Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Does your kitty stay by herself when you go off to earn money for pet food and cat toys? If so, Fluffy certainly isn’t the only one. Many of our feline friends spend quite a bit of time by themselves while their owners are out. However, it is important to make sure your pet stays happy, healthy, and safe while you are away. Read on as a local Rochester, NY vet offers tips on leaving your cat home alone.

Toys

Your feline pal could get bored and restless with nothing to do, so be sure to offer plenty of safe, suitable toys for her to play with. Fluffy will also enjoy some kitty furniture, and a comfy window seat with a good view.

Petproofing

Cats can be very playful little furballs. However, your kitty’s adorable frisky streak can get her into trouble. To make sure that your home is safe for Fluffy, remove or secure toxic plants; plastic bags and wrappers; medications; small or sharp objects; wires and cords; and household and automotive products. Ask your vet for more information.

Kitty Comforts

There are some simple things you can do to keep that little motor going. First, make sure your furball has plenty of soft beds to snuggle up in. After all, Fluffy may very well spend the majority of her alone time napping. If you are going to be gone after dark, leave a light on, so your kitty isn’t left alone in a dark house. Your cat may also feel more comfortable—and less lonely—with a TV or radio on. Last but not least, don’t forget to keep your climate control on. You don’t want your furry pal getting too hot or too cold.

Longer Absences

Most healthy, adult cats are fine by themselves for a day or two. However, if you are going to be gone longer than that, have a friend or family member stop in to check on your kitty, or consider boarding her. Cats have an amazing ability to get themselves into trouble, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If Fluffy is a kitten, a senior, or has health issues, consult your vet before leaving her by herself.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please feel free to contact us, your Rochester, NY pet clinic, anytime.