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3 Things To Do Before Leaving Your Kitten Alone

 by jaime on 16 Aug 2014 |
6 Comment(s)
Owners that bring home a new pet often liken the situation to bringing home a new child. A new baby requires a lot more attention, but new pets create a lot of change in the average routine as well. Welcoming a new kitten into your home comes with challenges, and one of the most difficult challenges arises when it is time to return to work.
 
The first time you leave your kitten home alone you are no doubt nervous about what is going to happen. Will the kitten whine all day and perhaps become distressed? Perhaps it will become bored and destroy things around the home. Even worse, an untrained kitten may leave messes everywhere but in the litter box. How can you prepare your kitten to be home alone for the first time?
 
1. Control access
The absolute worst thing you can do is leave the house for first time and allow your kitten to have free range throughout the house. It is important to establish a safe, but confined, environment for it to spend the day in until you return. There are several ways of doing this, but the easiest is to simply confine it to one room. It goes without saying that bathrooms, closets, and other small rooms are a poor choice.
 
Select a bedroom or office in the home, or better yet the laundry room, where your kitten can spend the day. Create a safe environment by removing anything from the room that the kitten could harm itself playing with, or destroy if it becomes too playful. Examples of items to remove include glass vases, bottles, and cleaning supplies with harmful chemicals.
 
2. Provide entertainment
Now that you have selected an environment for your kitten to spend the day in, you'll need to provide it with some entertainment. Just because you have locked the kitten in one room does not mean it is going to magically behave because you removed all of the dangers. Leave an array of toys out for the kitten to play with. It would be a good idea to invest in a scratching post and climbing house for the kitten's room. This provides an outlet for any destructive tendencies, while also providing it with a task (climbing) to do during the day.
 
3. Don't forget necessities
If there is one advantage to owning kittens over puppies, it is the ability of kittens to use the bathroom indoors without (necessarily) making a mess. Before you leave your kitten home all day in its safe environment, move its litter box into the room so that it can use the bathroom when needed without going wherever it pleases.
 
Additionally, don't forget to leave food and water dishes out in the room. Cats are grazing eaters, so it is difficult to feed them before you leave and then again when you return home. Leave a bowl in the room with some dry food in it for your kitten to munch on when it gets hungry. It's natural to get thirsty while eating, so don't forget to leave a bowl of water out for your kitten as well.
 
Some of these habits can change as your kitten matures. Without question, the most important step to follow with a kitten being left home for the first time is a controlled environment. Older cats tend to behave well with access to the entire home. Kittens are rambunctious and prone to mischief though, so it would be foolish to allow them more than one room to roam in during your absence.

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Comment(s)6

Carsen - Comment
Carsen10 Dec 2017Reply
This website is so much help I’m about to get a 8 week old kitten now I know what to do thank you
Jessica - Comment
Jessica10 Dec 2017Reply
Me too! I’m so frightened to leave her when I get her, I feel as if I should take the week off work!
nicole  - Comment
nicole 01 Apr 2018Reply
this is helped a lot but am getting a 9 week old kitten so worried about leaving it at home alone?
Michelle - Comment
Michelle16 Apr 2018Reply
My 7 week old kitten is very rambunctious. I read some of these posts and it is very helpful.
Johanna Guppy - Comment
Johanna Guppy24 Jul 2018Reply
I left my 9 week old kitten at home today in one room with all the items described above. I had to go back to work. He has had 4 days with me since I got him. I'll let you know tomorrow how it went! I left him for a couple of hours yesterday and he was fine.
Kelly - Comment
Kelly24 Jul 2018Reply
How did it go? I just got mine 3 months old kitten two days ago. I have spent the last two whole days with him. Tomorrow I will have to leave her alone for 8 hours for the first time.
Kaitlin Cameron - Comment
Kaitlin Cameron03 Aug 2018Reply
I live in a bachelor apartment and I’m nervous about leaving my new 8 week old kitten in the apartment by himself. Everything thing I read says to confine him into one room but the only room I would be able to do that with would be the bathroom and that doesn’t seem right.
Any suggestions?
Lindsay  - Comment
Lindsay 10 Aug 2018Reply
I am fostering 3 abandoned ~8week old kittens and I don't have a spare room for them. So I bought a large playpen with a lid (google pet playpen) that I have had them in for the last 2 weeks while I'm at work or sleeping. They come out first thing in the mornings while I get ready for about an hour and then all night when I'm home from work.

My question is, is it OK to keep three 8week old kittens confined in the playpen for 8 hours while I sleep and then 9 hours while I'm at work?! They used to cry when I put them back in but now they don't even seem to mind... Of course it has a litter box, food, water, and lots of toys.

Thanks!
Ashleigh - Comment
Ashleigh10 Aug 2018Reply
I would find it wrong. Kittens need attention. I have a kitten who’s 9 weeks and he likes to sleep with me and my fiancé. They need to be able to explore. Because when it comes time for someone to adopt them they will most likely run and hide in the new environment. They won’t want attention they will be scared and confused. Kittens need cuddles and to be played with not caged up 24/7. Your fostering them for a reason. If you can’t give them the attention that’s required find them a new foster home
lay - Comment
lay10 Aug 2018Reply
If there's 3 they have each other to keep company and with
Lindsay  - Comment
Lindsay 10 Aug 2018Reply
Update: I let them roam free at 9 weeks. They were extremely friendly and well socialized and one even learned to fetch!! Insta: @pawsome_kittens_check_meowt

But your comment really bothers me. Do you think every foster parent doesn't work and doesn't sleep and spends all day with them?! I hardly think the life they lived with me was worse than being abandoned, locked in their carrier with no food outside a dumpster.
Rose - Comment
Rose10 Aug 2018Reply
@Lindsay - I agree 100%. That's silly to presume that every foster parent works from home, doesn't work or is retired. It's also basically stating that nobody that works can adopt a kitten because they have to stay home with it. I would think that as long as you had toys to keep them entertained and it was only for a little while until they got acclimated and your house kitten proofed, it would be just fine.

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