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Comments On - Do Cats Get Lonely If Left Home Alone All Day?

Richard    Palo Alto, CA

7/28/2014 4:23:00 PM

Of course cats have concept of time!

Stephanie    Hillsboro, OR

7/12/2014 7:36:15 PM

Yes, cats do get lonely! A lot of cats act happiest when they a have another cat around. But, a cat who has been raised alone may not socialize well with other cats and may just want to be around people. Cats get bored and depressed when they are left alone for long periods of time - they can feel the time passing slowly even though they can not read the clock.

YogaSue    Long Beach CA, CA

5/28/2014 9:31:45 AM

There is no way I could leave my cat overnight alone. Yes the guilt is part of it but I notice if I get home much later than usual for any reason (running errands, traffic, gym) she is crying like a wolf when I get home and acts erratic for the rest of the evening. She has food and water available all day, so I know this is not part of it. I'm considering getting another cat just for her, for companionship and to keep her stress level down on those days that I can't make it home on time.

Evelyn    New York, NY

3/18/2014 9:48:26 AM

I think that my cat feels lonely when I leave and always try to leave him some toy or leave the TV on. There's a thing called Petcube, it doesn't ship yet but will be out soon. It helps to play with a pet and entertain him when you're not at home and is designed specially for animals, I think it'll be a nice alternative to a TV.

Christine    Key West, FL

1/24/2014 5:45:14 PM

Can hardly leave my cats for the hours I have to work without guilt! Cats need attention, and as a vet tech, I'm often away longer than planned - my cats crave attention before I leave (BEG for it!) and again when I get home. People who think cats don't care are sadly mistaken!

Nan    Brewster, NY

1/16/2014 3:33:29 PM

My neighbor goes to Florida January and February and leaves her cat home alone. There is someone to feed it and clean the box but it's certainly not everyday. I think it's so unfair for the cat to be left alone all that time. Is there someone I can contact that would take action on it's behalf? I don't talk to this lady because she and I don't get along.

M    Lake City, FL

10/8/2013 11:59:23 PM

Thanks for busting a harmful cat myth! Hope the couple finds a happy solution!

Shi    Madison, WI

9/4/2013 1:13:34 AM

I work alot, and I have classes so my kitten was alone most of the day at home. I felt bad, so I got him another playmate. They both cling to me alot at night, and the older one will always sleep on/next to me. I would definitely never leave them alone for longer than 10 hours without someone checking in on them. I know for a fact my cats get lonely because when I had to leave them with a friend for a weekend, they spent the next day sticking to my aide and not leaving my lap. Cats are more independent, yes. But they still rely on you for many things.I hate when people say "cats are good because you can leave them alone". NO YOU CAN'T!

Thames    International

8/19/2013 9:27:41 PM

This woman seems quite clingy and selfish to me. Bart's dad is better off leaving her. I, for one, will never ask a pet owner to stay away from the pet for too long.

amber    International

7/5/2013 3:52:35 PM

I have 2 cats, they get along great and are best friends, and both are super attached to me. I feel guilty all the time that I am not there enough for them. I work 9-3 mon-fri, and for weekends I stay at my boyfriends place on Fridays and he stays at mine on Saturdays (with the rare occasion I spend Saturday there too but we always come and spend time with them if I do that...and to flush the toilet since my cats are toilet trained :)). In the summer, I always make sure a window is open that they can lay beside and feel the breeze, smell the outside and hear the birdies. They have toys but don't play much with them on their own.
Is this enough time with them? Are they okay?

Kathrin    International

6/16/2013 8:55:25 PM

I had to go to my sons wedding last Saturday and since than my cat ( who used to play and came to me when I was at home ) is sitting all day on the veranda, just eats and drinks and doesn't play with me or comes in my bed anymore )....

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

5/31/2013 10:22:23 AM

Russell -- While that's not an ideal way for a cat to spend three or four days, you are doing the best you can in that situation by having someone check in on your cat three times a day. Make it up to him by giving him extra attention each time you return.

Russell    International

5/30/2013 6:46:11 PM

I was away for 3 nights and 4 days. There are 2 adults and 2 kids in the house but, he (cat) is in my room at all times due to the other cats and dog. I leave plenty of food and water for him, My brother-in-law comes down to check on him 2-3 times a day and spends time with him. I always thinking when I'm away he gets lonely and my family always say he is fine and not to worry and I always feel guilty.I love him so much he is my best friend. His name is Rusty

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

5/16/2013 1:15:24 PM

Luna -- Yes, regular vet appointments are still recommended. Talk to your vet while you meet with him or her, however, to discuss how often you personally should bring in your cat. If there are financial concerns, you can bring this up as part of the consultation and work out payment plans.

luna    International

5/14/2013 2:22:13 AM

i have two cats. they ahve been de-wormed in their 8th week. I intend to keep them as house cats. So do i need to get them the regular vaccinations

Brenda    Carlisle, PA

3/28/2013 10:15:05 AM

I have 2 cats, but one is an indoor/outdoor cat. Meaning she goes out when she wants to hunt and comes back in when she’s hungry/wants to nap. I do leave them for a good 11 hours a day. My one male cat is very "up my butt" every minute of the day when I am home, but my female cat completely ignores me until bedtime, then she sleeps with me and wants attention. I think having a companion isn't always going to help with loneliness for all cats, depending on their personalities I guess. ?

lou    bsoton, MA

11/14/2012 12:30:58 PM

my 2 cats know exactly whrn we are leaving for a period of time and they seem to know when we get back as they greet us at the door. we can tell they missed us by their constant rubbing against our legs when we arrive. we love them and they love us

corrine    sacramento, CA

10/16/2012 5:00:46 PM

I have had 2 dogs and a cat for 10 years. The dogs I usually take w/ me to my boyfriend's house who also has a dog.

The cat was a different story. Cats are very independent. I never had issues leaving kitty alone for a night or 2 if I left him a big bowl of dry food and water (leave the water dripping)in the bowl. If I planned on staying w/ the boyfriend all weekend, I just made a quick trip home before the 2nd night to check up on kitty and feed him. Kitty enjoyed having the house all to himself for a night.

Steph    Pittsburgh, PA

10/10/2012 8:29:40 AM

When my husband and I decided to adopt a cat, we spoke with an animal shelter. They specifically asked us what our lives were like (i.e. Did we work, go away a lot, etc.). Since both my husband and I work, the shelter recommended adopting 2 cats. We were told that the cats could play with each other and would not be as attached and dependent on us when we got home from work. We ended up adopting 2 kittens who were sisters. It was definitely the right decision because they are not lonely during the day.

I know older cats do not necessarily like other cats invading their space, but maybe your boyfriend could get try introducing another cat to Bart. If he had a companion, he wouldn't be as "clingy" to your boyfriend.

Alex    Myrtle Beach, SC

10/9/2012 8:26:09 AM

If that were my boyfriend I would be thinking, "Wow, if he's that dedicated to his cat I can only imagine what a wonderful father he would be."

There is a double standard here. Your boyfriend stays by your place because (as you say) your dog requires more care than his cat. Yet, you resent him for leaving to take care of his responsibility to his cat. You are putting your dog before his cat and he may resent you for that at some point.

It sounds like both of you are very responsible pet owners and with that there are trade offs. Try to come up with new ways that you can spend time together while still allowing your boyfriend to care for his cat in the way he sees fit.

He sounds like a good one. Don't let your pets be the deal breaker!

Catherine J    Bushkill, PA

10/3/2012 7:15:46 AM

I have never left my 1st [red tabby] Rustie" home alone ever but for the for 2 days in 1995 when he had a stone removed from my friend who was vet tech ---then for 5 days in 2003 when he was in the hospital in 2003 qrfter he came home ,he would live 12 hrs but he "knew" he wanted to leave this world..at HOME ,so after he came home I concentrated & visulaized him being taken home,,so he "KNEW" I was on was on my way..{the hospital wasn't the one I wanted,,{another story] so I swotre nerver to have another cat pr pet PERIOD! but when I saw this little black cat all alone..she was just 2 her owners ignored all POSTS the vet was insane and I never got her CHIP changed but she's been an INDOOR cat since 2008 she'll be 4 in May 28th same month as BELOVED RUSTIE who is right on our property he was treated w/dignity..and he wasn't buried in a hole w/ a pretty blanket as someone I know did] my little "Girlie' home alone all night but I may have to stay in a hotel overnight to take someone to the hos[pital I cannot grasp how they expecvt someone to travel an hr& 1/2 from their home..but why do they make it soooo early when you need blood work? if it wasn't for this I'd not have to leave her alone I am WORRIED QUESTION!!???what will she think happened to me? Will she freak out or sleep??? I have to leave food in her plate..suddenly she's eating tuna but not w/veg oil!}Oil made her throw up!! Olive didn't! GOD THIS IS TERRIBLE.. I hope she remains in anticipation it is said that animals know the precise time you are ready to come home [there's only one pscic Sonya Fitzpatrick who was on Animal Planet for many yrs she CURES bad behavior & all other forms of sadness, etc before she leaves your pet is saved from whatever sadness or issues they had! I'd hire her in a minute if I could she's not expensive but she has to fly from her home let's get real """it is well worth the money" for this gift..she deserves it,,this woman is genuine article not the likes of Silvia Brown! you're either a "Pet-psycis" or not,,Thank you guys Please help I'm really worried we have a bond truly I wouldn't like it if she felt abandonned,,staying in Pa but live on Long Island NY

Jen    clinton, IA

5/16/2012 3:23:06 PM

I have 4 indoor cats who all get along fine but am going away for a week. I have a neighbor who is gonna come in a minimum of twice a day. Also I am training her in all the ways I feed, brush and play with them.However I still think it is gonna ruin my trip worrying about them missing me. Am I crazy ??

anthony    Los Angeles, CA

3/21/2012 12:07:20 AM

Stop thinking of your own needs and be grateful you have a boyfriend that actually cares about his cat.

DARL ROGERS    MILTON, FL

1/18/2012 12:17:00 AM

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF CAT I HAVE .I HAVE ONE SHORT HAIR VERY SHORT TAIL ,SO GREY THATS IT LOOK BLUE MALE THE OTHER , LONG HAIR BLACK , VERY SILKY , SHORT TAIL, HER BACK FEET ARE LONGER THAN FROUNT

Carol    Silver, MD

1/15/2012 10:39:26 AM

When adopting, think about getting 2 or adopt a cat companion! There are so many cats that need re-homing, this is the ideal opportunity to help cat over-population and do something special.

debby    raleigh, MN

1/10/2012 9:50:10 AM

i know most cats sleep alot but do like to play here and there, good to have a companion to play with.

Elana    Chicago, IL

12/24/2011 8:08:31 PM

I knew I was right about that! When I tell people that, they simply pooh-pooh me. I work seven hours a day not including travel time, and I feel like my cat is glad when I come home. I am also reluctant to leave her alone for long periods of time. I initially got my kitty because she had been dumped in a shelter and left there for seven months. She was becoming more and more unhappy and really needed a home, but I certainly would not have gotten her if I had expectations of being away from home frequently. I had to leave her at the vet overnight once, and I missed her terribly. It turns out that we need each other.

Shelli    Fort Lauderdale, FL

7/14/2011 11:42:36 PM

I have to leave my 8 yr.indoor cat alone for 5 days:( my nephew who lives next door will come in to play with her etc. She knows and loves him and vice-versa..but it won`t be the same as I am home most of the day .. Do I have to worry??

Jennifer    Cleveland, OH

7/13/2011 11:39:26 AM

My cat does not eat much when we are gone on long weekends. We have even cut trips short by a day to come home to our cats because we know they miss us. AND we miss them.

Che    Richmond, VA

7/3/2011 5:41:23 PM

This article was dead on. I think that my cat gets lonely. I've seen her eyes water. I feel really bad leaving her all alone everyday. I'm a terrible mommy!!

R Watson    Phoenix, AZ

6/25/2011 10:24:19 PM

As I assume you would consider being Bart's future Mother a possibility - maybe I'm just old fashioned - don't you think it would be nice to consider your boyfriend's feelings.... I was very protective of my cats when I started dating my now husband. He understood as he wanted to be with me and my life. Today, George is more attached to his Papa then me.

Melissa    Stone Mountain, GA

4/28/2011 4:41:39 PM

J of Greenbay...you need to get out more. She simply didn't know and you took it to the WAY extreme. No need for such judgement!

J    green bay, WI

2/13/2011 1:53:32 AM

you make yourself sound like some stuck-up snob who is used to always getting her way. this man obviously cares deeply about you which he proves by causing his cat unnecessary stress by bringing him to your home just to make you happy so what are you doing to return the favor? why dont you try getting someone to come let your dog out so you can go to his place? What in the world would ever make you think a cat doesnt need love and attention? Maybe you werent hugged enough as a child but that is no reason to take it out on his cat. He sounds like a very loving, caring good person, maybe its time you tried to be half the person he is and learn to accept that all living creatures need love and interaction, and that its not all about you. Reality check for you, youre man is right and you could stand to take lessons from him.

chuck    jackson, TN

2/9/2011 6:45:53 AM

My god!! nikita,You broke my heart!!! Just remember, your kitty was loved when she passed. I lost my boy stripes also in my arms 12 yrs ago, still hurts!

Maria    New York, NY

1/11/2011 10:40:07 AM

Why doesn't the girlfriend stay at Bart's house?

Melissa    Salem, OR

1/7/2011 10:45:50 PM

The person who sent this question in sounds like a typical ignorant dog person: "Dogs need and deserve attention, but you can just ignore a cat." If I were in a relationship with someone like that, I would dump them! I agree with Marilyn Krieger's response that a lot of supposed "behavior problems" in cats exist because the cats aren't getting enough attention in the first place.

nikita    jaipur, INDIA, NJ

1/5/2011 4:17:17 AM

hi thanx everyone to share this info. abt.cats. But for me its too late. i found a kitten on streets scratched by dog. i pring her home. name her MUNMUN. she was my own kid for me. but i used to go to work for 8hrs.min.n on 2nd jan 2011 my baby died at night. i was not there n went to attend an official party. she cried for 9-10 hrs for the first time. she died right in my laps. took last breath in my hands.she used to say 'MEAUW' less n used to make a noise that sounds exactly like "MAA".so when she took her last breath she said MAA n looked right in my eyes with immense faith that now her maa will save her. but i was helpless n she died. I CANT FORGIVE MYSELF. I FELL LIKE I KILLED MY OWN BABY.Now i decided not to keep anything as pet. but i miss her a lot. i saw her toys every day, her grave, her photos n videos. she was once my world.n i died from inside with her. anyway thanx a lot frenz for ur valuable advises on this topic.

Carole    Scranton, PA

1/2/2011 10:56:05 AM

I agree that cats can become very lonely if they are left alone all day. I recently adopted a
2-year-old cat from the shelter. I work 8 hours a day and am probably gone from the house a total of 10 hours. I was always led to believe that cats were very independent and did not mind "alone" time. Don't believe it!! Leslie is extremely attached to me (ball and chain attached). She follows me everywhere and when I am not around, my husband has informed me that she wails for a good hour or longer, roaming the house in search of me. She also will not eat while I am gone. She has been to the vet multiple times because she is licking herself bald, and the only solution the vet can come up with is separation anxiety. There is absolutely nothing wrong with her physically. She has undergone skin tests, allergy tests, etc. She's physically perfect. She is very small in stature and cannot tolerate anti-anxiety medications, so that is not even an option. I am doing my best to change my schedule around her, so she has an easier time adjusting to my absence.

You may need to think about adjusting your schedule around Bart

Heather    San Jose, CA

1/2/2011 12:03:12 AM

I also have to agree that cats can become very lonely, distressed, and even depressed when they are left alone for too long. Each cat has a different personality and some cats may deal with their owner's absence better than others, while some will require more attention. If you've ever had a Maine Coon, you know that they form an incredible bond with one lucky chosen person. If you are the chosen favorite of a Maine Coon, be prepared for your cat to become very upset when you are gone for extended periods of time.
Sometimes having other people and other cats present in the house can help, as other cats can offer some socialization and interaction, and other humans are capable of taking care of some of the cat's needs (if they are willing). Depending on your cat's attachment to you, however, this may or may not make a huge difference.
My Maine Coon became acclimated to living alone with Mommy & Daddy, in a quiet peaceful home and reigning as the only cat in the household. She now lives with me in my family's home with other cats and people, and the presence of other cats only frustrates her, as she feels she has to compete for food and sleeping spots while I am away. Some cats (especially kittens) appreciate the company of another cat while you are gone; some are more antisocial. You have to judge each case individually.
I have to sympathize with Bart's dad in this case, and I would recommend that his girlfriend try to do the same and understand that he likely feels about his cat the same way she feels about her dog. If I leave my Maine Coon for longer than overnight (in a house with other people and cats), when I return, everyone tells me that she was walking around, peeking her head in all the doors looking for me and crying loudly. I know she doesn't sleep well when I am not there because she doesn't feel safe enough to go into a deep sleep. When I return she often exhausted, hungry, and attention-starved. Cats do get used to your patterns; it creates much-needed stability in their lives, which is especially important if your cat has dealt with chaos in her life, such as coming from a shelter or being moved around a lot. When these patterns are interrupted, it can cause poor kitty a lot of anxiety. When I first moved into the house with my cat, every time I would leave or she couldn't find me, she would crawl under the house or find a way up on the roof so she could walk under or over every room of the house, searching for the sound of my voice. I've had to crawl under the house, climb on the roof, and crawl under neighbors houses, and get ladders to access neighbors roofs when she gets stuck and meows in a very distressed manner. Sometimes the first night I am back, I awaken in the middle of the night to her yowling loudly (which is very unusual for a Maine Coon who normally "whispers"). She had gotten so used to continuously searching for me while I was gone, that she forgot I had come back and compulsively cried out for me.

Heather    San Jose, CA

1/1/2011 11:44:01 PM

I believe we should really try to spend as much time with our dear kitties as we can, while we still can. If something happened to my cat while I was gone I would feel horrifically guilty. When an animal is gone for good, it is often only then that we realize we regret not spending more time with them.
Fortunately, there are a few solution that can ease kitty's anxiety (although there is no real replacement for mommy or daddy's attention). If you need to leave for an extended period of time, try leaving the following items around for your cat:
(1) A pair of pajamas you have slept in at least one night, dirty workout clothes, or anything you have sweat in and should smell like you. It may sound gross, but kitty's nose will pick up on your unique scent. Leave the clothing where kitty sleeps. You will be amazed at how soothing this is to your cat.
(2) A treat dispensing toy that requires the cat to bat at the ball for treats to come out will provide much-needed stimulation with a reward. This is much better than just leaving a big bowl of dry food out for your cat, and provides a sense of interaction, which is especially important if no one else is home.
(3) The pet-sitter idea is great, but this is not a financially-possible solution for all of us. If you cannot afford a pet-sitter, have a trusted friend or neighbor check on your cat. Even a few minutes of petting, chin-scratches, and a meal prepared by a human once a day can make a huge difference in kitty's mood and sense of well-being.
(4) There are a few products on the market that allow you to record your voice and play it back to your cat. There are some treat-dispensing balls that play the recorded message every time the cat bats the ball. This may confuse some cats, as they will be looking for you when they hear your voice, but this small indicator of your presence is better than nothing and the treats will probably distract kitty from looking for you.
(5) Set up a treasure hunt of toys, catnip, or treats in accessible/safe places for kitty. This will keep her busy while you are gone, encouraging her to explore and get some exercise instead of moping all day.
You may consider a "pet-hotel" (boarding kennel) for long vacations, or bringing her with you for overnight stays, but many pets fear being locked in a cage or carrier, and the change in environment can cause even more stress than your absence alone can. I also prefer to keep cats away from dogs - even if they are in separate rooms, the sound of a dog in the next room can cause fear and anxiety. I recommend keeping kitty in her own familiar home whenever possible.

Donna    Lake Havasu, AZ

1/1/2011 9:20:14 AM

I am so glad you printed this! I have some friends that think I'm over protective of my four cats. I alway say they might look like cats to you, but they are my kids. You wouldn't leave your 3 year old home along for overnight or hours on end, would you. Well, I won't do that with my cat kids either.

paula    fr, MA

1/1/2011 3:22:30 AM

I agree with Bart's Dad. I have 3 cats and although they are ok with me going out for several hours but whe get home they look to me for attention. Cats do have internal clocks and know my schedule. If I run late I find them sitting in the window waiting for me. They know. I couldn't even think of leaving my "children" overnight without some human contact.

Janeen    Miami, FL

12/31/2010 7:30:17 PM

I can tell you that my cat Jiminy becomes anxious when I leave the house, and when I return he seems happy. I have a multi cat household and that helps, but they all seem happier when we are home.

Lisa    Huntington, WV

12/31/2010 12:35:34 PM

OK I made mistakes in my posts. I meant to say that I take care of it (cat) like I do the children. Sorry for the sloppy post.

Peggy    Tampa, FL

12/31/2010 12:34:22 PM

First a comment to Laura - is a person adopting a human child not their parent? ....Anyway, to my comment on the question at hand. We have three kitties ages 3, 1 & 9months. The oldest (a male) is affectionate and loves to be held and "talked to" it doesn't seem to bother him if left alone the normal 8 hour work day. The middle child (a female) is also happy to have Mommy & Daddy home, but doesn't seem to mind a "normal" absence. The baby (a male)is an EXTREMELY affectionate soul with both the human and animal members of our family. This sits in front of the door to the garage and CRIES when we leave. So I guess it depends on the personality of the kitty. However, personally if we are to be gone for more than a normal period, we always have a sitter to check on them. Afterall, things can go wrong.

Lisa    Huntington, WV

12/31/2010 12:33:49 PM

Sorryu Laura, but I have adopted my cat and I do call myself its Mom. I take it of it just like I do the children. I feed it, clean up after it and so forth. What I think is sad is that you took time to "rant" about something that is harmless and not really worth a rant.

Laura    Regina, SK

12/31/2010 12:07:48 PM

It REALLY bothers me when people refer to pet owners as their "Dad" or "Mom" YOU ARE NOT THAT ANIMALS PARENT! IT HAS A MOM, IT CARRIED IT INSIDE IT, AND GAVE BIRTH TO IT! You are not it's dad! Grrrr.
Rant over.

Barbara    Arlington Heights, IL

12/31/2010 10:12:20 AM

I think people should have at least a pair of cats so they can keep each other company. Plus you get twice the enjoyment watching their different personalities. The shelter where I volunteer will only adopt kittens in pairs unless there are other cats in the household. I think that's a great policy. I adopted 2 of my foster kittens and then a year later I adopted another of my fosters. They all love to play with us and with each other.

Rene    Stephenville, TX

12/31/2010 9:42:32 AM

My Calico is 10-11 years,not sure as she was a rescue from a "collector".I am retired and at home a lot. When I am gone for 4 hours she is waiting at the back door and meowing for all she's worth and she can really tell me what's what. I went to Branson,Mo. in Oct and she boarded at our Vet. She had more to say then. So I would say yes,Jasmine is on the ball about me being gone.

Suzanne    Los Angeles, CA

4/6/2010 9:38:50 PM

Cats can and do live in groups. Cats bond to other cats at a young age and also bond to humans. Its great to hear that your boyfriend takes the responsibility of caring for his cat seriously. It would be cruel for him to neglect an animal that he has adopted. It doesn't sound like you're enjoying your nights away from your boyfriend and you don't even rely on him for food nor is your boyfriend your sole source of social stimulation. Perhaps you can spend some more time at your boyfriends place so he's not stuck having to choose between you and the cat.

Elizabeth    Quinby, VA

4/5/2010 6:06:08 PM

I left my cat for 2 days and she was ok

Andy    Sydney, SK

1/31/2010 6:56:05 AM

I am currently unemployed so i spent most of my days at home with my cat. He is so dependent on me, everywhere i go he follows me around and not just because he was hungry. Then i have to be in overseas for a month so i sent my friend in charge for him, and my cat have been stressed out during my leave. He has not been sleeping much, wont eat for several days and spent his days daydreaming and sometimes being hyperactive for no reason. Once i got him, his so happy and wont out of my sight ever.

Andrew    Montreal, QC

11/12/2009 10:37:44 AM

I cant say if he gets lonely, but my little guy (Farkus)who is a member if the family certainly knows when were leaving. when we come back he is some times in the window apparently waiting, but usually when I come home he is perched on the coffee table by the door just waiting for me to come up the stairs he comes right to me puring and rubbing against me. So is he lonely I don't know but he certainly looks forward to us coming home and i'd like to believe he misses his feeding units when were gone and no one is around to play with.

Felix    Bronx, NY

10/12/2009 7:00:36 AM

MAN I THINK THEY DO GET LONELY JUST THINK ABOUT IT WOULDNT YOU? NO ONE CAN REALLY KNOW CAUSE JUST LIKE HUMANS ALL CATS ARE DIFFERENT SO I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON HOW LONG HES BEEN WITH YOU AND HOW MUCH TIME YOU ACTUALY SPEND WITH HIM BUT REGARDLESS YOU CANT LEAVE A CAT FOR DAYS CAUSE OFCOURSE YOU HAVE TO FEED HIM YA DIG BUT TELL YOUR BOYFRIEND IT TIME TO GROW UP AND SPEND TIME WITH YOU CAUSE THAT CAT CANT SHOW LOVE AND AFFECTION AS MUCH AS A WOMAN CAN

Tracy    Columbus, OH

8/1/2009 7:20:36 AM

I do not think cats should be left alone for days at a time with noone to come and check on them and provide them with fresh food and water. When I am out of town I have family come over that I know will take care of my cat and spend some time with him so he does not get too lonely. Why is it this person states that her animal requires more attention than her boyfriends simply because her animal is dog and therefore it is understandable that she cannot leave him/her alone for long periods. Cats are sociable by nature. I also think it depends on the personality of your cat. In my case I had two cats one that I recently had to have ut to sleep due to complincations from diabetes. My remaining cat was always codependent, wnating to be where I was always on top of me but now it is worse. He wants in my room at night because he has noone to share the evenings with when I go to bed. And yes these were cats that barely acknowledged each other when they were both here. So I truly believe that cats can feel loneliness maybe some more than others but they all want companionship and I think it is cruel to minimize the attachment that cats have to other cats and their owners. My cat would not be happy left to itself for days on end.

anna    England, YT

4/19/2009 3:09:30 PM

My cat has always been happy to be left for a couple of days. A friend pops in and checks, they have a cat door so can come and go, I have a timed feeder that will feed them every day. But - His died 3 weeks ago and he just disappeared - just got back today - really distressed. I think he had spent 3 weeks looking for his friend. He was starving hungry and just meowing constantly and looking everywhere in the house and garden. I don't think he bothers about me just his friend. So sad will get him a new friend.

Mira    Las Vegas, NV

4/7/2009 2:38:21 AM

My two babies (tyrone & roscoe) are used to me leaving every week for three days (I am a flight attendant). I give them a treat right before I leave and I spread the treat throughout the house so they have to hunt for it. This keeps them busy while I leave out the door. I purchased on ebay a pet waterer that bubbles it has a resevior so it will last almost 5 days and it is easy to clean. Of course I have two litter boxes and two dry food bowls one for each cat. I leave the tv on and the lights on so their environment does not change when I leave. I also leave cabinet doors (that are cat proof) open so they can explore something new. I purchased a stroller called kittywalk.com about 5 years ago and it was the best investment. It is rather big for one cat but it give your cat room to move around and look at what is going on. I leave the stroller open so my cats can go in and out of it to sleep or just hang out. If you transport your cat in the stroller and take him/her another location this will give your cat a familiar place to hide with toys. I also have cat trees in every room (ebay again)they are very high but my cats are young for an older cat I would get a tree maybe 4ft or 5ft with lots of levels so climbing is not a big effort. Just some tips for a happy cat.

Pamela    Salt Lake City, UT

2/18/2009 9:35:40 AM

I agree cats need a set routine. My Eddie gets very upset if I'm gone to long and twitches her tail and gets vocal like she's scolding me. I think the question comes from a dog person and not a cat person who understands.

heather    roseville, CA

1/6/2009 9:45:49 AM

To Michael-
Thanks for you feedback regarding me leaving the radio on for my cat. I'll take what you said into consideration. I hadn't looked at the fact the soft music would be bothersome to my kittnen.

Warmly,
Heather

Michael    Chicago, IL

12/18/2008 11:22:43 AM

And for Heather who leaves her radio on all day:

How do you know you're not raising your cat's anxiety level with constant sound that it doesn't find pleasant? What if you were left in a house all day with music you couldn't stand, but were powerless to turn it off or change the channel? My friend does this and I strongly disagree with it. A radio on--if you like the content, is nice, but a radio on, playing a channel you couldn't care less about is noise pollution and bothers most people.

How do you know your cat isn't being forced to cope with sound that is nothing more than disruptive noise pollution from its perspective?

Michael    Chicago, IL

12/18/2008 11:11:33 AM

I slightly disagree. While no pet should be neglected, even humans can go overnight without companionship. Furthermore, over the years, I've had two cats at a time and they barely interacted with each other. It's not a cat's nature to be clingy. Feral cats and cats in the wild especially tend to be loner's, by nature. My observation is that humans tend to overly-project their own emotional sensitivities onto their pets, but they rarely consider realistic notions. For instance, humans oftentimes need "their space" or "alone time" but do you ever hear anybody say "You're smothering your pet?" Or, "You're getting on your cat's nerves always being around." An overnight stay is not going to affect her boyfriend's cat one way or the other.

Heather    Roseville, CA

10/29/2008 3:24:33 PM

Hello!
I'm a new mommy of a five month old little boy kitty. I've had Chaz when he eight weeks old and he stays home from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mon-Fri. I have tons of cat toys scattered through the house and a cat perch in the bedroom as well as next to the sliding glass door in the living room. I also leave the radio on for him all day along with plenty of food and water... When I get home I immediately feed him wet food and play with him until bed time.
My question is: is the terrible leaving him so long througout the day? He seems happy to see me and purrs when I get home. I lavish him with love and attention and treat him as if he were my child.. I just wonder if this is terrible that I leave him so long.

Second question: My kitten has just started taking my socks and placing them in the same place in the house... I did an experiment.. I've been placing the socks in different areas of the house and he carries them in his mouth and puts them in that same spot... I don't get it...?? Anyone know what's going through his little head??

Soph    savannah, GA

9/7/2008 3:00:56 PM

I would never leave my cats home alone for more than 2 days and if I had to I would have somebody come and make sure they were taken care of and played with. At the moment I have a neighbor across the street who hasn't been home for 9 days and the man supposed to be taking care of them came on day 5 to change the litter. I don't mean to be nosy but I'm home all day and I know that their cat is an only cat. I just feel really bad and don't know if I should stick my nose in and possibly call the police or something for neglect. We live on an army base and this type of thing is a big no no. Leaving your animal home alone for so long.

Vicky    Summit, NJ

6/11/2008 9:49:33 AM

Am I the only one horrified by the insensitivity of the writer of this letter? First of all, isn't it unlawful to leave any pet unattended for more than 12 hours at a time? And second, why would you want to? This girl obviously doesn't care about her boyfriend's feelings for his cat, he should dump her and find someone nice to go out with!

Emily    Montpelier, VT

5/25/2008 10:31:50 PM

Thank you for this article. I'm home most of the time and generally follow the same routine and have since bringing my cat home from the HS. However, we recently shifted into Spring so I've been in and out more on the weekends than usual and I can tell/notice how this is somewhat adversely effecting my cat. She seem more stressed on the days I do leave and come back more often. I'm working on getting again into a regular routine, even with the nicer weather so as to provide more consistency for her. Cats do need consistency, routine, and company! Thanks again.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

3/11/2008 3:59:13 AM

My cat loves going to new places because he has traveled with us since he was a baby. He isn't too keen when we leave him over night at home but he takes it in stride.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

3/10/2008 12:47:05 AM

thank You for saying this. Folks who do not have a kitty companion do not understand their needs~

holly    iron mountain, MI

3/9/2008 7:08:01 PM

interesting but i do believe that my cats gets lonely when no one is here he meows by the door and waits for us to get home so i do not believe that this article is correct.

AJ    St. Louis, MO

3/9/2008 6:43:28 PM

Yes

S    Atlanta, GA

3/9/2008 5:01:56 PM

interesting!

Angela    Arlington, VA

3/9/2008 1:08:01 PM

It always saddens me when non-cat owners say things like it's ok to leave my cat alone over night or for days at a time only coming home to sleep. Chica meets me at the door every night and I look forward to seeing her after a day at work. It's important for friends and beau's to pass the Chica test before I give up time with her for them.

Laurie    Erie, PA

3/9/2008 11:58:35 AM

We always have at least two cats, so they can keep each other company...and now that one of our Mom's is retired, we are really spoiled by having someone here almost all the time!

Denise    Charleston, SC

3/9/2008 11:46:50 AM

I think cats do get lonely if we leave them alone for an extended time. A reliable petsitter would be helpful, but finding them is difficult. And I don't want to take her to a boarding home wher she can catch different diseases. What's a cat owner to do?

Jennifer    Madras, OR

3/9/2008 11:37:28 AM

I agree pets love their human companions and get lonely when they are not there. They are not stupid they know when they are being left alone and when they are not. They get into a routin.

Noelle    Beecher, IL

3/9/2008 11:24:18 AM

Good article, I've wondered the same thing. Luckily I have several cats to keep them all company.

Ana    Urbandale, IA

3/9/2008 10:20:31 AM

Intresting Article!

Angela    Hamburg, NY

3/9/2008 8:54:21 AM

It is so true that cats get lonely when left aone all day. I have two little dogs that grandma picks up to watch when the whole family has to be out all day and kitty gets left alone all day. When I come home kitty gets very clingy and wants to be petted all the time because he was lonely. He even gets lonely in the summer when everyone is outside and he has to stay inside( because he is an indoor cat only).

Heather    Enid, OK

3/9/2008 8:47:31 AM

My cats love each other and also can't wait 'til we get home too!

sara    rainer, OR

3/9/2008 8:33:23 AM

I believe cats get lonely. Our cat is very spoiled and we spend alot of good quality time with him. He still gets upset if we are gone too much and lets us know about it.

Tanya    Paden City, WV

3/8/2008 8:50:01 PM

Dear CC.C
Good day to you all. Well done on this article. It was a great way to explain the myths about cats, consistency, and and a few other misconceptions. And, some great ideas for Bart to have more interaction. Again, good job, and thank you for the info.
Love ya all
Tanya & The FAMILY

Bob    Syracuse, NY

3/8/2008 5:54:55 PM

Very good article! That's why I have three cats, they keep each other company when I'm away and they are always happy to see me come home. I never leave them alone for more than a couple of hours.

SHARON    ERWIN, TN

3/8/2008 5:00:06 PM

I agree with you on this one. My two cats know when it is bedtime and when it is time to get up in the mornings. My cat sits in the window when it is time for me to come home from work. My cats are my kids!

Marta    Salem, OR

3/8/2008 2:23:53 PM

Thank you for confirming what I have alresdy believed. Cats are not house plants. They do require as much attention as a dog.

moni    Boise, ID

3/8/2008 11:20:10 AM

Thank you! I've been saying that for years.

Brie    Iowa City, IA

3/8/2008 10:58:26 AM

Helpful, thanks!

LILLIAN    EUGENE, OR

3/8/2008 6:44:58 AM

WHEN WE USED TO GO ON TRIPS, I ALWAYS MADE SURE I HAD SOMEONE I KNEW AND TRUSTED TO TAKE CARE OF ALL MY CATS. THIS ONE TIME I HAD SOMEONE WE KNEW BUT NOT HOW HE DID THINGS BUT WAS RECOMMENDED BY ANOTHER FRIEND SO WE USED HIM AND WENT ON A 4 WEEK TRIP AND WE LEFT OUR DOG, TOO. WHILE WE WERE GONE, I CALLED HIM EVERY DAY AND HE SAID ALL WAS GOOD. WHEN WE GOT HOME AND OPENED THE DOOR AND WALKED IN, THE HOUSE REAKED WITH URINE AND POTTY BOXES. WE WERE SO UPSET AND MY POOR BABIES, COULDN'T IMAGINE WHAT THEY THOUGHT. THAT WAS MY LAST LONG TRIP AND NEVER USED HIM AGAIN.

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