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How Long Can You Leave A Cat Alone?

Cats are known for being independent creatures. They typically enjoy doing their own thing and keeping to themselves. However, domesticated cats do not want to be alone all of the time. If you leave your cat alone for too long, she may become unhappy or depressed. So, how long can you leave a cat alone?

One of the main reasons that people choose to adopt cats over dogs is because cats do not demand as much attention as dogs. If you work long hours or travel frequently, a cat would be a much better pet than a dog that requires training, lots of exercise and constant attention.

Studies have shown that cats do develop bonds with their owners and need affection just as much as other animals. If you've been wondering how long can you leave a cat alone, the answer may be shorter than you think.

How Long Can You Leave A Cat Alone?

how long can you leave a cat aloneAs I mentioned, cats are not as high maintenance as dogs when it comes to leaving them home alone. As long as your cat has a clean litter box, fresh water and sufficient food, he will be fine alone for the day when you’re gone to work.

Being gone for the day is one thing, but leaving your cat alone overnight will disrupt his routine and make him sad. With that said, you can leave your cat alone for up to 24 hours. In the event of an emergency or if you just have to stay away for a night once in a while, your cat will be okay until you get back. She'll just need some extra attention when you come home.

If you’re considering leaving your cat alone for an extended period of time, you should plan to have someone check in with your feline friend at least once every 24 hours. If the water dish gets knocked over, your cat gets an upset stomach or there is another issue that needs immediate attention, you don’t want your poor cat to have to wait days for your return.

If a neighbor, friend or family member cannot check on your cat, consider hiring a pet sitter. A pet sitter will come into your home once or multiple times per day to check on your cat. They will make sure that she has fresh food and water, play with her and give her some affection and attention. While your cat will surely miss you, this will keep her happy until you return home.

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Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.