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5 Ways to Entertain Your Cat While You’re Away - #HealthyMeetsHappy


This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share the availability of Wellness Complete Health and NEW Complete Health Grain Free Cat Food available at PetSmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness or PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.


When leaving your cat home so that you can go on vacation or head out to work for the day you may start to have feelings of guilt associated with this time away. The thing about cats is given their independent nature, they really are just fine while you’re away and can be easily entertained during a day alone or even a week alone so as long as they have ample food and water to get proper nutrients. I always make sure that my cats are fed high quality food with ingredients that I feel happy with and know that they'll love. Currently I'm feeding both Stripes and Kitty Wellness® Complete Health™ Grain Free Indoor: Salmon and Herring.


I have been feeding them the Wellness® brand for quite some time, but recently was at PetSmart and saw the NEW Complete Health Grain Free option and just knew that the Salmon and Herring would be loved by both. All of Wellness® recipes are free from corn, carrageenan, soy and wheat as well as artificial colors and flavors. They are also formulated with ingredients that were carefully chosen and formulated with vitamins and minerals for my feline friends optimal health.


My cat Kitty has always been an only cat so she's not quite keen on sharing her food. She's also a very picky eater and I have to not only make the decision to feed her food that is good and healthy for her, but one that she will like, and she just LOVES the Wellness® Complete Health Grain Free line. Currently there are three options: Adult (deboned chicken and chicken meal), Indoor (Salmon and Herring Meal) and Kitten (deboned chicken and chicken meal).


She's not the only one who loves it. My daughter's cat Stripes, loves it as well and so do I. So why do I love Wellness®? It's not just the fact that my cats love it, but because I know that the team at Wellness® also cares about our pets health. They are a diverse team of animal lovers, vets and nutritionists and they have the best interest of my furry friends at heart. They know that fillers and artificial ingredients are no good, so they're not included and they focus on simple, pure and authentic ingredients, exactly what we would want in our own bodies.

If you are still on the fence about whether or not the Wellness Complete Health line is a great option for your own feline friends, Wellness® offers a Catisfaction Guarantee.

Catisfaction Guarantee: if your cat doesn’t like the new Wellness recipes, please return the unused portion back to Petsmart for a full refund. 

So remember when leaving your feline friend for any length of time, make sure that you're leaving them a high quality food and here are a few other tips to keep them entertained while you're away.


Setup a Fun Zone – think about what your cat enjoys doing for both entertainment and play, set a little fun zone area for your cat to go hang out in during their home alone hours so they can get frisky and happy.

Only Child Syndrome – if your cat is an only child in your home, then maybe consider adopting a furry sibling for your feline friend. Remember, adopting a furry sibling for your cat will be a lifelong decision, but if you’re away often this may be super beneficial.


Puzzle Snacks – to give your cat that treat you may give them a few times a day, setup some puzzle snacks for them. These are usually little balls that you can place treats inside so your cat can bounce it around until he gets that treat out. Wellness® also offers a cat treat line so you know that you're feeding your feline friend treats that are good for them.

Feed Curiosity – cats are naturally a curious breed of animal, set up a toy closet where there is a favorite toy peeking out. As your cat wanders home alone, they may be curious about that peeking toy and work to get it out, entertaining their curiosity for hours.


Play Some Music – it’s been proven that all pets feel more comfortable being home alone with background noise. Consider getting a jazz CD or similar to have on repeat while you’re away so the cat feels as if someone is there with them.

Whatever you choose to do as a means to entertain and soothe your cat while you’re away ultimately is up to you, simply take the time to review this list of ways to entertain your cat while you’re away and implement strategies that will work for the personality of your feline friend, and be sure to leave them high quality food that is good for them like Wellness® Complete Health available at PetSmart®.


Visit PetSmart® to check out and purchase your cat’s favorite Wellness® Complete Health and Complete Health Grain Free options.




This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Annmarie John
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  1. I should try jazz! Today was my cat's birthday and we snuggled a lot. My vet had said that if I wanted an indoor cat - which I do - I'd just have to make indoors entertaining for her! I think we do a good job!

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  2. This title made me LOL! I never thought about cats needing entertainment while the family is away, but it totally makes sense. They must be so lonely

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  3. My mother in law has 2 cats and I am sure she will appreciate these tips. She has a trip coming up next month!

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  4. What a great cat owner you are!! So nice that you are thinking of your furry friend when you are away :)

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  5. These are great ideas. We only have dogs, but the same ideas apply to them as well. Our two guys always buddy up when we're not around.

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  6. These are great tips. Our pets can get so sad when we're away. It's nice to make sure they're happy while we're gone.

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  7. This looks like a great brand of cat food. I don't have any pets, but I will tell friends and family about it.

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  8. As a mom of two cats, I can say that they do much better when they have a buddy. My cats are squeaky tight.

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  9. I have to admit I've never really thought about having to entertain cats, I thought the point of them was that they were independent. I shall pass on to my mum though as she has a cat.

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  10. This is so helpful. I think we could do something like setting up some puzzle snacks or hiding toys for them to find. I keep hearing that one of our cats is a pest while I'm away.

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  11. My mom is getting ready to go on a trip and I'm going to be stuck watching her cats for several weeks. So I might need some of these tips and tricks to help entertain her cats

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  12. These are great tips for keeping your cat entertained while you're away. I know that my cats can get sad when I am not around.

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  13. These are great ideas, I love the leave a toy peeking out idea! I have found that when I have cats in pairs, they do much better being home during the day.

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  14. So many great ideas! I love the fun zone idea to help keep them entertained! The music is also a great idea for cats as well as dogs!

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  15. I have heard many great things about Wellness pet food! I also love that they let you return for a partial refund if your cat doesn't like it! Sounds like a great company for sure!

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  16. I love that it gives you a healthy option for your cats with it being free of corn and artificial colors.

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  17. Leaving a pet home is like leaving the kids home. You gotta make sure they have things to keep them entertained.

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  18. I think it depends on the cat. My Bustopher was a one cat home cat. He did not want another cat around. I love the idea of having some "adventures" for the cat like the peeping toy!

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  19. I only have dogs, bug like Stacie says, these tips apply to them as well. We take our dogs to doggy daycare when we have to leave for extended periods of time and they serve Wellness there too.

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  20. It's so great when you pet actually likes their food and thrives on it. Kitty is simply beautiful, is Kitty a Siamese or Himalayan or cross?

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    1. Kitty is a Himalayan and a snooty one at that. We got her at 8 weeks and she's now 4 and totally rules the house.

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  21. These are great suggestions! Saving this to try with our cat!

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  22. I don't have a cat but these are some great tips for people who travel often and have kitties at home!

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  23. I have seen some pretty entertaining games for cats at Petsmart.
    One looked like wack-o-mole. :P

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  24. What a gorgeous cat! So beautiful. I have heard some great things about this brand but never tried it with our 3! Sounds like it is a great food! - Jeanine

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  25. This is such a great post! I don’t have a cat, but I do struggle with keeping my puppy entertained while I’m gone. They get bored easily and I’m always worried they are going to go stir crazy!

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  26. Awww this post is cute! I don't have a cat but grew up with cats so I can totally relate to this!!

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  27. This is a really good post. My cat is always getting into stuff when I am gone. Gives me good reason to try some of this out.

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  28. These are all great tips! I think my cat torments my dog when we are not home, so I will try some of these suggestions!!

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  29. Aww these tips are so great! We have 2 cats and I love the idea of leaving music on for them!

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  30. When we travel, we leave the TV on for the cats. We have a weight issue with my Hazel. I think this food would be a good fit for her.

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  31. Playing music is such a great idea! I haven't thought to do that for my little felines. They do keep each other busy playing but i know they would like the music. I need to try Wellness the next time I am at PetSmart!

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  32. Look at those gorgeous fur babies! I'm always looking for new ways to keep my own happy!

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  33. This is nice that you can get treats for the cats to eat while you're away. However, I love my cats so much I cannot leave them for a long time. If we are going away for a few days, I take them to my mom or to a friends house so they can watch over my fur babies.

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  34. I haven't tried music for my cats while we are away, I bet they would love that!

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  35. My cats are like my children, and I could not even entertain the thought of leaving them alone when I go on a trip. I usually ask someone to take care of them while I am away. I will let them know of these tips to keep my furballs entertained and not freak out in a new temporary environment.

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  36. This sounds like a lovely brand and I like that this is made by a team of fellow pet lovers. You'll have more peace of mind knowing that your fur babies are in good hands.

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  37. Aww these are such good ideas! I wish I had a kitty I would probably try to take them with me!

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  38. Puzzle snacks are a great idea to keep your cat active and working during the day!

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  39. I don't have any cat's but my grandmother does and they are pretty independent and usually play around with each other (she has two). My grandmother rarely goes out but when she does she makes sure they have what they there and toys. These are some great tips I will share them with her :-)

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  40. You have the cutest, most fluffiest kitty! I do not have any cats but my sister does have one that is not so friendly.

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  41. I don't have a cat but these are great ideas. I love the puzzle snacks. I feel like that would provide me with fun to watch.

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  42. These are such great ideas! I will be passing this on to my friends with kittens.

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