Leaving cats alone

Cats, Welfare

As independent as they are, cats still crave attention and interaction. Plus, they can get into all kinds of trouble when left home alone. Dangling cables, poisonous plants, chemicals, plastic bags and motion-activated electronics such as paper shredders—all these things pose a threat to your feline explorer.

Regardless of their reputation, cats do get lonely when they are left unattended for long periods of time. Research proves that cats are social beings that form strong bonds with their owners.

Unfortunately, feline separation anxiety often goes unnoticed until it becomes severe. Unlike dogs with separation anxiety, cats will not trash your entire home or annoy the neighbours with loud barking. But your cat may start acting more clingy, stop using the litter box and meowing excessively.

How long can you leave a cat alone?

How long you can leave your cat alone depends on their personality and habits. Other factors are the environment, their health and their age.

Cat's age

Time Alone

Under 4 months 2-4 hours
4-5 months 5 hours
6 months 8 hours
Healthy grown-up cats 24-48 hours


Keep in mind that this is the maximum amount of time you should leave your cat home alone. Beyond this time, you should get somebody to check up on them.

It’s vital that your pet has enough food, fresh water and a safe place to sleep. Also put away any sharp items, human food and poisonous plants.

Once you have covered the basics, make sure your cat has enough stimulation to keep them from getting bored. High posts next to windows, scratch posts, and music for cats will all help.

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