Leaving Your Feline Friend Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

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Cats are well known for being a bit more aloof than dogs.
They tend to prefer their space, and many of them seem to be fond of alone
time. So when you’re preparing to leave on a weekend trip, a vacation, or even
just an overnight out of town, you might consider the possibility of leaving
your feline friend alone for a while. But how long is too long? Before you
decide on the best care options for your pet during your absence, consider a
few important factors.


Cats are highly intelligent, and they can be deeply bonded
to their owners. Though they may not show affection as readily as other pets,
such as dogs, their owner’s departure can affect them significantly. Some cats
take an owner’s lengthy absence very hard, engaging in anxiety behaviors or
acting out in unusual ways.

Consider scheduling a cat visit or two for your pet, even
during a short absence. The presence of another human to offer kind words and
care may alleviate some of your cat’s worries.

The Litter Box

Even if your cat can handle being alone for a couple of days
with minimal emotional stress, he or she won’t enjoy using a filthy litter box
during that time period. Cats have standards of cleanliness and propriety, and
if those standards aren’t being met, they may engage in protest behaviors, such
as relieving themselves outside the box.

It’s recommended to scoop feces out of a cat’s litter box
once daily, or more often if there’s an especially smelly mess. Of course, this
poses a problem if you’re absent for a while—another reason why leaving your
cat alone for more than 24-36 hours is not a good idea.


Purchase a new cat toy or two that will catch your feline
friend’s interest and provide hours of amusement while you’re away. Tracks with
light-up balls that race around them, ripple rugs, Cat Dancer Chasers, mylar
crinkle balls, spring toys, puzzles, or even a set of cardboard boxes will be
fascinating for your cat.

Leaving the radio or TV on can also give your cat something
to watch or listen to, providing a sense of companionship thanks to those human
voices.  Catnip toys are also fun, but be
sure they are well-sewn so your cat can rip them apart in your absence and
choke on any of the string or parts.

Safety and Medical

What if your pet is injured or becomes ill while you’re
gone? Even if you’ve prepared the house, left out food and water, and ensured
that there’s a fresh bed of litter, your cat could still have an emergency.
Have a friend or pet sitter stop by to check on your pet, and be sure to leave
vet contact information on the counter in case of emergency.

If you’re planning a trip, contact the pet lovers at Waggy
Tail Pet Care to arrange drop-in cat visits for your feline friends!  We’ll spend 30 or 60 minutes with your pet,
providing clean water, fresh food, and companionship. Your pet sitter will also
clean out the litter box, take out any related trash, and administer any
necessary medication to your fur babies. If you like, we’ll water the plants and
do some light sweeping of the cat hair in the main living spaces. Plus, we’ll
provide you with a report and photos of the visit! Schedule your cat’s pet
now, before you leave, so you can enjoy your time away
knowing that your feline friend is being loved on and well cared for.

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