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June 30, 2020 |0 min read

What Your Feline Friend Does When You're Away

Written by

Sharilyn Vera

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself, “what does my cat do when I’m not home?”, you’re certainly not alone! You’ve probably also asked yourself, do they miss me? Are they mad at me for staying at work a couple extra hours? Read on to find out what your feline friend is really up to while you’re out. 

Preventing Cat (and Human) Anxiety 

As much as us cat lovers may want to stay home and chill with our furry friend all day long, sometimes we have to go out into the world and do things like work, or catch up with friends and family– you know, adult stuff. But if you do ever end up leaving home for a little longer than anticipated, consider one of the following tips and tricks from PrettyLitter on preventing cat anxiety and keeping your kitty entertained while you’re gone. 

  1. Keep their normal food, litter and water routine. This one is obvious, but a reminder doesn’t hurt. Cats, like humans, are creatures of habit! 
  2. Stimulate the senses. Leave a cozy bed by the window, or maybe even get a second bed or scratching post in a new location going. 
  3. Keep the TV on. Who doesn’t love a good nature doc? 

The more you’re able to prepare a cozy and fun environment for your pet before a long day of work or errands, the easier it’ll be for both of you! 

 

Do They Miss Me? A Scientific Study

If you’re worried that while you’re gone your feline friend is anxiously pacing in the living room, looking back at the clock and just waiting for your arrival, you can relax. Don’t take it personally, but it’s more than likely your kitty is doing perfectly fine without you. 

One study looked at cat behavior and separation anxiety while their owners were away. Researchers looked at two groups: in group A, the cat owners were gone for 30 minutes; and in group B, owners were away for four hours. The good news was that the cat behavior in both groups were pretty similar. But one thing researchers did notice, was that the cats would purr and stretch a bit more for the pet owners that were gone longer! So it’s safe to say they probably missed you, but aren’t too distressed over your absence. 

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185599#sec013

Staring Out Windows

Unfortunately while you're gone, your furry friend isn’t learning to code, or performing musical numbers on your piano. They’re simply gazing out the window. But not because they are feeling melancholy, or waiting for your arrival. Because it’s their version of Netflix and chill, and it’s 24/7. The birds, squirrels, street sounds, garbage trucks, maybe even a raccoon if they’re lucky, are all quality entertainment! So respect the chill time, and don’t be afraid to join in on the quality window watch and chill time when you get back from a long day! 

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Sources:

1. https://cvillecatcare.com/veterinary-topics/101-amazing-cat-facts-fun-trivia-about-your-feline-friend/

2. https://tofukittyclub.com/blog/8-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-your-feline-friend

Written by

Sharilyn Vera

Sharilyn is a proud cat owner, long time storyteller and researcher. Her work spans beloved podcasts, television shows, media outlets, and independent documentaries. She likes to strike a balance between education and comedy, which you can hopefully tell when you read her articles!

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