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Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

June 15, 2019
Cats are very independent, which is one of the many reasons they make such great pets. However, while you can leave a kitty by herself for longer than you could a dog, it’s important to remember that house cats aren’t entirely self-sufficient. Read on as a Des Moines, IA vet offers tips on leaving your feline buddy home alone.


We know, cats seem to really thrive on doing as little as possible. However, even the laziest furball can—and will—get bored with nothing to do but stare at the walls. Make sure your kitty has lots of toys to play with. Get Fluffy some toys she can use alone, like catnip mice. A good window view can also help keep your pet occupied. After all, birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite activities!


Cats are notorious for getting into trouble. Take steps to make your home safe for Fluffy by removing anything that could be dangerous. This includes toxic plants, wires and cords, plastic bags and ties, chemicals, medications, and anything small or sharp. Make sure your windows and screens close tightly, and put string toys away, so your kitty doesn’t get tangled up in them.


Small touches can make a big difference when it comes to keeping a kitty purring. If you won’t be home before dark, leave a light on for your kitty. No one likes sitting alone in a dark room! You may also want to leave a TV or radio on for Fluffy. The background noise will soothe her, so she doesn’t feel lonely. If you really want to pamper your pet, buy or stream some shows made just for cats. Some of our feline pals really enjoy watching documentaries about birds and squirrels!

Extended Absences

Cats are usually fine by themselves for short periods of time, as long as they have food and water. However, for anything longer than an overnight trip, we recommend either boarding or getting a petsitter. This isn’t just important for safety, but also for Fluffy’s well-being. Kitties get very lonely and anxious if they’re left alone too long! It’s also worth noting that kittens, senior cats, and furballs with health issues should not be left alone very long. Ask your vet for more information. Do you need to schedule boarding for your pet? Contact us, your Des Moines, IA vet clinic, today!

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