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Understanding Cat Behaviour: Why Is My Cat So Clingy?

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Cats are very affectionate animals. They would always like to stay close to us. But there are occasions that this behavior becomes more than the usual thing that we know of. I have noticed it in my cat. Why is my cat so clingy? I have often asked myself that question.

Could there be reasons behind this behavioral change? Having a cat that welcomes you home after a long day at work is everyone’s wish. The same way you feel when the cat welcomes you back home is the very same way the cat feels. It is a mutual benefit.

It can, however, become too much for you. She follows you to the bathroom, to the kitchen and so forth. My cat had the same problem. At first I thought it was a normal behavior, but later on, I realized that there was nothing normal in that behavior. I did some research on my feline friend’s behavior, and I came up with some answers.

Just like human beings, cats can be scared at times. I vividly remember sometime last year when my feline friend was scared of actually everything. It was a tough and challenging time for us. But why is my cat scared all of a sudden? This is a strange behavior in cats, and you must confront her to tell you why she is scared all of a sudden. Just be careful about how to approach her.

Could she be sick? Is it normal? These are some of the questions that I kept asking myself throughout the period when she exhibited this behavior. You might be experiencing the same thing at home with your cat. You realize that she is not comfortable and she keeps hiding from you.

The look on her face is like she sees some ghosts in the house. You are no ghost remember, and there is nothing close to that in your neighborhood. Is it a treatable condition? What are the causes? Look, you are in the right place. This article has it all.

Why is my cat so clingy? What are the causes of this behavior?

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Why is my cat so clingy What are the causes of this behavior

During my research, I came about some of the possible reasons that could make my cat so clingy. Some of them are so weird and yet so true. Have a look; you could be having the same problem or just a couple of days before you experience the same thing.

1. Illness

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Illness

Cats do not speak. Understanding their problems becomes difficult as a result of this. So how do we know for example when they are ill. Could this be one way to alert you that she is ill? Sudden and radical changes in a cat’s behavior symbolize illness.

So this all of a sudden needy behavior that the cat portrays could an earlier sign of illness. She might be turning to you for some comfort. It is through this way that she can forget about the pain she is having.

The same way, if an affectionate cat becomes less clingy, there could be a possibility of an illness. I would advise that you have a veterinarian look into the possible cause of the cat’s behavior.

Cats are very intelligent animals. But of course, they cannot match the human intelligence. Studies have shown that their dreams more or less resemble ours only that they are less abstract. How I wish cats were able to speak so that they can narrate to us the kind of dreams they do have.

I will need to be a cat whisperer to understand their language. I would like to have a verbal fight with my cat especially if she stammers when angry. Generally, dreams are always composed of what we come across during our daily lives.

The same is the case with cats. What? I tend to believe that the cats will soon take over from mankind very soon. How come they have a lifestyle that is almost the same as that we have? I am a worried and concerned human. Do I need to worry more? I will have to consult my cat’s opinion regarding this issue.

These are cats that have radioactive components in them. They can be genetically modified cats that have the ability to change their colors at the exposure to radiation. You thought that chameleons are the only animals capable of changing their colors? You will be surprised you can own a cat with the very same capabilities. That will be so cool, right?

The color change is meant to warn you about the danger that you will be exposed to in that area. This means that you will have to carry your cat along to whichever place you will be going. What can be hard about that? I bet nothing at all. If indeed the friendship between you and your cat is mutual then it should like a marriage, always with each other for better or for worse.

The mythology is created around these ray-cats with praises in music and arts so that their importance as far as warning on dangerous areas is concerned for years to come. This is one of the best warning methods you can find. I hate the deadly warnings of skulls placed on notice boards.

They are so scary. They just make you think that you are already dead (walking dead) or you are going to die the next second. These warnings should be replaced with more friendlier ones that will still drive the message home. I hope you those warnings with skulls as well.

Those scary warning images can make you faint. These signs will make you think that yours with life is over. As if that is the end of your life. And there you are doing all that is within your capability to live as long as the Biblical Methuselah. Everybody strives to stay long nowadays; even your cat would want you to stay longer so that your friendship can last as long as possible.

Another case is the radioactive cats that have gained such status due to treatment from radioactive iodine. Both cases are very important to us as humans. Having a radioactive cat is very important as we shall come to know about in the next section of our article.

2. Environmental changes

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Environmental changes

Why is my cat so clingy? Could it be as a result of the change in environment? These are some of the questions I kept asking myself after I acquired my little friend. I learned that this could have led to the funny behavior.

Cats feel a bit insecure in new environments. She has not found a spot and would generally tend to latch on you more often. Kittens that have left their mothers and taken to new places do miss the motherly comfort. You are the only source of comfort around her. Take no offense if you notice she is becoming so clingy.

Drastic changes such as in furniture and home arrangement can also introduce some fear into the cat. This does not mean you have to stay with the same furniture all the days of your life just to please her. You can, however, do the changes gradually.

Alternatively, you can confine the cat carefully indoors till she gets used to the new environment. New arrival of other pets can also make the cat uneasy. She might think that you might be considering ditching her for the new arrival.

Being that she wants to remain as close as possible to you, she will tend to be clingy. She might be thinking of the wrong she might have done. Your love must be won back by all means. I noticed this when I bought a dog.

I was quite worried. Why is my cat so clingy? I kept asking myself. Little did I know that some fear was building fear in my feline that she might lose some love from me. But I managed to keep all of them close, and things became normal again.

3. Aging

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Aging

Aging cats tend to divert from their normal behaviors. Aloof cats all of a sudden become clingy while friendly ones tend to lose interest in the owner. Do you even know how old your cat is? Old cats don’t play too much, but you will realize some behavior changes in them.

You might get worried about something that you actually have no control over like age. Age is irreversible. So there is no way you can help your friend apart from being there for her during her last days of living. Your cat does not need to start using a walking stick to tell you that she is old. You should have her age-related information with you.

The care and comfort are all she needs at such moments. However much it becomes so annoying at times, do not let her be on her own. If your cat wants to spend the rest of her life with you after sensing that she is old, just allow her to do what she wishes for. She may want to make some reconciliation with you before it is too late.

4. Breed of the cat

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Breed of the cat

Different species of cats have a different genetic preposition. Why is my cat so clingy? Could it be genetic? Purebred cats do exhibit certain traits and personalities such as being clingy. An example is the Abyssinian cats that are more high-spirited and energetic.

This species of cats is too playful and wouldn’t give you a chance to sit on the couch without running to you for some cuddling. Another good example is the Siamese cats that will meow if they need some cuddling.

The Siamese cats are the most vocal cats I have come across. There is one I once had; she could make noise around the house without minding about me. Funnily enough, she could only wait till I was back home and start the noise. Before that, she just behaves okay. I could gently rub the area around her neck, and she will be just fine.

Persian cats, on the other hand, are less active. They, therefore, tend to seek attention as well. Do not worry so much when you see them become clingy.

5. Difficult past life

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Difficult past life

Feline friends that have been rescued from the streets tend to be so much fearful. The past experience keeps haunting them. The same case applies to those that might have been involved in accidents. The only way that she is likely to gain some trust is by being clingy.

My cat was however well raised without so many problems but still had the same problem. “Why is my cat so clingy?” I kept asking myself. Luckily enough, I was able to get the right answer after I carried out extensive research regarding this issue.

Dealing with a clingy cat

Dealing with a clingy cat
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Dealing with a clingy cat

Why the cat?

A cat that is clingy requires proper handling. Below are some of the ways you can use to ensure that both you and your friend are comfortable.

  • The first step is finding out what could be the cause of this behavior. A vet can be of great help here. Always involve their expertise. If it is discovered that it is not health related in any way, then check on any possible environmental causes. Proper diagnosis is very important.
  • Always ensure that the cat has a proper refuge. It is advisable that whenever you are planning to change the environment, you keep the cat safe and away from disturbances. She should never know about the moving. Lock her up in a safe room till all is done then let her out. She won’t notice, and there won’t be many behavioral changes.
  • Cats love companionship. They can get it either from other pets or the owner. In the absence or even harshness of other pets, then you are the only option she is left with. Playing around with her is a good way of minimizing the clingy behavior.
  • Another way of minimizing this behavior is by simply ignoring the cat. A good cat will know that you are against the behavior. Do not reward mediocrity such as the too much clingy trait.
Do not even think about punishing her however much you might be annoyed. Punishments will make them more fearful hence being too demanding. Being that there is nowhere else to report you, she will still be around you to avoid the fear.

A cat that is clingy requires proper handling. Below are some of the ways you can use to ensure that both you and your friend are comfortable.

·         The first step is finding out what could be the cause of this behavior. A vet can be of great help here. Always involve their expertise.  If it is discovered that it is not health related in any way, then check on any possible environmental causes. Proper diagnosis is very important.

·         Always ensure that the cat has a proper refuge. It is advisable that whenever you are planning to change the environment, you keep the cat safe and away from disturbances. She should never know about the moving. Lock her up in a safe room till all is done then let her out. She won’t notice, and there won’t be many behavioral changes.

·         Cats love companionship. They can get it either from other pets or the owner. In the absence or even harshness of other pets, then you are the only option she is left with. Playing around with her is a good way of minimizing the clingy behavior.

·         Another way of minimizing this behavior is by simply ignoring the cat. A good cat will know that you are against the behavior. Do not reward mediocrity such as the too much clingy trait.

Do not even think about punishing her however much you might be annoyed. Punishments will make them more fearful hence being too demanding. Being that there is nowhere else to report you, she will still be around you to avoid the fear.

Do you mean there are different types of sleep that a cat might have? Yes, your question is answered. When I said I was beginning to become worried about the feline friends taking over from us, did you think it was a joke?

Well, let us go back to the issue at hand. The cats are likely to experience two types of dreams depending on the type of sleep they have. They are the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and the non-REM. But what do cat dreams mean?

It is during REM that most dreaming takes place. The eyes move randomly and rapidly making the brain activity to resemble what the animal does when awake. You are likely to see your cat being active at the initial stage of this process. This is becoming strange, but it is very normal for seasoned cat owners. It is not some kind of ritual for joining some weird cat cult. No such things.

You can actually get terrified at the scene of the cat being so much active while asleep. Has she all of a sudden become a ghost? Not really; it is so normal for them to behave that way. She won’t wake up that easily if you try to awaken her. I don’t even know why you want to disturb her at such a time.

Non-REM dreams are those that are less visual with a lot of fragments. Kittens are heavy dreamers compared to the older cats. I know you can be worried about this especially if it is a kitten that you recently acquired. Just give her time, and you will not experience these bizarre scenes since the need for processing new information will be reducing.

What do cat dreams mean? Is there a way in which it is helpful to the cats? The muscle-twitching which is common in kittens and is always accompanied with dreams will be gone with time as the cat grows. Before she becomes an adult, you will have to tolerate your kitten’s natural behavior.

Wrapping up

Wrapping up
Are there products that can be used when the cat is stressed?
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Wrapping up

Why is my cat so clingy? There are numerous reasons why your cat could be as clingy as has been explained in this article. Handling a cat with behavioral changes as mine was at some point not an easy task. It took me a lot of patience and time to understand why my cat was clingy at times. Always seek help from a vet in case you notice any changes in your cat.

The environment in which the cat lives should also be comfortable enough. Why should the cat be worried at home more than anywhere else? That should warrant an arrest of the owner. A comfortable cat is a happy cat. Learn to deal with the cat in the right manner whether she is too clingy or not. Humans are meant to love cats this time around; the cats will do the same when they take over.

How was the article? Did you enjoy reading it? Do not hesitate to ask questions through the comment section provided if there are clarifications that you need.

Why is my cat so clingy? There are numerous reasons why your cat could be as clingy as has been explained in this article. Handling a cat with behavioral changes as mine was at some point not an easy task. It took me a lot of patience and time to understand why my cat was clingy at times. Always seek help from a vet in case you notice any changes in your cat.

The environment in which the cat lives should also be comfortable enough. Why should the cat be worried at home more than anywhere else? That should warrant an arrest of the owner. A comfortable cat is a happy cat. Learn to deal with the cat in the right manner whether she is too clingy or not. Humans are meant to love cats this time around; the cats will do the same when they take over.

How was the article? Did you enjoy reading it? Do not hesitate to ask questions through the comment section provided if there are clarifications that you need.

Why is my cat scared all of a sudden? Is it something that happens so often? And if it is likely to happen again, is there any product I can look for to help my cat? These are some of the tough questions you might ask yourself. I surely did as well. I can relate.

The best news is that there are actually products on the market that can help you control this situation. The Comfort Zone Feliway Diffuser is one product that is known to mimic the cat’s pheromone and therefore helps in calming her down.

This drug-free and odorless product will convince your cat about the safety and friendliness of an area. She will, therefore, have nothing to worry about. With such confidence, she will have automatically minimized on stress-related issues that might leave her scared. By now you should have known that a stressed cat is a scared one.

It is recommended that you have this product with you especially when you have to move into a new house or if you are planning to decorate your house. You will have spared yourself the agony of a stressed and scared cat.

There are treatments that when administered to your feline friend, she is likely to be radioactive to some extent. A radioiodine treatment is one of the most common ways of treating hyperthyroidism. That is not Greek. I can see you scratching your head at the mention of the word.

In simple terms, hyperthyroidism is a condition most common in older and middle-aged cats. When is the last day you held a birthday celebration for your cat? Do you even remember how old your cat is? Well, that should be a story for another day. This condition will make your cat start behaving so strangely.

Your cat is likely to have an increased appetite, eating everything and anything she comes about. The funny part is that with this heavy feeding, your friend will keep losing weight. It is like the food is passed out directly as it comes from the mouth.

Other symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, frequent thirst and urination, mood changes and hyperactivity. This condition can be treated using the Pet Wellbeing Methimazole for Cats which is continuously administered for a year or longer for complete treatment.

Can your cat maintain this dosage for a year? That is practically impossible. My cat is that type that has a phobia for drugs. So a one-off treatment will save you the struggle. The best way of treating such a condition is therefore by using the radioactive iodine.

The radioactive iodine is injected once into the cat, and that will be the end of treatment. This automatically makes your best friend radioactive. But what is special about a radioactive cat that has undergone this method of hyperthyroidism treatment? Well, the radioactive iodine is safe for human beings. I can see the sigh of relief on your face now.

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