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How Long Can You Safely Leave a Cat Alone?

Leaving a cat home alone Said Dr. kristina.karelina With proper precautions in place, nearly any pet can be left alone safely for a few hours or even for half a day without much worry. … If you plan to leave Cat alone for 3 days or longer, it is time to do some serious pre-planning to ensure your cat’s wellbeing and safety while you are away.

Your cat spends the majority of his day sleeping in a sun patch on the carpet and only shows you attention when his food bowl is empty or his litter box needs cleaning. Not the most attentive roommate, you’d think your cat would hardly notice when you’re not there as long as he has plenty of fresh food and water and a clean place to do his dirty work.

Leaving a cat home alone
With proper precautions in place, nearly any pet can be left alone safely for a few hours or even for half a day without much worry.

But when you start talking about leaving a cat home alone for a full day or a few, you will need to do a little more planning.

If you plan to leave Cat alone for 3 days or longer, it is time to do some serious pre-planning to ensure your cat’s wellbeing and safety while you are away.

The confusion about leaving cats home alone arises from their rather solitary-seeming presentation.

Cats can do a really great job of pretending to be self-sufficient!

Your cat might seem to answer to no human, to deign to permit you to cuddle her, to wander about as she pleases regardless of the household rules – clearly, those so-called “rules” only apply to the other family members.

Cats Love Company
But cats are not really the loners they often appear to be.

For example, did you know that cats can suffer from separation anxiety just like dogs?

Destructive behaviors, excessive crying, effusive return greetings, and other similar behaviors can indicate that your cat gets anxious when you are gone.

Some cat breeds are known to be so dog-like that even leaving for a few hours can provoke intense anxiety – Ragdolls, Birmans, Scottish Folds, and Sphynx cats are just a few of the many cat breeds that really can’t tolerate much alone time.

Cats can also get into a surprising amount of trouble when left home alone.

From dry water bowls to empty food dishes, poorly planned leaps to tiffs with other family felines, the self-contained and suave feline you left behind may look and act quite different upon your return!

Leaving a cat alone while at work
While the remote workforce is growing across the globe, more than 65% of adults today still work at a job outside the home.

If this describes you, you are likely gone at least four to five days per week for anywhere from eight to ten hours at a stretch, depending on your average daily commute time.

While this workday may seem long for you, at least you are occupied while you are away from home, which helps the hours to pass more quickly.

But unless you set up enrichment activities for your cat to enjoy while you are away, your kitty will literally have nothing productive to do while she waits for your return.

Depending on your cat’s breed, age, and health, this can drastically shorten the answer to “How long can you leave a cat alone?”

You should also be watchful for signs your cat is not faring well in your absence.

Changes in appetite, marking outside the litter box, weight loss, disinterest in grooming or favorite cat toys, odd behavior, and other signs can let you know your cat needs more companionship.

my cat alone for 3 days
Still, there may be times when you must leave your adult cat for overnight or longer. (Kittens younger than four months should not be left alone for more than four hours. … Cats who eat dry food that you can make readily available may be left on their own for 24-48 hours as long as freshwater is accessible as well.