Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Does your feline friend spend a lot of time home alone while you are out earning money for cat food and kitty litter? Cats are very independent, so Fluffy should be just fine by herself for short periods of time. However, you do want to take some steps to keep your kitty comfortable, happy, and purring while you are out. Here, a Marietta, GA vet discusses leaving your cat home alone.

Food

Make sure your furball has plenty of food and fresh water to last her through the day. Many cats prefer drinking running water, so consider getting Fluffy a kitty fountain.

Entertainment

Fluffy will enjoy her alone time much more if she has things to occupy herself with. Provide your feline buddy with lots of fun toys to bat under the couch. Since most cats love birdwatching, a comfy window seat is also a good option. If you want to go all out, get Fluffy some DVDs made just for cats, or make her a kitty garden out of pet-safe plants. (Check the ASPCA website here for suggestions.)

Kittyproofing

Never underestimate Fluffy’s capacity for getting herself into trouble. Remove, secure, or protect wires and cords; plastic bags, wraps, and ties; toxic plants; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also want to keep anything that could be poisonous, such as household chemicals, medicines, and automotive products, in a secure area.

Cat Furniture

Your sleepy pet will probably spend a good chunk of the day napping. Provide lots of soft beds and napping spots. Fluffy will also appreciate some cat furniture, such as a cat tower.

Kitty Comforts

Keep Fluffy’s comfort in mind. Leave a light on if you’ll be out after dark, so she isn’t left alone in a dark house. You may also want to leave a radio or TV on, as the sound of music of voices can soothe your cat, and keep her from feeling lonely. Climate control is also important.

Extended Absences

Most cats are fine being left alone during the day, or even overnight, but for longer absences, we recommend boarding or getting a reliable pet sitter. Senior cats, kittens, and kitties with health issues should also not be left alone very long. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help.

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