How to Spend Time with Your Cat When You’re Too Busy

How to Spend Time with Your Cat When You’re Too Busy

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Do you have a busy schedule and no time for your cat? With jobs, families, and hobbies there’s not always enough time in the day for our cats. Well, we sure can relate! Cue the guilt over not being able to spend as much time with our cats as we desire.

Here are some tips we believe will help give you a better understanding of how to spend time with your cat (or rather, your less-than-patient family member).

Cats are independent animals, so they don’t need a lot of attention

Firstly, cats are independent animals. They tend to prefer not to be around people all the time, but they still enjoy your company once in a while. So, don’t feel absolutely horrible if you are not able to be with them 24/7. They do appreciate some quiet time. However, if you are always busy with work and other commitments, you might want to try spending more time with your furry friend and doing things they like.

Cats thrive on routine

Cats are very organized and scheduled, and they love doing the same things every day. That’s why you need to add structure to your cat’s life by creating a routine. For example, seeing their owner at the gate at 8 pm every day, having dinner at 9 pm, and playtime at 10 pm. They also like eating and sleeping in the same places. Having a routine gives them security and they thrive on that.

Using this routine, you can connect with your cat by doing the same activity every day at the same time. For instance, you can sit on the floor and play with her using a favorite toy after dinner, or you can cuddle up on the couch while she falls asleep in your lap. Maintaining a routine makes it easier for you to remember to connect with your cat every day as well.

Give your cat some extra TLC 5 minutes at a time

With a busy schedule, it might be difficult for you to take out 1 hour of your day to play and cuddle with your cat. If this is so, try slotting in 5-minute sessions throughout the day.

Giving your cat some extra TLC can be as simple as giving them a treat or playing with them for 5-10 minutes at different of the day. Sometimes just that few minutes can make all the difference in the world for your cat! It is also essential to invest time into activities that they enjoy. For example, some cats love being petted, while others will want to play with a toy. Find out what your cat enjoys doing and engage in those things with her!

Spend time outside with your cat (supervised)

Spending time outside with your cat is a great way to explore their instincts. If you love taking short walks outside and your cat is fine with the outdoor, then it is definitely fine to let them out, supervised!

Cats love to climb trees, hunt prey, pounce on grass, dig holes in the dirt, and make epic jumps from one object to another. If given a chance, cats will enjoy these activities all day long. You can provide them with this opportunity by opening up your backyard for them to play outside.

However, it is vital not to allow them to roam outside freely. Instead, constantly monitor them when they are out or put a leash or harness on them. They love to explore, but they also need your safety and protection. If you are not there to monitor your cats, they can be at significant risk.

Considering getting two cats

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Consider getting two cats if you’re always busy – they’ll keep each other company while you’re not at home!

Cats are a great company to have, but they need interaction. That’s why if you are busy most of the time, it is a good idea to get two cats so that they have each other for company.

If you are interested in getting a friend for your cat, do look out for your local cat shelter! It’s always better to adopt than buy. Most shelter cats are super friendly and will definitely be good company for your cat.

If you have kids, teach them to help you with the cat responsibilities

If you have kids, teach them how to be responsible pet owners when the time comes (by feeding, cleaning the litter box, and etc). This not only helps with your cat when you’re busy but also teaches them essential life skills.

Cats can be demanding pets. They eat at set times, need to be let out to use the toilet regularly, and need lots of attention throughout the day. Since all these activities occur when you might not be around (primarily if you work long hours), it might be a good idea to teach your kids how to take care of the cat.

You will then be assured that they will handle their responsibility when you are not present. It will also mean that your kitten will be well-cared for even when you are busy.

Organize a play date

Organize a play date with one of your friends who have experience with cats. Just ask them if they can come over for an hour or two so that your cat can get some company while you are out at work or busy in the evening.

Even though you might not be at home, your cat will still feel like they have company. Make sure your friends are totally comfortable with a cat, they will probably love you for this opportunity!

You can also invite your friend’s cat, but cats are territorial and do not like other cats in their territory. So unless they are already familiar with each other, it is not recommended.

Scratching posts and toys

Another way to keep your kitty occupied is to get them scratching posts and toys, so they have something to play with. Cats need a lot of entertainment, and that cardboard scratcher can be very boring after a while.

There are many different cat toys that you can buy for your cat at just about any pet store. Get some automated ones that your cat can play with while you’re busy.

If you don’t want to buy toys, just give them old paper balls or sticks, and they will be entertained for hours!

We hope you’ve found this list helpful and that it has given you some new ideas on how to spend time with your cat. If we can help, or if you need more information about our newsletter, subscribe here!


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