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Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

June 1, 2017

Does your feline pal spend time by herself while you go off to earn money for cat food and kitty toys? Cats are very independent, and can be left alone during the day, or even overnight, as long as they have food, water, and clean litter. However, it is important to make sure that Fluffy is comfortable and entertained while you are away. Read on as a Carteret County, NC vet discusses leaving your cat home alone.


Fluffy will likely spend a good chunk of her time napping. Offer your sleepy feline plenty of comfy spots to choose from for her morning, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, and evening naps. You can buy pet beds, but you can also just fold up soft blankets and put them in wicker baskets or boxes. Fluffy will also benefit from having some cat furniture of her own.


Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to amuse herself with. A comfy window seat with a good view is great, as your furry friend can combine three of her favorite things: napping, sunbathing, and birdwatching. You can also get DVDs made just for kitties! Some kitties really love watching TV!


Kitties are notorious for getting into mischief, particularly when they are young. You’ll want to do some basic petproofing to keep your frisky pet safe. Remove or protect toxic plants; medicines; chemicals; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; ropes and cords, and anything small or sharp. Ask your vet for more information.


Always keep your feline friend’s comfort in mind. If you won’t be home before it gets dark, leave a light on, so Fluffy isn’t left sitting home alone in a dark house. We also recommend leaving a radio on: the sound of voices and music will soothe your furry pal, and keep her from feeling lonely.

Longer Trips

If you are just going away overnight, you can probably leave your kitty at home, as long as she has food, water, and a clean litterbox. For longer trips, we recommend boarding your furball. That way, you’ll know Fluffy is safe and sound, and you won’t have to worry about her getting into mischief while you are gone. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Carteret County, NC animal clinic, for all your cat’s boarding and veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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