How long can a cat stay home alone?

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Cats They can stay home aloneAble to withstand periods of loneliness, But with limitations. Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. The theme of cat loneliness is much debated, but often it is one of the most misunderstood. In fact, it’s one thing to talk about it in terms of tolerance for moments of isolation, quite another to think about the effects of loneliness in a cat’s life.

We humans are scared by loneliness because we are a highly social species, which gives roots to the same construction of individual personality as a function of social relations throughout its existence. But the only way to express and experience our sociality. Dogs, for example, reveal another model: group life and the relationships between them are central. He thinks in a coordinated manner and what he does and thinks is based on the interests of the group with which he is involved. There is another social model of cats that is based on extended time Solo activity (Which does not mean to be isolated and inactive) is sometimes interrupted by friendly social encounters whose goal is to ensure relationships and, in some cases, even coordination within a shared territory.

In other words, the social structure of the cat takes him Tolerates moments of loneliness very wellWhen you need it. This does not mean that we can leave a family cat alone for as long as we want. Cats know how to handle loneliness but only as long as it is not hostile to the absence of care, social communication, stimulation, relationships. And on the other hand, the higher the risk, the more true we have built a relationship of dependence with them.

At what age can cats be alone?

The only answer to the common question about how long a cat can live alone is to make a stark difference. A first inequality is given by age: Kittens under one year of age cannot be left alone for long Because it negatively affects their personality building process, especially from a social point of view. Think of a 15-year-old man growing up isolated in his bedroom and you get an idea of ​​the impact.

On the other hand i Older cats Or in any case cats need constant support because they are under therapy, because they have a disability or special needs, may need constant monitoring and may therefore be bad candidates for short-term loneliness.

How long can a cat be alone?

However, this does not mean that healthy young or adult cats can be left alone without any problems. How long will we stay away? And is the absence temporary, one-off (maybe during the year off?) Or are we talking about loneliness that lasts day after day, at least 5 days a week, 10-12 hours a day? Because these parameters affect very differently, even on young and strong cats.

These, in fact, can withstand even a few days of absence. A 2-3 days They do not necessarily require cat-sitter intervention, especially if you are not a concerned person and cats are autonomous in food.

There is another issue Everyday loneliness This is due to the fact that the house is uninhabited, immovable, unchanging, 10-12 hours a day and it is almost every day or almost of its life, without the possibility of creating or finding alternative experiences. He sleeps all day because everything around him is very familiar and he becomes active when he hears the sound of the door opening because the family man represents the only resource capable of animating his day. This condition, which is configured as a genuine addiction, can quickly escalate – especially during adolescence. Indifference, frustration and social self-isolation The reason, at a very deep level, is the complete silence of any underlying motivation, for the absence of interest, but above all, for the opportunity to cultivate the species.

How to leave a cat alone at home

Leaving the cat alone at home for a few days will suffice Add a few liters (How many will depend on the number of cats), a few Large bowl and extra waterBe sure to leave it at their disposal Some games and activities. No other major changes are needed: after all, that is how cats stay in their normal environment.

Alternatively or If the absence is exceeded a weekend timeYou can opt for an engagement cat-sitter Visit them 1-2 times a day and clean bowls and litter boxes as well as entertain them and give them some social warmth, helping to break the inevitable monotony of isolation in their apartment.

Regarding the option of pension or hospitality with an acquaintance, it should be considered that no matter how welcome it may be, the emotional cost of relocation is for cats, regional and habitual equal superiority, more than staying at home, their safety and the smell in them. , Unless the option is part of the cat’s routine.

Adopting another cat is not always the solution

Very often it is thought that the solution to a cat’s lonelinessTaking a second cat, An idea that is evidenced by the idea of ​​two cats playing and chasing each other, “keeping company”. However, the experience shared among all operators who work on human-cat relationships is that sexual intercourse between cats, especially those known in adulthood, is not at all clear. Rarely is the solution to one cat’s loneliness another cat because, insignificantly, it cannot be assumed that a friendly relationship has developed between the two. Sometimes the problem gets bigger Even, due to the growing animosity between the two cats. Other times, over time, adopting the second cat translates into a combination of solitude for both, if both are placed in a context that is depressing though.

When to contact a cat-sitter?

Can you think of ways to avoid loneliness like a dog that is guaranteed to be visited twice or twice a day by someone who pays for it? Would using a cat-sitter that comes once or twice a day to entertain cats become a long-distance, everyday choice? I never really thought about it: let’s talk about an animal Likes predictability E of its environment She likes to interact with her acquaintances But I think, if reunited, he can become accustomed to the “intrusion” of a stranger once a day to keep him company and confuse him a bit. However, these are not supportive solutions and accessible to all Perhaps the question we should begin to ask ourselves is: The parameters on the basis of which we decide to adopt a cat, the quantity and the loneliness that will be imposed will not be reviewed to give the correct weight. Is it by our lifestyle?

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