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Best ways to leave a kitten alone at home?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Right now, I am commuting to work three times a day with my 3 week old kitten. This is the only way for me to be able to feed her regularly and to help her go bathroom.

When the time comes, I will no longer be able to do so and I am hoping for some advise. She just started on semi solid food on Wednesday and she is taking it well. I mixed EVO with KMR and that seems to satisfy her longer. She needs to be fed only after every 5-6 hours and each feeding, she eat as much as 20-25cc. I feed about about 3-4 times a day beginning Wednesday and she never cries for her milk so I think she is not getting hungrier faster.

I have just moved her to a large rubbermaid box, and placed her sleeping bed in it. Since she is not weaned yet, I have not place her food and water nor a litter box inside. I have a heating lamp which heats up part of the box and the temperature in the box is 80F.

Once she is weaned, do you think I can stop bringing her to work? Winter is approaching and I hate for her to go out in such extreme condition. If I leave her at home, I will confine her to her large box with all her food, water and litter box inside. Will that be sufficient?

She will be all by herself three times a week. What else should I do and will this create any problems for her? Kindly advise, thanks!
post #2 of 12
IMO, until she's eating a gruel, she should go with you. I'd wait until 6 weeks or so before leaving her. But, that's IMO.
post #3 of 12
Once she is weaned and using the litter box on her own, I think it will be fine to leave her home alone. But not before that. When I left my lot alone (before they left ) I would confine them to one room with the litter box, food and their bed.

How long will you be away for each day?
post #4 of 12
I would look for a large crate or cage to put her in when you are not right there. Or you can use the bathroom and put everything in there.

Where ever you keep her, you have to "kitten proof" and make sure she cannot get into anything that would hurt her (cleaning supplies, etc.)

I find the bathroom or a very large cage is great for confining young kittens till they are a few months old (3-4 months). Even then, you still might confine to one bedroom till 4-5 months old and the kitten can be trusted.
post #5 of 12
Any chance that you could get a 2nd cat to keep your little one company during the day?
post #6 of 12
Blossom was 3 weeks old when my son found her & I was bottle feeding her for 1-2 weeks. She was fully weaned, eating & drinking on her own & using the litter box by 7 weeks. I then went on a weeks holiday when she was 8 weeks old & my 2 sons were looking after her. While they went to work she was locked in the hallway & bathroom for 8-9 hrs per day. She had all she needed. As well as keeping cleaning products away, watch out for electric cords, string, plants & safe places to climb. I think Blossom probably slept most of the day away.
post #7 of 12
We just rescued a 6-7 week old kitten. My boyfriend and I both work full time. Unfortunately a second cat isn't an option for us right now. There's just not enough room for two cats to live happily in our condo.

We bought her ALOT of toys, a couple of scratching posts and a little kitty condo to keep her occupied while we're away. We keep her in our bedroom with a litter box, food and water, we de-energize/unplug everything before we leave in case she decides to chew on the cords. We also installed "child proof" latches for the cabinetry in the sink area so she can't get into anything under the cabinets (there's no door between our bedroom and sink area)

So far we haven't had much trouble out of her. She's had one accident, either from the stress of us leaving for work for the first time or she just misjudged where her bottom was in relation to her litter box. We come home and she's happy to see us and ready to play with us. She's probably becoming outright spoiled on us running in to see where and how she is and immediately start playing with her.

At least car rides won't be too stressful on your furry friend since she's getting used to them now!
post #8 of 12
Sounds like you have everything under control. She should be fine left alone. Blossom is usually more active morning & evening, sleeps through the day. I think this is pretty typical for cats.
post #9 of 12
I started leaving my bottle fed girl at home for the day, as soon as she was eating well on her own, I put in the bathroom, with her food, water, litter box and her toys,her bed, she was fine. I made sure the seat was down, the toilet paper was up,took out the garbage can. there was nothing she could get into., I'd get home and she'd be just waking up
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for all the input! Will keep in mind to store away all harmful stuffs. I read that cats are pretty self sufficient so I am ok with the idea of leaving her at home alone. I doubt the same can be said for puppies.

I am slowly training her to use the litter box even though she can't go on her own yet. Every time I stimulate her, I'll do in the the litter box. Hopefully, this will make an association and that everytime she needs to go, she'll be reminded of the litter box.

Traveling with her is quite easy actually. I've been carrying her along since the very first day I got her. She don't give me much trouble and will stay firmly in her box. Only once in a while, she'll act up and try to climb out.
post #11 of 12
I rescued Dushka as a three week old kitten with pneumonia and took her to work with me every day for around three weeks so I could feed and stimulate her. I carried her in a large fleece pouch that I wore on my chest, so she could hear my heart and I could hold her and keep her warm. And this was in winter - October/November in Saravejo in the snow! I left her at home when she was 6 weeks old, though I was able to go back most lunch times to feed her and check on her. She is now, five years later, the most loving cat I have ever had.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Since Lucy is still pretty small, I just place her in a pet carrier (box) and leave her in the warmest room at work, which happens to be the supply room. She is unable to climb out of her box (yet), so I was wondering if she will feel very lonely being all by herself in her box.

I drape a fleece blanket over her box and leave a little opening for air but basically, it's quite dark inside. She sleeps after being fed and I can't check on her every hour so she usually stays alone for about 3-4 hours.

Inside her box, I have a snuggly bear toy, a clock and also a bundled rice sock for extra warmth. Whenever I check on her, she'll be either sleeping, which is good, or just sitting there looking around but not making any noise. So I presume she is doing fine.

Whenever it's feeding time, she get all excited and will attempt to climb up the box. She looks a little disorientated at first, maybe because she can't remember where she is but after a while, she will settle down and just wander around, checking out the room and stuffs.

I hope I am not hurting her development in any way since she spends 4 days at home and three days away from home.
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