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Coronavirus changes routine:3 Vet expert tips to help your cat adapt

With the recent developments due to Covid-19, you may be going through some challenging times. With many people now confined to their homes, this change is difficult for them and their feline friend.

Your cat may now be obliged to share their home with you and your family all day

Normally you have a part-time relationship with your feline friend; you are out of the house for many hours working and enjoying your social life, and your cat can be very happy when you finally come back home. However, in the current situation having all of the family around all day long can be very stressful for your cat. Remember, cats love peace and quiet and being in control of their home and routine.

That’s why FELIWAY have asked a veterinary expert for useful tips for this time:

No panic and play together

First of all, no panic! Your cat can pick up on your anxiety, so it is better to limit manifestations of stress and agitation to avoid transferring this to them. Try to use this time to deepen your understanding of your cat and reinforce your relationship.

Our simple quiz can help When your cat shows they’re ready, you can play funny games with them and find new ways to be happy together!

1. Hide and seek

Hide some treats - which are part of the cat's daily ration - under the corner of a carpet or towel lying on the floor. You can play together to find them

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2. Water game

Put a small quantity of water in a basin and dip a plastic ball or a paper boat: play with the cat to push the object here and there on the surface of the liquid

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3. Hunting game!

Fill the bottom of a cardboard box with at least two layers of balls made of paper and throw a toy mouse so that the cat can "find it" as if it were hunting.

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4. Catch it if you can

Build a paper plane and challenge the cat to catch him during the flight. Alternatively, you might consider a covered or contained litter box which is a good way of containing any spillage.

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Pampering and affection but not too much

Pampering your cat is a very comforting activity for you and your cat but we have to be careful with this human behaviour in order not to generate, even unconsciously, any stress or discomfort in your pet!

You and your family being at home all day could annoy your cat, as they may find it more difficult to find a quiet place to have their cat nap. Make sure your cat can still access their favourite resting places and elevated places where they like to watch what is going on! Try and maintain their need for space and their routine as far as possible.

Consider FELIWAY

Feliway Diffuser sends a natural message of comfort that creates a peaceful, reassuring environment in the house and helps to prevent and manage the stress in your cat to help you be even happier together!

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Stay safe!

The FELIWAY team

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