We realize how hesitant you may be when leaving a kitten home alone, so Canyon Animal Hospital would like to help. In this post, our Laguna Beach 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 Laguna Beach 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 slowly increase the amount of time your kitten is alone, allowing them to gain some comfort with the idea of not having you around. This will help them adjust to being alone and prevent separation anxiety when you're gone for longer periods

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.

Provide Easily Accessible Food & Water

Access to plenty of fresh water and food is an absolute must. If you're going to be away for an extended period, consider getting an automatic feeder that will dispense small amounts of food at set intervals throughout your absence. Not only will having food frequently pop up occupy your kitten, but a full kitten is a happy kitten.

Keep Your Kitten Entertained

If your kitten can stay busy and entertained while you're gone, it will help them cope with your absence. Leave plenty of toys and entertainment for your kitty to enjoy while you're away. This could include catnip toys, interactive puzzles, or dangling toys that your kitten can 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 Canyon Animal Hospital aren't just veterinary professionals, we're pet parents too!

Leaving your kitten or cat of any age can be hard, but you are probably going to have to at some point. That's why training your cat to have the independence and confidence to be left alone is so important. Teaching your cat to be home alone can be an easy process when done correctly and with discipline, and it will give you the comfort of not having to worry about your cat while you're gone.

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 Laguna Beach vets to see if we have room to accommodate your feline friend!