How exciting! We hope your new pet has had some time to relax and feel secure in your home. The first article about how to get pets ready for a new schedule will help your new best friend too. However, puppies and kittens have some special requirements for being alone at home.
First, of course, is safety. If you’re going out or are going back to work, you’ll need a safe place to leave your new pet. It may be a crate or a blocked off room. Just make sure this area is pet-proofed (no electrical cords, nothing she could get stuck in, and safe toys only). Make sure your pet has a nice comfy bed and maybe a blanket or towel that smells like you.
Did you adopt a feline friend? Don’t think just because you have a kitten she doesn’t need to be occupied during the day. Maybe a cat can handle more alone time, but a kitten needs a little more love. We can come in and give your kitty a mid-day snack and playtime if you’d like. Or try leaving a blanket with your scent on it and a few treats hidden it in.
How long can a puppy “hold it” while you’re gone?
- 8 – 10 weeks: 1 hour or less
- 10 – 12 weeks: 2 hours is the max
- 3 – 6 months: generally 1 hour of holding power per month. So a 3-month-old puppy will need a potty break every 3 hours.
- 6 months +: at this age, they can hold it like an adult dog, usually about 6 hours
How long can a puppy stay alone in a crate? (Below are the maximum times, don’t resort to doing this every day).
- 8 – 10 weeks: 30 – 60 minutes
- 11 – 14 weeks: 1 – 3 hours
- 15 – 16 weeks: 3 – 4 hours
- 17+ weeks: 4 – 5 hours
If you have a young pup or kitten, you’ll need to make arrangements for some potty breaks and playtime for them. If you can get home for lunch or have a family member that can help – that’s great.
If not, we are experts at puppy and kitten care, walks, and playtime! We can help you out, contact us!