Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Kitties are very independent, which is one reason they are such popular pets. Fluffy will be just fine staying by herself while you go to work. However, although cats are very self-sufficient, they’re also quite emotional, and a bit prone to mischief. When leaving Fluffy home alone, you’ll want to take some steps to keep your feline buddy happy and healthy. Here, a Michigan City, IN vet discusses leaving cats home alone.


Fluffy will probably spend a chunk of her alone time sleeping, but she can’t snooze all day. Your furry pal will get bored and stressed with nothing to do but stare at the walls! Offer your kitty lots of fun toys, and give her things to explore, like paper grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and pet tents.


Many kitties love looking out windows. Make sure your cat has a comfy spot with a good view. If you have blinds, you may want to keep these rolled up and get a different type of window treatment. Fluffy sometimes tries to go through blinds. This not only ruins blinds, it can also be dangerous. You don’t want your pet getting entangled!


Speaking of danger, we recommend doing some kittyproofing. Toxic plants, chemicals, and medications can all make cats very sick if ingested! You’ll also want to remove or secure anything that Fluffy could choke or get tangled up in. This includes things like plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; small objects; and anything with ropes or cords. Sharp items should also be kept out of paws’ reach. Finally, make sure that your windows, doors, and screens close securely.


Don’t forget about Fluffy’s comfort! When it’s hot or cold out, leave climate control running for her. If you won’t be home before dark, turn a light on. It’s also a good idea to turn a TV or radio on. The background noise will offer your kitty mental stimulation, and can keep her from feeling lonely.


Even the most independent feline really shouldn’t be left alone for too long. If you’ll be away for more than a day, have someone stop in and check on Fluffy. Or, better yet, consider boarding her. Kittens, senior cats, and furballs with medical issues are also best being boarded or with a kitty sitter.

Please contact us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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