Do you have a Velcro cat? If your cat sticks to you like Velcro, you've probably got a clingy cat on your hands. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on a few factors, including your perspective and the reasons your cat is clingy. To some cat parents, any cat that exhibits more dog-like behaviors — such as following you around the house, running to greet you when you come home or being extra affectionate — is considered clingy when compared to cats who are more independent and aloof.
Signs of Clinginess in Cats:
- Following you everywhere, including to the bathroom.
- Wanting to constantly be on you when you're sitting or lying down.
- Meowing constantly to get your attention.
- Demanding affection when you're trying to focus on something other than them.
- Refusing to eat when you're not there.
- Acting shy and sticking close to you when visitors come over.
- Sulking or hiding when you're getting ready to leave, or rubbing against your legs in an attempt to keep you there.
- Getting overly excited when you return home.
Why are some cats clingy?
One of the most common reasons that your cat sits on you is simply for affection. If your cat feels safe and trusts you, they'll come and sit on your lap to both give and receive attention. While this is common in affectionate breeds like Ragdolls, even the most aloof cats seek out attention from time to time.
Reasons why your cat is so clingy?
- Separation Anxiety
A cat can become overly clingy because they have separation anxiety or some other issue relating to nervousness. Although cats do not tend to experience separation anxiety as severely as other pets, more sensitive cats can certainly have separation anxiety that manifests through clinginess.
- Health Problems
Many cats will go to great lengths to hide that they are injured or sick in any way, but not all domesticated cats do this. In contrast, some cats will do the opposite. They will become clingy because they are looking for safety and help in you.
Even though clinginess can be a sign of some serious issues, it can also be a sign of boredom. Cats need a whole lot of mental stimulation. If they do not get it, they will force mental stimulation in whatever way possible. Boredom clinginess will often be in the form of constantly touching you or trying to play with you in some way.
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.