Our dog or cat is just like babies in many ways. They need your love, attention, and cuddles. They can follow your everyday routine and recognize the signs that you’re about to leave.
Often, they would develop separation anxiety, especially in dogs. They’d try to express their anxiety by staying in a corner or by following you around.
However, leaving them is inevitable because you need to leave for work, travel, and pleasure. There are times when the situation will allow you to bring your pets, but how do you deal with leaving them alone on their own?
How long can you leave your dog or cat alone? Here are some things you need to consider:
Length of your absence
If you are planning to go on a vacation, or if you won’t be home for more than a day, you may want to consider getting a pet sitter.
The advantage of this is you wouldn’t have to worry about anything since someone will attend to them, or check on them from time to time.
It’s also a good idea to have someone your pet is familiar with, such as a friend or a family member, so that they’d be more comfortable.
Your Pet’s age
Your pet’s age is perhaps the biggest factor to consider when it comes to how long you can leave them.
Kittens that are 4 months and below should be checked in on every 4 hours. At 8 months, they can be left for up to 8 hours a day.
This is considerably longer compared to puppies and adult dogs because cats don’t need to be let out to walk, pee and poop.
All you need is to set up 1 or 2 litter boxes where they can do their business. An adult cat can be left alone for 1 – 2 days if they eat dry food or kibbles, as an automated pet feeder makes it possible to feed them even in your absence.
Cats who eat raw or home-prepped meals need someone to prepare their food for them; hence, they need a pet sitter.
On the other hand, puppies that are between 2-3 months old shouldn’t be on their own for more than one hour. They don’t have the restraint to hold their pee and their bladders are still immature.
A 4-month old puppy can hold their pee for more than 4 hours, depending on their potty training. An adult dog can be left for 6 to 8 hours a day, depending on their bathroom habits.
Senior dogs and cats need more bathroom breaks than usual because their bladders are losing their strength. They need to be let out every 2 hours, and this warrants a pet sitter or a friend that can look over.
Cats and dogs need to be confined indoors whenever you leave. Even if your yard is escape- proof, they need protection against extreme weather.
You should make it impossible for your cat to escape, as they are very adept in finding ways to do so.
Remember to give your pets everything they need before you leave.
If you are going to get a pet sitter, list everything down and never assume he or she knows everything. If your pets are going to be alone for 6 to 8 hours, fill their water bowls, fill their food bowls, and set their automated pet feeder.
Check the weather and adjust the temperature to make them comfortable. Talk to them and assure them that you’d be back soon.
They may not understand your words but they understand the tone of your voice. You may install a pet camera so that you can monitor them anytime. You may also leave the television on to make them feel less lonely.
Do everything you can to ensure the safety, security, health, and comfort or your dog or cat when you leave.