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Leaving a Kitten Home Alone for the First Time

We realize how hesitant you may be when leaving a kitten or cat home alone, especially if it's the first time, so Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital would like to help. In this post, our Scottsdale vets share some tips and advice on how you can prepare for leaving a kitten alone for the first time.

Tips to Help Your Kitten Stay Safe & Happy Home Alone

While it's important to allow your kitten or cat to have some independence as they grow, you want to know that they will be comfortable and safe in your absence. Below, our Scottsdale veterinary team shares some tips and tricks so you can feel confident that your kitten will be safe and happy while they're home alone.

Gradually Increase the Time They're Alone

By gradually increasing the amount of time your kitten is left alone, you allow them to get used to the idea without being overwhelmed and alone for too long right out of the gate. Start by leaving your kitten alone for short periods, such as ten or fifteen minutes.

You can then gradually increase the amount of time your kitten spends alone, allowing them to become comfortable with the idea of not having you around. This will help them adjust to being alone and prevent separation anxiety when you leave for an extended period of time.

Tire Them Out

If your kitten is tuckered out before you leave, they may just sleep through the entire time you're gone. Even if they don't sleep the entire time, they may be too tired to get themselves into any real trouble. Try using a laser pointer and have them chase the dot, or simply play one of their favorite games for ten to twenty minutes before you leave.

Ensure They Are in a Safe Place

Make sure that the rooms your kitten has access to are safe and comfortable by 'kitten-proofing' them before you leave. Remove any potential hazards, such as toxic plants or loose cords, and ensure that windows and doors are securely closed.

You should also remember that kittens are often able to access countertops, tables, and shelves due to their agility and curiosity. To kitten-proof these surfaces, consider using double-sided tape, aluminum foil, or citrus-scented sprays as deterrents. Additionally, ensure all potentially hazardous items are securely stored away in cabinets or drawers.

Provide Easily Accessible Food & Water

Access to plenty of fresh water and food is absolutely necessary. If you'll be away for an extended period of time, consider purchasing an automatic feeder that will dispense small amounts of food at regular intervals during your absence. Not only will having food available on a regular basis keep your kitten entertained, but a full kitten is a content kitten.

Keep Your Kitten Entertained

If you can keep your kitten busy and entertained while you're away, it will help them cope with your absence. Leave plenty of toys and entertainment for your cat to enjoy while you are away. This could include catnip toys, interactive puzzles, or dangling toys for your kitten to hit and bat around.

Monitor Your Furry Friend

If you are very worried about leaving your feline friend alone, ask a friend or family member to check in on them. This will help to give you peace of mind knowing that your companion is happy and safe.

Consider a Pet Boarding Facility

If you need to be away all day or overnight, or even for more than five or six hours, pet boarding may be an ideal solution. Be sure to check out a few pet boarding options near you, and reap the benefits of knowing your kitten is in safe and experienced hands.

Growth & Independence Are a Positive Step Forward

Our team at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital aren't just veterinary professionals, we're pet parents too!

It can be difficult to leave your kitten or cat, regardless of age, but you will most likely have to do so at some point. That is why it is critical to train your cat to be self-sufficient and confident when left alone. Teaching your cat to be home alone can be a simple process if done correctly and with discipline, and it will provide you with the peace of mind of not worrying about your cat while you are away.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you looking for a boarding facility for your cat or kitten while you're away? Contact our Scottsdale vets to see if we have room to accommodate your feline friend!

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