How Long Can You Leave Cats Alone?
In this article I will deal with the question how long can you leave cats alone (before he/she misses you or might get concerned if you are coming back?)
Well, let us find out!
Finally, after one year of working nonstop, you have a few days or even weeks of vacation, yeah!
You and your spouse planned a trip leaving what might remind you of work behind and focus on vacation. But wait! What about your little family member? You have to make sure somebody takes care of him/her.
If you don’t cope well with the idea to leave your cat for more than a night/complete day and night, why not taking her/him to a boarding facility? They are specialized in taking care of your fella in the best way possible. Sure it costs money on the one hand, but on the other hand you can go on your trip with the ease of mind she/he is well taken care of, right?
Well, according to Pam Johnson-Bennett, a cat’s behavior consultant and owner of Çat Behavior Associates, LLC (link to the site) has a different opinion about that. Her take to the subject matter is: “When cats are placed in a boarding facility, they get the double whammy of not having the cat parents around as well as losing their territory.”
Because cats seem to not bother if or if you are not present is a false impulse, because they do care and they need interaction too. They need and want you to play with them and give them the feeling that you love them and care for them. That is why it is not a really good reason why you would leave her/him for more than a day or two.
Anxiety Problems of a Cat and What You Can Do to Ease Those
Some cats do not cope well when left alone for a longer period of time. They start getting anxious.
What you can do to reduce the chances of anxiety is using a pheromone plug-in (link to an amazon product). This device uses artificial pheromones to help your cat to stay calm in a time of your absence. Another possibility is to leave the TV on.
Cats are In Desire of Routine
To answer the question how long your cat can be alone? According to Johnsson-Bennett, “Cats should never be left alone for more than 24 hours without having someone check on their well-being. In addition to help on with unexpected illness or injury the caregiver will help keep your cat in a routine, which is important because cats are creatures of habit.” “It will be less stressful for the cat if a normal routine is maintained in terms of having the litter box scooped regularly, food served at normal times, and some degree of normal activity at home, “Johnson-Bennett says.
This goes along with Meister-Yetter (also a cats’ expert and owner of 4 cats) who agrees 100% with Johnson-Bennett’s statement. Additionally feeding and scooping the cat’s litter box, she recommends to also attend the cat at least 15-30 minutes playing with him/her.
As well it is important to keep the routine close in time. In your time of absence avoiding time gap of the previous feeding is important. Cats need to have a routine.
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