Work has changed a lot, and 5 years ago we might have written a blog about how to make sure your cat is entertained while you’re out all day commuting to work and back. But now, with so many of us work from home with our pets at least some of the time. Working from home with a needy cat can be challenging, but with some adjustments and strategies, you can create a productive and enjoyable work environment. Here are some tips to help you have a successful work-from-home experience with your attention-seeking cat:
- Designate a Work Area: Set up a dedicated workspace where your cat's interruptions can be minimized. Having a separate area will help create a boundary between work and playtime for your cat.
- Comfort and Entertainment: Ensure your cat has a comfortable bed, toys, scratching posts, and a window perch to keep them entertained and engaged while you work. A stimulated cat is less likely to demand constant attention.
- Create a Schedule: Establish a daily routine that includes scheduled playtime and cuddle sessions with your cat. By having predictable times for interaction, your cat may become more patient during your work hours.
- Interactive Toys: Use interactive toys that can keep your cat entertained independently. Puzzle feeders, laser pointers, or toys that mimic prey can keep them engaged while you focus on work.
- Rotate Toys: Introduce new toys and rotate them regularly to keep your cat curious and engaged. This way, they won't get bored with the same toys every day.
- Positive Reinforcement: Reward your cat for good behavior while you work. Positive reinforcement, like treats or praises, can encourage them to associate your work time with positive experiences.
- Provide a Comfy Spot: Place a cozy blanket or a cat bed near your workspace. Your cat may choose to rest nearby, feeling reassured by your presence without demanding constant attention.
- Calming Aids: Consider using calming aids like the VitaCat Calming Aid Soft Cat Chews to reduce anxiety and attention-seeking behaviors.
- Set Boundaries: Teach your cat to respect your workspace by gently redirecting them to their designated area whenever they intrude on your workspace.
- Breaks for Attention: Schedule short breaks during your work hours to give your cat attention and cuddles. These short breaks can help satisfy their need for companionship.
- Invest in a Catio or Enclosure: If possible, create an outdoor enclosure or catio for your cat. This allows them to safely enjoy the outdoors, reducing their need for attention while you work.
- Use White Noise: White noise machines or apps can help drown out distracting sounds that may agitate your cat, helping to maintain a calm work environment.
Remember that every cat is unique, and it may take time to find the perfect balance. Be patient and understanding, as your cat's behavior may change as they adjust to your work-from-home routine. By providing mental and physical stimulation and setting clear boundaries, you can create a harmonious work environment while still attending to your cat's needs.