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Old 01-19-2005, 02:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Good Toys To Leave With My Kitten While I'm Away All Day?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what toys I could buy my 10 week old kitten to play with while he's left alone for 12-hour days while I'm at work? I'd like something that will "interact" with him, maybe even something electronic that will keep his interest and make it seem like he is not alone. I already leave straws, balls, and stuffed animals laying on the floor and also leave a light and the television on, but I'm afraid he's too bored and sits around being lazy while I'm away.
And getting another pet for him to play with is not an option at this time.
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We ran into this same problem when we first got Skeeter. He was about 3 months old, and we are both students with jobs, so he was alone a lot! It sounds like you are doing everything we found we could do. Without being there, it's really hard to make sure your kitten is going to get enough stimulation. Chances are, your furbaby is going to sleep most of the time you are away, anyway, and have an active night life.

Something else you might keep in mind: leave blinds pulled up and cords safely tucked away (to prevent accidents) so your kitten can look out the window at all the goings on. Cat's love live entertainment just like us!

One of the most important things you can do is MAKE SURE your kitten gets a lot of attention when you are home. It is suggested that your kitten get at least 20 minutes a day of intense play time. Since your kitten is so young, it is crucial to your relationship together that most of this playtime consist of INTERACTIVE play. Get a wand toy with feathers, a mouse, or a fuzz ball attached to the string and simulate prey movement. You and your baby will be bonding and he'll be cultivating his hunting skills and getting much-needed excercise at the same time.

Oh, also remember that cat's will lose interest in toys that they see all the time. Change it up a bit every day. Put toys away that aren't being used. (We use the carrier as a napping place/toy box for the boys). Pull different toys out every day.

Something else you can do: hide treats around the house so your kitten can hunt for them. This also cultivates their hunting skills and he will be so proud of himself for finding his prizes!

Good luck to you and your little one. Keep us posted on how he does.
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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DON'T leave toys that can be destroyed while you're gone. If they shred a toy into little pieces that can be swallowed, that wouldn't be too good!
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here are some options for you:

- Leave the radio on. I leave mine on NPR when I'm gone. A lot of cats really like this.
- Make your own "cat babysitter" video. They sell these at pet stores for like $15 but you can make your own just as easily. The videos are of other cats, birds, and other wild animals/nature things. You can record shows on Animal Planet or Discovery Channel and you'll have the same thing.
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Old 01-19-2005, 01:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ping pong balls are a great toy to leave out. Cats can't eat them and mine have a great time chasing them around the floor, they never get tired of them.
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Old 01-19-2005, 05:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a toy that Punky plays with all the time by herself. (And often at 3 or 4am ). It's a plastic pole with elastic string and a rabbits foot/bell on the end. The kicker is that it has a suction cup that you stick to glass. We put ours on the sliding door.

I believe it was $2 at Wally-World.
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