usually less clingy than dogs. Their independence is one of their trademarks
that we all love. But if you notice your cat following you around all the time,
it might be something else.
think of it as a sign of too much love coming from them. It might look cute,
but it could also be something else. If your cat is not like this before, the
sudden change in behavior makes you wonder "Why is my cat so clingy?"
article, we'll take a look at the possible reasons. We'll try to narrow it down
as best as we can.
Abandoned or Orphaned
to bond with their mother especially when they’re young. If they weren’t able
to do that, they’ll have a hard time adjusting. Lack of early nurturing from
their mothers will affect them until they’re fully grown. This can be seen with
their clinginess or when they have separation anxiety.
reason why they become so clingy is because of abandonment issues. If you’re
adopting a cat, ask about their history too. And while it’s more difficult to
care for cats with separation anxiety and abandonment issues, a little love and
training will do the trick. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Removed from the mother too early
mentioned earlier, it’s important for cats to be nurtured by their mother
during the early stages of their life. They need their mother’s milk to
survive, to give them nourishment, and to comfort them.
weren’t able to get this before, it can also lead to clingy behavior. The same
goes if they were removed from their littermates a little too early. If they
were removed from their littermates, before they reach 8 weeks old, they are at
risk of having emotional issues as they grow old.
a strong bond with their siblings and mother at this stage. Removing them too
early will cause them to suffer emotional issues like social anxiety and
clinginess. They should be more mature, and it should be done with gradual
weaning or proper transition.
they weren’t like this before? You’re probably wondering “Why is my cat being
who are placed in a new environment will also display clinginess due to having
trouble with the adjustments. They may behave needily because they are
unfamiliar with the place.
addressing this issue may take some time, keep trying and keep encouraging
them. A stress-free home is what they need to live healthily and happily.
cat is having trouble adjusting, call for help and check if they need medical
assistance too. It’s better to be safe.
New family members
goes for cats when new members of the family are introduced. Whether it’s a
baby, another relative, or another pet at home -- your cat will have trouble
with the sudden changes. They can become clingy overnight. They’re usually
going to have some suspicions with the new members in your home.
is a good way for them to cope with the new changes around your home. You can
help them adjust by putting a limit to the changes that can happen in their
them a sense of security, keep up with their feeding routine and other
activities. Give them the attention and care they need, so they won’t have to
be worried or be afraid of all the new changes.
show clinginess as they grow older. This could be because they are experiencing
having trouble because they’re beginning to lose their sight, hearing,
coordination, or even their balance. They’re not as sharp as they used to be,
so they’ll be relying more on their owners for guidance and protection.
cats can also have cognitive dysfunction too. They can have vision impairments
and hearing loss which make them feel unsafe in your home.
A good way
to gauge if they’re having cognitive dysfunction is if they’re constantly
bumping into furniture or if they continue to walk hesitantly at your home plus
being clingy all of a sudden. If you see these signs, have your cat checked.
are usually independent by their nature, they won’t show you if they’re in
pain. They tend to hide from us whenever they’re injured or feeling unwell. But
cats aren’t all the same too; some do the opposite. Their clinginess might be
their way of showing that they’re asking for help. Here are some common health problem of cat.
cats keep following you around the house and you notice that they either gained
or lost weight, lost their appetite, and some signs of anxiety, it might be
time to have checked with a vet.
who have been left alone at home for a long period of time tend to get bored.
If your cat was used to being alone at home or used to seeing you leave the
house but suddenly changed, it might be due to having a new routine. If your
shift changed abruptly, your cat is still getting used to seeing you leave home
earlier or much later.
anxiety in cats can also have a lot of causes. It could be due to the new
environment, new family members at home, or just an overall change in your
are no underlying medical conditions, you can condition your cat to be less
clingy. You’ll have to stop rewarding their bad behavior and reinforce it with
the good ones.
cats tend to weave their paws on your legs whenever you walk and are always
trying to get in between whatever it is that you're doing. While it can look
cute and endearing, there might be underlying issues here that need to be
need to know if their clinginess is due to their history, medical issues, or
separation anxiety. Pinpointing the source can be difficult, but we hope this
article has helped you look for those signs.
As a rule, if you’re not sure, just go and ask for help first before trying to fix anything.