generally battery operated. You turn them on before you leave, and then they either wave a string around, bounce a wand back and forth, or otherwise move various components for your cat to bat around. Most have a battery life of several days, making them a good choice if you're going on an overnight trip.

Have a friend stop by. 

Some cats are simply less independent than others and really crave that human interaction. If you don't think your cat will accept a feeding toy or robotic toy as a substitute for your love, then consider asking a friend to stop by once a day and play with your kitty for a few minutes. Perhaps a teenager or pre-teen in the neighborhood would be willing to do this for you. There are even pet care services that offer brief in-home visits for a few dollars per day. 

Visit a store like Mid Cape Pet and Seed Supply, Inc. to look at other foods, treats, and supplies you may want to care for your pet.

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