Find out how long a cat can be left alone at home

It is common for cat owners to celebrate their pets’ independence, suggesting that they are “able to wash themselves” and can spend long days without any company. Although cats are indeed animals characterized by their autonomy, they should not be abused.

The specialized portal Felyway reminded that an adult cat (three to six years old) can be left alone for 24 to 48 hours if it has sufficient resources. If the cat is only about eight weeks old, it should not be left to fend for itself. Of course, it is important to consider other details.

“If you plan to leave your cat alone for the first time, at any age, be sure to do so gradually and start by leaving the house for short periods at a time. You can increase the duration once you are sure your cat will manage on its own,” Felyway said.

Before going outside, pet owners should ensure that their pet’s environment is safe, dry and comfortable, that there are no electrical wires in which they could accidentally become entangled, that he has enough space to run and climb, and that he has enough food and fluids to eat and drink while he is away.

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How long can a cat be left home alone?

Another great option is to hire someone – or ask a friend – to visit the animal and check if it is in good condition. Cats can usually be on their own for 48 hours, but it is not advisable to leave them alone longer, as they may run out of food or water and their litter box will become almost unusable.

In Spain, for example, the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 has determined that cats cannot be left unattended for more than three days.

It should be noted that cats, like other animals, can suffer from anxiety when unaccompanied. In addition, according to a study by the University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, one in ten cats suffers from separation anxiety, and this anxiety is accentuated when its owner is not at home.

“It is vital to prevent this, as the consequences of anxiety attacks can lead to periods of poor eating, as well as other health problems,” indicates the AS log.

Finally, if the cat is very old, it is not advisable to leave it alone at home, as this can lead to a high level of stress. “Senior cats tend to need even more affection and companionship, so it’s best to leave them in a cat home or with a family member,” said Global Mascota.

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