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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Leaving 6 month bonded pair alone

Hello All,

I have found a bonded pair of 6 month old kittens that I would like to adopt through a rescue.
I am out of the house for just a little over a normal work day about 8.5 hrs, and I was just wondering how long can i leave them alone until they get older where I wouldn't worry as much. I did a google search and have found mixed results. one result that I have found was that a 6 month old kitten could be left alone for approx 8 hours (i am going on the basis that this is one kitten) but I have my reservations
I have all the necessary items ready to go for them to use. they would have the run of the house to help adjust as i am not a big fan of confining a cat to one room.

So i am asking you all experienced cat owners out there your thought.

All suggestions/comments/questions welcome as this is a big decision for me.
should it not be advisable that would be okay then i will continue my search.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 01:22 AM
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A 6 month old cat is no tiny little kitten. That's a pretty solid age and my guys stayed confined in a kitten proofed room for their safety until about 8 months old (book might have been older, but it was so long ag o I can't remember). It was only while I was out of the apartment or sleeping.

I wouldn't think of it as confining them. It's a safe 'den' where they can play and amuse themselves while you're gone or sleeping. Any other time they can have free run of the apartment. Also, it's certainly not forever. I doubt they'd need to be 'confined' for more than a few months until you're sure your apartment is kitten prooofed enough to leave them out when you aren't there to watch them.

Also, you say they would have the run of the place to help them adjust... cat's don't really work that way. You start in a smaller area and as they build confidence you let them venture out and expand their territory. A large area can be very overwhelming for a kitten. Think of their instincts to stay hidden while they are vulnerable and young.

A bonded pair is perfect if they are going to be alone all day. They can amuse each other and keep each other company.
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Agree with MowMow, a smaller room is good, be sure to check for wires they could chew, and other things, kittens are like 'crawler' human babies...anything they can fit in their mouth...they will!

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