It’s no secret that cats can be quite clingy. Our cared-for kittens are always counting on their pet parents, which is why they tend to follow us around like a lost sheep — or kitty — as the case may be.
Our shadows are like a safety blanket for our trusting, tail-wagging friends, but their behavior is also an expression of affection and a means to curb their curiosity.
Inquisitive kitty-cats want to share their signals of love for their favorite person and, at the same time, know exactly where you are and what you’re up to.
Whatever their motive, their humans will always be the epicenter of their universe, so you might just have to get used to being attached at the hip!
What are the main reasons for a cat to be following you?
● Good company. There’s no getting away from it, your friendly felines love you! Every melodic ‘meow’, every time they tailgate you, all the occasions they refuse to leave you alone, is down to the strong social bond they have formed with you.
● Attention-seeking. Health is happiness, and happiness is health, for our purr-fect pets. Try not to let life get in the way of your relationship with your kitty; save time in your schedule to provide your companion with the affection and attention they crave.
● Exploration. Cats love to explore their surroundings. They’re also quite territorial and like to know what’s going on around their home. Different rooms have different sights, sounds and scents to pique their interest, which spikes their playfulness and keeps them entertained.
● Feeding. When hunger kicks in, your kitty-cat will likely let you know about it. Slight, yet unsubtle, brushes upon your legs will tell you that they’re ready for a full-flavored feast. However, if they continue to follow you after their meal has been provided, it could be a sign that they’re nutritional needs require some adaptation.
● Illness. Cats can’t put their emotions into words, but they’re able to convey them in other ways. Behavioral traits can intensify if they’re feeling stress, anxiety or illness, so they might follow your every move while voicing their discontent.
Should I be worried that my cat won’t leave me alone?
Usually, no, as our fabulous fur babies are famously tactile. However, there are occasions when sticking to their humans like glue ought to be noted.
If your feline’s attachment issues intensify, and they get themselves into a bit of a tizzy in your absence, then it might be time to schedule an appointment with your vet in order to properly diagnose their behavior.
Also, if your cat begins to exhibit a sudden change in the way they act around you – if they’re demonstrating clingy traits that weren’t present previously – then it could be wise to book in with a specialist/expert.
This is probably your cat’s way of telling you that something is wrong, that they’re feeling unsafe/vulnerable, distressed, nursing an underlying health condition, or they’re suffering from separation anxiety.
Either way, for the sake of their wellbeing, get your kitty-cat checked out at the earliest possible opportunity.
Speak to your vet if separation anxiety becomes an issue
Appreciate and enjoy the attention you’re getting from your smooth-coated kitty.
The affection of your four-legged fur baby is like no other, so just take it all in and ensure it’s reciprocated.
As this bond tightens, however, it can increase the risk of separation anxiety in our clingy cats.
Mild forms of the condition are usually unconcerning, and generally go unnoticed by pet parents, while more severe cases will see your companion play up a little bit.
Their behavior in itself could be a clue, should they become more vocal or attached, though they can also vent in ways that signify their displeasure.
Scratching furniture, pulling down ornaments and plants, excessive grooming, protesting by doing their business outside the litter tray, aggressive behavior, and vomiting and/or diarrhea are tell-tale signs that your cat is suffering.
Contact your veterinarian right away if you have any concerns.