Leaving Your Cat Home Alone

Cat Left Home Alone

How long can a cat be left home alone? Its a question often asked, and although cats don’t require daily walks like dogs, being around them does matter more than you think.

Regardless, there may be times when you must leave your home overnight or for even longer periods of time. The length of time you can leave a cat alone depends on the cat, their diet and your environment. Cats who eat dry food can be left alone for multiple days as long as fresh water is available to them. Beyond a few days, the water may get too dirty to drink and the litter box may be too full for your cat.


Automated Pet Feeder

There are many automated pet feeders available that will provide the necessary amount of food at specific times throughout the day.

Drinking Water

Fill your cats water bowl before you leave as well as leave extra bowls of water around your home. Another option is a pet water fountain which will aerate the water enticing a cat to drink more often.

Backup Litter Box

Without someone scooping out the litter box, it will fill up quickly. Its possible your cat will be discouraged from using it and decide to soil someplace else in your home. Placing a second litter box next to your regular litter box will give your cat an alternative if your away for an extended period of time.


One of the best ways to entertain a cat while away is by leaving the radio or TV on. The constant sound will help them from feeling so alone while you are away.

Pet Sitter

One of the best options while being away from your home is the use of a Pet / Cat sitter. Having someone visit your home once or twice a day to feed and play with your cat, as well as help scoop the litter box, will server both you and your cat well. It will remove any worries that you have about your cat, knowing they are being properly taken care of. It will also provide your cat with the necessary attention and care that they need to maintain a happy and healthy few days while you are away.

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