What is a recommended time peroid to leave a new cat alone?
Have a 3 month old kitten and I am afraid to keep it alone for long periods, like work or church. What is recommended for young cats regarding time away?
on Aug 23rd 2012
in Separation Anxiety
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Most cats don't need the same companionship that dogs do. However, when a cat suffers separation anxiety, it can manifest itself in urine marking and other destructive behavior. Leaving for an hour to go to church shouldn't pose a problem unless your worship involves many hours away. First, "baby"proof your house. Make sure all vent and other holes in the wall are covered. If your kitten likes to chew, cover all electrical cords or unplug them. If you have plants, make sure they aren't of the toxic variety. If you leave a window open, make sure Baby can't get through the screen. If you can, purchase a large, carpeted Kitty Condo for him/her to climb on. Most cats won't play with toys by themselves, but when you're home, overload her with attention. If you must be gone for very long periods, perhaps a friend or relative could check on her once a day. Shutting the cat up in a room should be a last resort, only if your home is not compatible with an animal being left on its own.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 8/23/12. Helpful? / 0