Your whole apartment needs to be kitten-proofed anyway. Even when you're there, I'm not sure if you yet fully appreciate how quickly things can happen. Kittens can be injured even when their owner is within touch distance, because they're extremely fast and very unpredictable.
Have you considered finding a sitter to look after your kitten? When Zephyr was a baby he stayed at a friend's house when I was at work, so I didn't have to leave him unsupervised for long periods of time.
If you do have no choice but to leave your kitten alone, definitely leave out water, a litterbox, a soft place to sleep, and toys to play with. Depending on how long you're gone and the age of the kitten, you may also need to arrange to have at least one feeding done while you're away.
If this sounds impossible to you, it may just be that at this stage of your life you're not in a position to have a kitten. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it's not a criticism; I'm not a position in my life to have a kitten either, even though I have two older cats who are happy and healthy. Kittens just need more, and take a lot more work.
It sounds like maybe an older cat would be better suited to your lifestyle right now. That doesn't mean you couldn't have a kitten in the future.
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