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Leaving Your Cat Alone

July 1, 2020

Cats are very independent. Or, at least that’s what they’d like us to think. Fluffy is a very capable hunter, and she doesn’t actually need anything from us. Regardless, these cute furballs have made their way into our hearts and homes. One reason that our feline pals do so well as pets is the fact that you can leave them alone for short periods. However, there are times when it’s better to bring your furry buddy to a kennel. Here, a San Antonio, TX vet discusses when to leave your pet home, when to bring her with you, and when to board.

When to Leave Fluffy Home

Unless you have the most pampered kitty on the planet, Fluffy will probably stay home while you go to work. That’s purrfectly fine! You don’t have to rush home to walk your feline pal. However, you do want to make sure that she won’t get uncomfortable, lonely, or bored. Offer her lots of toys, and some things to explore, like boxes and paper bags. A safe, comfortable window seat will also keep your pet happy. Many cats are also fine by themselves for a single night.

When to Board

We usually recommend boarding if you’ll be gone for more than a day or so. This is just much safer than leaving your cat home alone for extended periods of time! This is just as important for Fluffy’s emotional well-being as it is for her physical health. Cats get very depressed if they are left alone too long. This can throw Fluffy off her food, which can very quickly escalate into severe medical issues. We also recommend always boarding kittens, senior cats, and furballs with medical issues.

When to Bring Her With You

If you’re going away for more than a few weeks, you may want to bring Fluffy along with you, if you can. Kitties can get very attached to their humans! Of course, this one very much depends on where you’re going. If you’re going to stay with friends or family for a few months, or working out of a different city for a while, try to bring your furry friend with you. If you’re headed to an archeological dig in the desert, boarding is still going to be the better option. 

Do you need to board your cat? Contact us, your San Antonio, TX vet clinic, today! 

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