Can British Shorthair Cats Be Left Alone?
Yes, British Shorthair cats are strong and independent, they can handle short-term loneliness around 1 to 3 days better than other breeds. In case of longer periods, it is advised to arrange a cat sitter service or a friend who can visit your cat every day. No matter how for how long you will be away, you must provide your cats with regular meals and fresh water.
However there might be some problems, if your work schedule is erratic or if you’re frequently away. If your cat is alone for long periods or doesn’t know when you might come back, it can result in anxiety and depression. In that case, do consider arranging for someone to stop by once a day to check in and make sure your cat is doing okay.
Your British Shorthair may let you know that they feel unhappy in the following ways:
- Trying to prevent you from leaving.
- Damaging furniture or property.
- Inappropriate urinating/defecating.
- Lack of appetite.
- Recurrent health issues.
If you need to be away from home frequently, arranging for a cat-sitter to keep your pet entertained and well cared for is recommended. Cat trees, stuffed chew toys or more complex games such as puzzles with a treat as a reward can help your feline friend stay happy while you’re out at work. Another option is simply to provide your pet with a feline companion.