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Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Does your cat stay home while you go to work? Fluffy is quite independent, and can do just fine by herself for short periods of time. However, there are some things you can do to keep your pet happy, comfortable, and purring when she is home alone. In this article, a Wake Forest, NC vet discusses leaving your kitty by herself.

Entertainment

As you might expect, Fluffy will spend a good deal of her day napping. However, even the drowsiest kitty can’t sleep all the time. Make sure your pet has entertainment options for when she is actually awake. Toys are a must, of course. Your cat will also enjoy a comfy window seat, where she can relax and watch birds and squirrels. You can even get your feline pal an automated laser pointer, a robotic mouse, or some DVDs made for kitties.

Purrniture

If there’s one thing kitties are good at, it’s getting comfortable. Fluffy certainly won’t mind curling up on your couch or bed for a nap. However, our feline friends really appreciate having some things that were made just for them. Offer your cat plenty of comfy pet beds and some kitty furniture, like a cat tower or pet tent.

Kittyproofing

Never underestimate Fluffy’s ability to get herself into trouble! We recommend doing some basic kittyproofing. Remove or protect toxic plants; wires and cords; plastic bags and ties; small or sharp objects; household chemicals; and medicines. Ask your vet for more information.

Keeping Fluffy Comfortable

Always keep Fluffy’s comfort in mind. If you won’t be home before nightfall, turn a light on, so your pet isn’t left alone in a dark house. Also, keep your climate control on, so Fluffy doesn’t get too hot or too cold. Leaving a radio or TV on for your kitty will also help, as the sound of music and voices will soothe her and help keep her from feeling lonely.

Extended Visits

Most cats can be left alone overnight, or even for a weekend. However, if you’ll be gone longer than that, or if your pet is a kitten, senior, or has health issues, have someone check on Fluffy and give her fresh food and water. Boarding is another option. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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