11 Mar 2020.
The length of time you can leave a kitten on its own will depend on its age and health. And whether the kitten has a brother or sister to play with.
A kitten’s sensitive period of socialisation and behavioural development is between 2-7 weeks; therefore the breeder would have been almost entirely responsible for ensuring your kitten was well socialised and desensitised to different people, noises, smells and other species of pet. A kitten that is well socialised during this time will usually be less anxious or fearful and will likely cope better when left alone for any length of time. This makes it very important to check what sort of socialisation your kitten has had whilst with the breeder and to continue this process right up until around 10 weeks of age.
Kittens under 4 months should not spend a period longer than 2-4 hours alone. From 4-5 months this can be increased to 5 hours and from 6 months up to 8 hours.
Young kittens, under 4 months, especially should not be left for long periods so if you have to leave for longer periods of time it is advisable to consider getting a cat sitter to pop by. This has the added bonus of also improving your kitten’s socialisation behaviours with new people.
It is a great idea to provide your kitten with toys designed for young cats and activities to keep them occupied whilst you are away.
Most kittens are inquisitive and will want to explore their new home. Often they will choose to do this when it is quieter in the home and when you have popped out. Unfortunately there are many hazards in the home, some of which are often easily overlooked. Here is a quick guide on how to keep your house safe:
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