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Tips for Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

One great thing about kitties is that they are quite independent. Unlike dogs, cats can be left alone for short periods of time. When leaving your kitty alone, you’ll want to take steps to make sure she stays safe, comfortable, and healthy in your absence. In this article, a Greenwood, IN veterinarian offers advice on leaving Fluffy home by herself.

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Your feline friend may spend a good chunk of time napping every day, but even the sleepiest cat can’t doze all the time. Give your kitty plenty of fun toys to play with while you’re gone. Don’t leave wand or string toys out, though: your frisky furball could get entangled in the string. Most cats enjoy watching birds and squirrels, so make sure Fluffy has at least one comfy spot with a good window view.

Comfort

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but kitties are actually quite emotional, and can become very attached to their owners. Some even suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. Leave a radio or TV on for Fluffy. The sound of music or human voices can help soothe her. If your feline buddy gets extremely anxious, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as sprays. It’s also important to make sure your furry pal has plenty of comfy napping spots.

Food/Water

We recommend leaving at least two water dishes out. That way, if Fluffy knocks one over or soils the water, she’ll still have fresh water. You can also get an automated waterer. Kibble lasts longer than wet food, but it will still get dry and dusty after a few days. Canned food, on the other hand, needs to be refreshed daily, as it will spoil quickly. If you’re going away for more than a day or so, ask a friend or family member to check on your furball and give her fresh food and water.

Cat Proofing

Never underestimate the capacity of a cat to get into trouble! Before leaving, make your home as cat-proof as possible. Remove or secure anything that could poison, cut, choke, or entangle your feline friend. This includes plastic bags; wires and cords; small items, such as buttons, and toxic plants and chemicals.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your Greenwood, IN animal hospital, today. We are here to help!

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