Recommendations for leaving cats alone at home


Cats need various care from their owners, including affection and affection, because it is about social animals. Many times it is usually the pet chosen precisely because of its independence, however we should not get confused when leaving him alone for a long time and we should consider consulting with a family member or professional the option of leaving him with someone.

In Expert Animal we want to help you answer a very common question, How many days can I leave my cat alone at home? in general to know if you are going to suffer anxiety, what things can happen in our absence and many other related questions.

What can happen in our absence

You may think that the cat may be alone for several days at home during our absence, but is that convenient? The answer is no. There are several factors that we have to consider to know what risks we run:

It is usual to buy a larger drinking fountain so that the water can last about 3 days, however, it may happen that the cat do not accept this new drinking fountain and who doesn't want to drink from him or that spill the water. In these cases, the ideal is to keep your usual drinking fountain and add between 1 and 3 more drinkers throughout the house. The same will happen with the feeder. We should never change it before a prolonged absence, as it may happen that you do not want to eat in it.

We can consider buying a automatic dispenser of water or food, but we must always make sure a few weeks before our cat knows how to use it and that he eats or drinks without problems. We will never leave this type of product the same day we leave or a few days before.

Something very important to consider is that, if our cat likes to play hide and seek, stay locked in a closet or somewhere else I can't leave.

For all these reasons it is not recommended that you be alone more than one day. It would be ideal to consult with a family member or friend who visits our apartment on a daily basis to renew the water and ensure that the cat is well. A time of games would also be ideal for him not to suffer separation anxiety.

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When evaluating our vacations or retreats of more than 2 or 3 days we must consider these variables to avoid the feeling of loneliness in the cat.

  • Young cats who are already accustomed to, perhaps, a day of human absence, they will have no inconvenience if we maintain all their conditions, as if it were a normal day. We must never make them excessively dependent on us, it is part of a proper education that does not happen. There are felines who do not want to be left alone for a minute, which is due to different factors but, in particular, poor management by the owners. We must accustom them to small absences, starting with a few minutes to hours. Especially in young cats we can consider leaving all kinds of toys at home, especially those that are interactive or food dispensers. A good environmental enrichment will help you to entertain and less notice our absence.
  • Theadult cats They are the ones that usually manage our absences, especially if we have already made vacations before. Here it would also be advisable to use toys, although not being so active, perhaps they will be enough to receive a daily visit or every other day.
  • Elderly cats We may need more help, they may even need up to 2 visits a day. In these cases we evaluate that a person moves to our house to have more frequent attention and for longer periods. Asking the visitor to offer caressing sessions can be an excellent way to keep him happy. Let's not forget that in these cases it might even be advisable to leave you in an animal nursery where you receive all the attention you need.

The cat personality It will be a very important factor to consider. Adapting to your needs will be essential to ensure your well-being. There are cats excessively attached to us and others who demand a certain routine to be happy, such as their daily ration of wet food.

In the most serious cases, for example aggressive or territorial felines, we must assess how to manage the visits of the person who will come to our home every day. Ideally, make presentations a while before and try to associate the person in a positive way, with prizes or toys perhaps.

The sandbox, a problem apart

Within this section we must consider the sandpit cleaning. When the sanitary tray is very dirty, sometimes they stop using it. We know that cats are very clean and demanding with their hygiene, so we can leave you several trays in different places so that they always have clean sand, although, if a person spends every 24 hours and cleans it every few days it would not be necessary.

With the dirt of the tray there can be another more serious problem and it is, that our feline does not want to use it or dirty in another place, so it will hold the urine and we can lead to a urinary infection. This disease, like others, can happen to even the healthiest cat that has ever had anything. We must make visible the phone of our veterinarian so that the person who is going to keep you company and see something strange, can use it.

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All clean

Cats are clean by nature, your toilet is something you do not neglect. When it is not guaranteed, they often have bad times, because they feel that there is disorder in their environment.

It is important that we make sure that the box is completely clean. Do not limit yourself to just one, because when it is dirty you will not use it, two or three boxes of sand will guarantee more days of tranquility for our pet.

As well it is convenient to leave everything prepared to the person of trust That will visit our cat. The shovel, the bag and the sand have to be at your disposal so that every time you go to the house you can clean the box and leave it as new.

Closed house

To avoid those escapes that may arise from the usual feline curiosity It is important to check that doors and windows are tightly closed. It is feasible that the pet decides to explore if it gets a loophole where to leave the house, there is a risk that it will be lost or suffer an accident.

For safety, it is also convenient to keep toxic products and medications safe. The cat could have contact with them and get sick or even die from its effect.

Other options

If the idea of ​​leaving cats alone at home does not seem the most appropriate, other options can be evaluated. One is to take it to a friend's house, with the risk that the cat does not adapt and tries to escape. It could also damage the belongings of the shelter.

Although expensive, cat nurseries are another option. You have to evaluate aspects such as the presence of other animals that could bother you, the fact of being in another environment, away from home, can generate anxiety and a lot of stress.

These recommendations for leaving cats alone at home will benefit the pet and its owner. Putting them into practice will guarantee a better vacation for both.


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I do not recommend that you leave it alone as many things can happen to you.

when I went on a trip I left him in a cat pension, some veterinarians have them, he asks
There are people who know about that and they will give him the care they need.

Phobia to leave the cat alone at home


Elvira, Thank you for having your time to illustrate, with the invaluable advice of the Gatuna translation dictionary, I am already printing it to have it physically at hand. As for the problem of how to dispose of the holidays without prejudice to the cats, we while we had Katino, we simply give up on them. In your case with that large colony it is even more complicated, after all we only had one, but the fear of leaving it was only stronger than the desire to take vacations, so in Nine years were urban vacations, and we never regret it, as always refreshing affections for all of them and special pampering for the two little ones. Merlin, in countdown.

Good entry!
The truth is that I would not leave it in a residence either, I think it has to be very very stressful for the animal.

I have left the Umpa only alone once. It was only 3 days (two nights). A lot of water, a lot of food (he gave it plenty), ultra-clean sand (two boxes), come on, it seemed like I was going half a life. And I passed it. fatal. hehe I know he was there better than if he had taken it with me. The one that would have been better would be me. I could not stop regretting thinking that I would not find him alive or by chance. LOL. The truth is that the Umpa is not a normal cat, so frankly I imagined him drowned with anything inedible that he had tried to eat, or entangled in the TV cables. But I think that for them it is better this way, although it sure got bored like an oyster.

The rest of the time, when it has been a matter of a week or a little more, and it has been to go to my house, as they are only a couple of trips a year, I have taken it.

For me, the best option is the same as you:
-Leave it at home. I am satisfied that someone passes once a day, even if it was only a ratillo to see that everything is in order.

To a cat that I had many years ago I did take it to the beach for a couple of weeks, because it was still something small and I felt sorry for it. But the truth is that the trip is also usually stressful.

If he thought only of me, he would take it everywhere.
Thinking of them. it's better like this =)
That said, very interesting =)

Full feeders and drinking troughs

The most important thing is, of course, to leave a few full feeders and drinking troughs. Nowadays and increasingly it is easier to find dispensers - both food and water - for cats at low prices. Calculate the amount of food you will need, but just in case add something else. If your hairy has a tendency to get fat, you can buy toys that you can fill with your feed.

Depending on the age and weight of your friend, you may have to leave around six-seven feeders full, and some 4-5 drinkers.

As we know, cats are very clean and very demanding with their hygiene ... but also with their private bathroom. Therefore it is very important leave a few hygienic trays distributed by some corners of the house, so that when you return you will not find any surprise where it should not.

I also advise you to use a sand that absorbs the smell, such as silica beads or one that is made with sawdust.

Protect your cat

A boring cat can cause occasional destruction. A) Yes, you must avoid that the animal can bite wires or damage can be done. Ideally, you close the door of those rooms where you have the television or computer, and also the kitchen.

Finally, don't forget to leave a few toys So you can get distracted.