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sophia smith    Denver, CO

8/29/2016 3:17:20 AM

I'm completely paranoid about leaving my sniffles alone, so I got him a pet cam with a feeder and a game I can control from my phone. I can schedule his feeding time, watch him and get notified about his every move. Check it out –

Irene    International

1/16/2016 12:49:12 AM

Very good and helpful. I totally agree. Cats do get lonely. Their food needs to be changed, water bowls changed, litterbox taken care of AND some cuddles!

Jason    Overland Park, KS

8/17/2015 5:46:42 PM

My sister lived with our parents and I until about two weeks ago, and she took her cat with her when she moved out; being taken away from several humans and cats she liked and placed into an unfamiliar environment with no replacements sent her into severe depression. The cat quickly became lethargic, refusing to even eat or drink. She was taken to two vets, neither of which could tell anything was physically wrong. Today, my sister brought her cat over hoping she might show some sign of recovery...but unfortunately, the cat just passed away.
To say that cats "get lonely" is a severe understatement.

patrick    miami, FL

7/1/2015 3:06:21 PM

cats Are independent but leave food in the morning if you work
until midnight call your son who may come home at 1 tell your son to feed kitty lunch

Elizabeth    Fairfax, VA

6/14/2015 5:28:56 AM

For many years, I taught piano. I had a cat who had favorite students. She would run to the door to meet those she liked, and be absent from view for those she didn't. She particularly liked Mozart. One of my students was studying Mozart and the cat would gleefully meet her at the door, escort her to the piano studio, and settle herself underneath the piano, with paws folded inward, to enjoy the lesson. By the time the lesson was over, the cat was on her back, all paws outstretched in utter joy! One day, the lesson didn't go so well, and at the end of the lesson, there was the cat, still under the piano, still with paws folded inward. My student's comment: "I guess I didn't play Mozart so well today."

Rita    buffalo, NY

6/13/2015 9:09:44 PM

My cat suffers from idiopathic cyctitis.
She panics and stresses if I'm not home. She would get these attacks ever few days, sometimes they would last weeks. I was working 12 hr days and it got to the point where it was constant problem. It killed me to listen to her strain and cry. I finally decided I was going to get her a playmate. My vet said it might help but having anther cat might make it worse in the beginning. I decided to find her a cat friend at the local rescue. I didn't choose a car based on my needs but rather who she might like. I decided on a passive kitten, just so happened to be a Turkish van. They have wonderful playful personalities. As soon as I brought him home she stopped getting attackes. I've had the new cat, Bailey, for about .... 6 mnths now and my girl hasn't had a single attack.

Barbara    American FOrk, UT

6/13/2015 6:40:09 PM

At one time I had two cats and a dog. My older cat died and then 6 months later my dog. My remaining cat, Bermuda, became extremely depressed at my being gone all day. He became lethargic and I had to coax him to eat. I knew it was because he was experiencing being completely alone for the first time in his life. I went to the local shelter and adopted a cute little calico kitten. He took the reigns and taught her everything that she needed to know. They became inseparable. I was so thankful that I had Vinnie come into our lives before Bermuda passed or poor Mimi would have died from sorrow. Animals are such deeply feeling creatures and need to be respected as such.

Faith    West Columbia, TX

6/13/2015 5:30:10 PM

I left my cat, alone, a couple of months ago. I got a neighbor to check up on her. She stayed in my bedroom all night, until I came home. She know I was leaving because I cleaned the house before I left.
Before that, my cat and I were invited to stay with my mom for the holidays. We stayed for the holidays. I went to back to Florida to move to Texas. I left for a week. My mom, stepfather and their neighbors checked up on her while I was gone for a week. I am grateful for the people that checked up on my cat.

Maria    Alamogordo, NM

6/3/2015 11:13:08 AM

Parjanyu, please do not get a cat if it has to stay in an 8' x 10' room all day. That's equal to being in a jail cell for humans. Cats need room to run when they decide to burn off some energy. Why would it have to stay in your bedroom? Cats can be trained to do or not do certain behaviors.

parjanyu    International

5/12/2015 3:23:44 PM

I am planning to get a cat, can I leave it in my bedroom.. For 8-10 hours each day as I go for work...or should I put off getting one

Suzanne    San Antonio, TX

3/25/2015 5:12:01 PM

How do we retrain people's idea that letting cats roam outside is okay and safe? It's NOT. A cat should NEVER be allowed to roam outside....ever!

Jimie    Laguna Hills, CA

3/13/2015 1:51:24 AM

I'm really upset. I actually am a pet sitter. I have these wonderful pet owners hire me to assist in taking great care of their beloved animals. Then I come home to hear the stressed whining of a neglected cat, but not neglected enough to be called abuse! The owner goes to work and is gone way more than 12 hours a day at times. She used to come home nightly, but due to an illness in the family she doesn't sleep here very much at all anymore. I don't know when the last time the cat was checked on, but before I left she was having her boyfriend come in and feed it once daily. When it hears me it meows and it's easy to hear the stress of the whine. She came home once awhile back and shewas so distraught she didn't even give the cat attention, it came to the top off the stairs and whined at me till iI came and comforted it. My other roommate and I did our best too try to get her to leave it out to let us care for it but she refused. I of course have offered my service for free. She said she absolutely refuses to leave the cat out and be responsible for when the cat destroys something, she"knows" her cat and what he does. I tried to get her to look on the bright side of that which is that he does that when his needs aren't being met, it wouldn't be that way if she let him come out. Then she accused me of lecturing her. This is exactly why I'm not a dog trainer, see, I can't handle the human psychology like the famed whisperer Mr Milan can.... it distressed me in ways she obviously has no sensitivity of to hear the cats tone. It's not like whenshe was coming home regularly at all. I don't mean to be insensitive to her plight with a family crisis, but i just refuse to accept any reason as as appropriate to leave a pet neglected like this. You cannot report it, because it's not one of the millions of horrendous and obvious pet neglect cases, and you can't try to kindly help a person in need because they make you the enemy. I play with the cat under the door, so does my dog. Sometimes he falls asleep outside the door. We are miserable being privvy to such a thing. I'm really really distraught, I'm sure it's nothing compared to what the cat hours through. At night, is pitch dark in there. But it's okay cuz he has a dirty window he can look out of.... the boyfriend likes that reason to make it alright that it's locked in there 24-7 alone.... I hope there aren't too many typos especially any embarrassing ones, I'm swyping on my phone, so... in case something didn't read right, keep this in mind. Thank you for your time and consideration...sigh.

Geetha    Bangalore, AK

3/4/2015 12:27:40 AM

I'm just ok after reading this.. now I can breath calm. I love my kitten..

Candace    Fort Worth, TX

2/24/2015 12:32:43 PM

My cat is an inside/outside cat, so I never thought he got too lonely. However, since I retired a couple of years ago, he has become my constant companion. No matter what room I'm in, he's there with me;and, when I go anywhere, he is waiting on the porch or sofa when I get home.

Norma    Cleveland, SC

2/24/2015 11:26:13 AM

yes cats get lonely, I was raised with cats, and I have a pretty baby now, which is part bob cat and mackerel, whenever I go away just for a few hours he misses me and he is always at the window when I get home to welcome me home. he is 3 years old. someone had thrown him out at 6wks old

Jennifer    Morgantown, OH

2/15/2015 8:43:44 AM

I know I've posted about this before, but I keep coming back to this article because it's such an important topic to many folks who have to leave their felines alone during the day. While not a solution to the problem, we found an item that helps keep our cat Buster entertained while we're out. (and for that matter, when we're home!) It's a cat window patio, fits in the window like an air conditioner, and has three screened in sides. We can't recommend them enough. You can find them by googling "Kitty Peeper" Even in the winter, he's in and out of it all day long, even early in the morning. I love the way his fur smells after he's been sitting in it, especially in the winter! Hope this helps some folks on here.

Rita    McHenry, IL

2/10/2015 7:24:03 PM

Yes, especially if they are elderly with no other cat. I've had many cats and one family of seven. One left from the family of seven and is going on 19. I inherited two more cats a year ago when someone we knew passed away. It took seven months to introduce them to the older cat. They get along now but my older cat still depends on me to spend a lot of time with him.

Pat    Williamsburg, VA

1/27/2015 3:41:46 PM

yes I'm sure cats get lonely left alone all day. I would never leave my cat overnight even - I would be a pet sitter to come and sit with her in front of the tv for awhile, clean the litter box and give fresh food. Talk to her or something. I'm retired and home all day and all night, so when I run errands and its late afternoon when I come here, my cat hears the garage door opening and knows I'm home FINALLY! She greets me by the door, tail up and happy wiskers!

Miriam    Louisville, KY

1/21/2015 12:39:05 AM

Sufi is our rescue cat from a cattery that had him, a rare blue Somali. He does't like to be left alone. We never leave for more than eight hours. He's now secure enough to know we WILL BE BACK. BUT he used to worry. He's a very sweet cat and SMART! He learned from us to type on the laptop so we now have a funny video of him on the laptop with his big bushy tail wagging the whole time he's typing.

Joe    Newtonville, MA

1/14/2015 6:35:58 AM

we had one cat for 11 Yrs and he was lucky that One of us was home with him all day. He was left alone sometimes over night at home and was fine. give an extra treat when you get back.

Hank Scott    NYC, NY

1/7/2015 9:48:44 AM

I know some working people that only adopted one cat. I have never done so - I always felt while I'm away they would need company. They all have problems with their cats, especially social adjustment issues.

Oriah    bellingham, WA

1/1/2015 9:47:59 PM

Yeah I believe it. What get most concerned about is when people leave for a few days and leave the cat alone filling their food bowls and water bowls and make sure the litter box is changed . I always hear, " a cat can be left alone for a few days cause they're independent and can take care of themselves, but you can't don't that with dog, he needs someone to come by and spend time with him or you have to take him with you!" They think cats don't need love or companionship or something, this to me is cruel! I'd like to know where people got this sort of idea About leaving cats alone for days and hrs is ok in the first place!

Phil    Mckeesport, PA

12/18/2014 12:39:08 AM

I have 4 cats and they know my EVERY move !!! One of them knows when I"m getting ready for work, so she lays in the bathroom sink, thinking if I can't wash or brush my teeth, I"ll just stay home !!!

Cathy    Pittsburgh, PA

12/11/2014 6:33:02 AM

I have kept multiple pets together until recently. Now, I can only have one pet. I have a cat, so I got a pet stroller to get him into a change of scene safely. There are dogs in my building, and one of them has been introduced. They seem to get along well. I have taken the cat on walks to give him a chance for different stimulation. I live in a senior high rise, and many people now know the cat. I do get a sitter when I have to be gone overnight. Persia is twelve years old, and he does have separation anxiety. He has a window perch, so he can look outside at the birds. The only thing that holds his interest consistently, is a puzzle maze that holds mtreats. I put some of his allotment of dry food in it to keep him from gaining weight. I would like any suggestions.
Cathy L. Pittsburgh

Liz    Moore, OK

12/9/2014 5:49:20 PM

Our cat knows when I am getting ready to go somewhere. She is very sensitive to my comings
and goings.

Barbara    West Newton, MA

12/9/2014 11:39:16 AM

Every word of the article is absolutely true.

Carolyn    Los Alamitos, CA

12/3/2014 11:09:06 AM

I used to work 12 hours (overnight) and my cats got used to that schedule. However, I have several cat trees and scratching posts in the house and 6 cats (3 generations, all related), so they're kept entertained. I can go away for a maximum of 3 days before they get mad at me (with someone to come in daily to feed & clean) and give me the cold shoulder when I get home. Since I've retired, I've noticed that they've come to expect me home more often, especially morning and night.

Agnes    Grove City, OH

11/25/2014 8:31:47 PM

Sure some cats get lonely. Certainly, most cats pay attention to their owner's comings and goings. I've discovered that even when my cat is sleeping, he's aware at all times what I'm doing via the sounds and movements I'm making around the house. As soon as I'm getting ready to leave (gathering work papers, retrieving the phone from the charger, etc) suddenly he's there meowing at me. It's uncanny really. I work weird hours, so it's not simply a routine-recognition thing for him.

I do things to keep him happy while he's alone. I leave on NPR radio (the all news version) since it has low key voices, not people screaming. I also got him a Kitty Peeper cat window patio--it fits in the window like an air conditioner, and lets him "sit outside" on his porch, feeling the breeze, listening to the birds and other sounds of nature, and I'm convinced it's helped keep him stimulated and entertained while I'm gone. He always greets me at the door when I return however, and suddenly neither of us are lonely!

Dee    Soddy Daisy, TN

11/25/2014 3:48:07 PM

I have a 7 yr. old female Maine Coon,"only child". She follows me from room to room when I am home. She sleeps with me too. When I leave for just a couple of hours she seems stressed out when I get home so I give her a treat. She loves to sit in my lap and be petted a lot. She has never been left overnight alone.

Jennifer    Willis, TX

11/19/2014 10:21:47 AM

I have come to the understanding that non- cat people just don't get it. Not only is the kitty stressed when the human is gone, but so is the human. I personally can't leave my cats alone for any length of time. I start worrying about the "what if's"- what if the house catches on fire or gets broken into???? I need my cats as much as they need me. But only us cat people know this language. Thanks cat people for being there!!!

Margot    Brewster, MA

11/19/2014 5:11:44 AM

My Cat is a 16 year old Siamese who is very social. Whatever room I am in, she will be in, and on my lap if I sit down. She sleeps with me every night. She is friendly with visitors and will join them on the couch and purr.
I leave her alone during the day, usually not more than 4-6 hours, but have never left her alone at night.

barb    las vegas, NV

11/11/2014 6:16:42 PM

I, too, hate when people say "oh its just a cat" Well...some of us cat owners have our cats' as our children. I personally have 3. 7yrs old, 5yrs old tabby mix males that grew up together, and 1 1/2 yr old female. (Siamese mix) All spayed and neutered. I'm on permanent disability and home 95% of the time, but that 5% when I do go out, they all get mad at me for leaving. I feel guilty for leaving them so I give them a treat when I get home. They need just as much love and attention as we and dogs need. Two of them play a lot together but 5 yr old is lazy...doesn't like the female. They tolerate one another though. Without adequate care I don't recommend leaving them alone for more than a day. Litter box needs to get done and fresh food n water daily. Plus I do our litter box 3 times daily and also feed them wet food. :) :) :) :)

Bryan    Rockaway Beach, NY

10/28/2014 3:06:54 PM

I found it's much better if you have two cats. That way they can play with and entertain each other when their owner is out for long periods of time. And with two and you have enough toys for them and enough food and water, you can even take a small getaway vacation for about two or three days.

Sabrina    Longview, WA

10/28/2014 2:24:18 PM

I hate when people think cats don't need company or attention. They need love and company every bit as much as people and dogs do! They are individuals and some like more company than others, just like people. I know for a fact that my cat gets upset when I am late, which is rare. That later I am, the more upset she gets. Believe me, I hear about it. I haven't spent a night apart from her in 11 years except when she has had to spend the night at the vet. Wouldn't have it any other way. If you want a pet that doesn't need attention, get a pet rock!

Hazel    Houston, TX

10/28/2014 12:08:10 PM

I had a cat who would wait for me in the spot she knew I would be at a particular time. If I came into that room and sat in another spot, she would get up and sit on my lap there. When I got in bed, she was there in a flash settling on my head and purring away. I just could not bear to be away and have her waiting for me . . . .

Kathy    Salt Lake City, UT

10/28/2014 11:02:29 AM

I think they do get lonely. I visit my mother in another state for a week every summer and Christmas, and I always arrange for someone to come in everyday. Still feel guilty of course, but it gives me peace of mind because I know she's ok. And I pay someone to do it so they feel an obligation - not just a friend that says they will and then leaves her alone for 3 days!

Kathy    Jenison, MI

10/28/2014 10:02:29 AM

My cat is afraid of everyone.she is ok alone for awhile but any more than a week is too long.shenchases me thru the house meowing.thisnis with people coming to the house everyday..but like I said she doesn't come out.we are leaving for a month.we have no other alternative than to take her with us..hopefully she will be ok..any helpful tips would be appreciated

kelly    columbus, OH

10/21/2014 5:09:28 PM

my husband and i have two cats, if we leave them alone together overnight with plenty of food and water, will they be ok? they get along pretty well, and enjoy playing together and bathing each other. are they company enough?

Jennifer    Morgantown, OH

10/21/2014 2:20:31 PM

I have leaving my buddy home alone, but we both work and it's just a fact of life. We do two things to help him keep from getting too lonely. First, we keep the radio on (NPR news) so that he hears human voices.

Second, we got him a cat window patio. It's called a "kitty peeper" and fits in the window like an air conditioner, has three screened in sides, and he absolutely LOVES it, and uses it all the time, even sleeping in it when it's warm and sunny, and can feel less lonely through the stimulation it provides him. We live in Ohio, but have found it does not "leak" a whole lot even in the colder months, and have never once removed it from the window in the nearly two years since we've had it. You can find them here: LINK

Between these two things, we feel comfortable he is less lonely while we're not at home. Hope this helps a few fellow CatChannel readers!

Angie    Grayson, GA

10/20/2014 12:18:37 PM

I read this article to help calm my nerves. I live in an apartment complex and my neighbors have disappeared (not sure what the issue is), however the office said that they haven't paid rent and they are most likely not coming back. But they left a cat in the apartment, with one window slightly cracked. It always paws at the window and meows for attention and my heart is always broken whenever I see him.

I called the office 4 times about the cat and wanting to get update. They are trying to get through legal issues apparently before taking the cat to animal control (or whoever wants to adopt the cat). They said someone's been going in to feed him and meet its basic needs, but I can't help but think they are only doing this every 2-3 days, meaning the cat is having no human/animal interaction for a couple of days straight.

It just sucks always seeing the cat staring out the window, wanting to get some fresh air and feel the sun. But it's just stuck inside all day. I don't know what I can do. Reading this article has somewhat helped, but I still feel awful for that poor baby.

Denise    Everett, WA

10/14/2014 5:06:37 PM

Usually if I'm going to be away all day (or longer) I put on the only DVD that loops; it's a Wallace and Grommit video. I only wish that I had more DVDs, so that my cat could have a wider range of things to watch. Of course, I wish that we had DVD players that could play more than one DVD, like cd players.

Carol    International

10/14/2014 3:14:13 AM

Internal clock? Could some one please tell Belle that clocks haven't gone back yet. Usually at night, 8:15, she tells me it's bedtime. Now it's 7:15pm. She's mean too. She gets me up at 6 every morning. Why? Who knows.After she wins that battle I come downstairs already having fed her at 6 and where is she? In her bed asleep. Guess who runs the house.

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 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.


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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 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

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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 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.


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

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


S    Atlanta, GA

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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.


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!


3/8/2008 6:44:58 AM



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