(Closed) Cat Owners: How long do you leave your cat alone during the day?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 61
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We have one cat, now 4 years old but I’ve had him since he was a kitten. He’s alone on an average weekday from 9am to 6 or 7pm. He’s just fine alone. I’m pretty sure he sleeps most of the day. If we’re traveling, he can even be left alone for 2 days, with someone stopping in every other day to give him more food, check water, change litter, pet him on the head, etc.

Post # 62
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Busy bee

Our cats are left alone 12 hours some days, but most are about 9 hours. They do perfectly fine. They get a little upset when they aren’t fed promptly at 5 pm on those 12 hours days but they’re fine lol. Depending on the cat, you could even free feed or get a feeder with a timer if you think you’re gone for too long! Just make sure to keep the litter box clean and good luck with adopting a kitty!

Post # 63
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Buzzing bee

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Kings7911:  We often have to be gone that long. Cats are pretty good at being alone, our cats deal with it well though sometimes we are between jobs and at home 24/7 so they get the good and bad of our scheudles both. 2 is better so they have company. If they are kittens though its good to be less busy during the time you are first bonding with them and they are babies… It’s hard for them to go right into 10-12 hours alone time and still end up cuddly with that loving personality you would want. Try to adopt them when you aren’t working as much so you can make them snuggly! 

Post # 64
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m completely paranoid about leaving my sniffles alone, so I got him a pet cam with a feeder and a game I can control from my phone. I can schedule his feeding time, watch him and get notified about his every move. Check it out – (link deleted by mod)

Post # 65
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Houston

I’ve had cats my whole life. They are mostly loners. Just give them lots of attention when you are home. They aren’t like dogs who need their owners by there side. 

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Houston

Post # 67
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

an adult cat should be fine although if you get two (especially family like siblings or parent and child groups that have been raised together) then they will keep each other company

im with mine most of the time however if we need to we can go away for weekends with no problem (in fact we could go 4 days really before needing to send someone in) we have 5 day feeder, a kibble dispense, a water dispenser, 2 bowls of food, two bowls of kibble and 2 bowls of water, 2 litter boxes and 3 cat beds (although they prefer our furniture or clothes/blankets to sleep on) and the temprature can be preset and timed – they keep each other company

 

edit… doh, old post that I had already commented on before embarassed

Post # 68
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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sscott06 :  That is a good looking crew!

Post # 69
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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Kings7911 :  I would think your cat would be fine as long as it had a bit of room to play and access to entertainment and food/water. Do make sure you’re not leaving him in too small of a space though…I accidentally left my kitty in a closet for a few hours (snuck in behind me and I didn’t know!) and she completely ripped up the carpet.

But, kept in the bedroom/bathroom with a few shades open to see out and food/water/litter box/a comfy place to nap, she does just fine all day. 

Post # 70
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We currently have two cats, I’ve had up to 3 at once. One of my previous cats certainly preferred to be the only one in the home. The rest of my cats have always enjoyed having a companion.  We have left our current boys for 4 days while camp. However we had my mum come on the 2nd and 3rd day to check on them and top of food/clean litter as needed. Im sure they would have been fine if she wasnt able to do that though. 

Post # 71
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Bumble bee

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Kings7911 :  Get 2 cats in this situation, assuming they are kittens or relatively social. They’ll entertain each other and you won’t need to feel guilty about leaving them alone.

I do not think that a single cat would do well in this situation, unless it is a “loner” type adult cat who prefers the space.  So if you end up going for 1, I’d make it clear to the rescue/shelter that this is the type of cat you need.

Post # 72
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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Kings7911 :  we have 2 cats, but we leave them alone from about 7:30am-4pm and they do perfectly fine. Sometimes they’re home alone for a lot longer. We just make sure someone is here to feed them, and if we go on a long-term trip (a week or 2) we have someone here staying with them. Cats do pretty well on their own, ours sleep most of the day. They’re most active at dawn and dusk.

Post # 73
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Guys, this is a old topic…pretty sure it got bumped to promote the pet camera linked above by poster.

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