How Long Can a Cat Stay Alone?

When home alone, cat toys can entertain your pet companion.

When home alone, cat toys can entertain your pet companion.

If you think you can leave your cat home alone while going on vacation, think again. Would you enjoy staying home alone without anyone to talk to or play with? To have a guilt- and worry-free vacation, make simple adjustments so your cat is a happy camper while you're away.

Daily Checkups

If you're only leaving for two or three days, arrange for trustworthy neighbor, friend or pet sitter to check in on your pet companion. Once or twice a day is enough. He can make sure your cat has enough food and fresh water and he can keep the litter box clean. Ideally, he grooms your cat, and plays and interacts with her for about 20 minutes every day to keep her entertained. When worry sets in, you can always call this designated person to ensure your furry friend is all right.

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Even if you have someone checking on your pet companion while you're gone, if you don't pet-proof your home, your feline friend can get in trouble when she's alone. Put away items, such as dental floss, string, rubber bands, medications, cleansers and other chemicals, because when ingested they might cause serious harm to your cat. Use child-safety locks on cabinets, so that when your curious kitty goes exploring, she can't get inside them. If you have plants, be sure they're not poisonous to your cat and hang them up out of her reach.

Provide Entertainment

A bored kitty is a bad kitty. While you're gone, ensure your pet companion has plenty of cat toys to stay busy -- food-stuffed cat toys can provide hours of fun. To satisfy your cat's urge to scratch, place several scratching posts throughout the house. If you don't, you might come home to find your pet companion used your sofa to sharpen her nails. Also provide a tall cat tree with plenty of perches to satisfy your cat's desire to be up high and overlook everything -- you don't want her jumping on cabinets instead.

Boarding Your Cat

If you're vacationing for a long period or don't have anyone to check on your pet companion, you might have to board her in a kennel or cat hotel. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. Before you board your pet companion, set your mind at ease and get a tour of the facility. Ensure the staff is professional and that it's a clean and safe facility. Ask about feeding procedures and immunization requirements, because you don't want to come home to a sick cat.

 

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