How to fix clinginess in cats

How to fix clinginess in catsCats’ personalities are shaped by their biology and environment. Cats with a shy, nervous temperament can become clingy due to specific phobias or the feline equivalent of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cats can also develop deprived personalities if they have experienced neglect, deprivation, or poor socialization as kittens.

Some cat breeds (such as the Siamese) are more affectionate while others are generally more independent. Not all affectionate cats are clingy, but they may be more prone to developing this trait, especially when under stress.

Symptoms of over-addiction in cats

Clinging cats want to be with their owners constantly. They demand attention frequently and try to maintain physical contact (such as sitting on an owner’s lap) as much as possible. They follow their owners, get frustrated when left on their own, and may lose their appetite or throw up when their owners leave the house. In extreme cases, they develop neurotic habits, such as:

If a previously self-reliant cat suddenly becomes needy, it usually signals a medical problem or anxiety related to a specific event, such as:

  • Arrival of a new baby or pet
  • Death of an animal or loved one
  • Move

If a cat that wasn’t needy in the past suddenly begins exhibiting signs of clinginess, bring her in for a veterinary check-up to rule out illness. If the traction was induced by a recent change, pay more attention to guide it through a difficult period. With a little support, most cats will eventually recover. However, if the need is a long-term problem and not a temporary response, the following approaches can be used to reduce separation anxiety and increase self-confidence and independence.

How to reduce separation anxiety in cats?

Clinging cats usually suffer from separation anxiety. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce separation anxiety in overly dependent cats:

  • Don’t engage in elaborate good-bye routines when leaving the house; keep the keys under the door or in your bag to get out quickly.
  • Give your cat a favorite toy or treat just before you leave so that she associates your outing with something positive.
  • When you go home, ignore the cat for 10-15 minutes, especially if it needs attention. Wait until she’s calm and then provide affection.
  • If your cat behaves in an undesirable way, such as dirtying the house or scratching the furniture while you are outside, don’t yell or punish him as this will worsen the stress-induced behavior.
  • Provide a hiding place (it could be anything from luxurious living with a kitten on the carpet to a cardboard box with a cut-out door). Add clothes (unwashed so they smell) for convenience. This gives the cat a safe place to retreat when she’s alone and anxious. A comfort object should also be provided if she needs to stay overnight at the vet’s or board somewhere else temporarily.
  • A few false starts can help educate your cat not to panic when he sees that you are preparing to leave. Put on your coat and go out for a minute or two, then come back, varying the length of these excursions until the cat learns that not every leave-taking means you’ll be gone for hours or days.

How to reduce attachment in overly dependent cats?

To help needy cats become more confident and independent:

  • Play the interactive game rather than pamper yourself.
  • Ignore demanding behavior. Set aside one or more set times for expressing your feelings (such as in the evening with a good book or your favorite TV show) and stick to these routines.
  • If the cat starts kneading or sucking on your clothes or your auricles (common self-comforting behavior in needy cats), gently remove it from your lap, stand up and leave the room.
  • If he is obsessed with a person, let others participate in cuddling, feeding him, playing and grooming himself to widen the circle of people he feels comfortable with.
  • Try a calming pheromone product for cats, such as Feliway (not all cats respond, but many do).
  • If the cat is friendly to other cats, consider adopting a second pet cat, preferably a kitten, to reduce the likelihood of a fight for dominance and make sure you handle the introduction properly.
  • Sometimes the need arises from boredom. To avoid boredom, provide an enriched environment with lots of activities such as solo toys, healthy treats hidden around the house (assuming the cat is not overweight), scratching posts, cat-safe plants, and a fun show (such as a feeding trough for birds outdoors a window).
  • Owners who are afraid of letting their cats out due to traffic, predators, pet thieves, and other dangers should consider installing a cat enclosure or enclosure if they are outside, so that they can safely release their cats. Leash training and safe walks with your cat are also an option.
  • If your cat’s anxiety causes him to urinate, spray, or defecate in inappropriate places, see Why Cats Contaminate the Litter Box Outside the Litter Box for information on deterrents and recovery strategies. or a dirty litter box, so if your cat starts urinating dirty in the house, clean the box first and take her for a vet exam before assuming the problem is behavioral.)

In extreme cases, if all else fails, the vet may prescribe anti-anxiety medication or recommend a natural anxiety medication.

You can find more articles about cats on the main cat page.

How to fix clinginess in cats

Nasal congestion is a symptom of inflammation of the lining of the nose (medically called rhinitis), which leads to excess mucus. The type of discharge varies depending on the cause, but can be watery, mucoid (thick), purulent, or bloody. Discharge can lead to hyperemia where the nose becomes partially or completely blocked. This affects the cat’s ability to smell, which can impact the cat’s appetite.


The most common cause of stuffy nose is feline flu (usually caused by feline herpesvirus or calicivirus), which is similar to the common cold in humans. Other causes include allergies, foreign bodies, fungal infections, nasal polyps, tumors, gum disease, tooth root abscesses, and cleft palate.

Nasal congestion can affect one or both nasal passages and can be chronic (long-term) or acute. The type of discharge, along with the symptoms, can provide the vet with a clue as to the cause.

How to cure a clogged cat?

Treatment aims to address the underlying cause and relieve congestion. Unfortunately, most of the medications we take to clear nasal congestion are toxic to cats.

Increase the humidity

Put the cat in a small room with closed doors and windows, use a humidifier with a cool mist twice a day. Moisture helps to break down mucus and soothe inflammation of the nasal passages, relax congestion in the nasal passages.

If you don’t have a humidifier, place the cat in a warm bathroom with the shower running for 10-15 minutes. The water must be hot enough to fill the steam bath, which hydrates the mucus and facilitates its drainage from the nasal cavity.

Do this two or three times a day.

Nasal drops with physiological solution

Nasal drops with physiological solution can be purchased over the counter at any chemist (pharmacy), always check the label to make sure it only contains saline and no other medications which can be toxic to cats.

These drops are designed for human nostrils which are considerably larger than a cat’s nostrils. Be careful when instilling nasal drops with saline so as not to introduce too much saline into the nostril. You can add a drop or two to the end of the cotton ball and squeeze the liquid into the nostril.

The saline solution usually causes the cat to sneeze, which can help clear the nasal passages.

Remove the discharge from the eye and nose

Discharge from the eyes and nose can dry out and crust. Soak a face cloth or cotton ball in warm water and apply to the crunchy area to soften and clean. Do not add anything to the cloth, just water. Be careful when wiping the cat’s eyes and nasal area as it can be sore.

Encourage your cat to eat

Just as we often lose our appetite when we have a cold, cats can too when they can’t smell anything due to congestion. The cat needs to eat so that he has enough energy to recover.

Offer high-value food such as chicken breast, tinned tuna or baby food (make sure it doesn’t contain garlic or onion), and warm in the microwave to make the food smell more pungent. Mix well to make sure there are no hot spots. Soft food has the added benefit of being gentler on the throat which can hurt in case of upper respiratory infections.

Stay hydrated

Cats can quickly become dehydrated when sick, especially if they don’t eat enough. Encourage your cat to drink water by keeping a clean, fresh supply nearby. Switching to a canned diet or boiled chicken breast with some pan-fried water can increase your fluid intake.

Create a quiet, comfortable neighborhood

Keep your cat as warm and comfortable as possible. Prepare a comfortable bed with food and water bowls and a litter box. Cats with feline flu should be kept separate from other cats in the home to reduce the risk of transmission.

Medical treatment

Seek veterinarian help if home treatments don’t work, if symptoms don’t improve in a day or two, or if your cat shows additional symptoms such as refusal to eat, dehydration, fever, lethargy, and weakness.

  • Antibiotics for the treatment of secondary infections
  • Topical decongestants in children
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Antihistamines (diphenhydramine)
  • Appetite stimulators
  • Fluid therapy
  • Nebulizer
  • Oxygen therapy

Never give your cat over-the-counter or prescription (including cold medications or pain relievers) unless your vet has advised you. Most of the drugs used in humans are extremely toxic to cats due to their impaired metabolism.

Chronic rhinitis

Some cats with chronic rhinitis will experience flare-ups in the future. By treating the nasal load and maintaining nutrition, symptoms should improve rapidly.

Keeping your cat stress-free at home, eating a balanced, high-quality diet, and following a vaccination protocol set by your cat’s vet can help reduce flare-ups in the future.


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My brother had a dog that couldn’t be with other dogs, so I’m experienced with finding places to bring pets. From this experience, we usually went for a walk along the path on the same day of the week and at the same time a week earlier. So we could hear the traffic level and who else was at that time / place. If it were good, we would take his dog down the same trail, at the time and on the day of the week. This didn’t stop you from traversing abrupt road crossings or keeping a leash tight when something unexpected happened, but it generally led to quieter walks.

It turned out that they performed particularly well on bike paths, as many people avoid them with dogs. The parks right after the sports championship ends are generally quite quiet for about an hour. Much of this is simply paying attention to the ebb and flow of people and choosing the timing. Meal times, just before people get home from work or right after the kids go to bed.

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My brother had a dog that couldn’t be with other dogs, so I’m experienced with finding places to bring pets. From this experience, we usually went for a walk along the path on the same day of the week and at the same time a week earlier. So we could hear the traffic level and who else was at that time / place. If it were good, we would take his dog down the same trail, at the time and on the day of the week. This didn’t stop you from traversing abrupt road crossings or keeping a leash tight when something unexpected happened, but it generally led to quieter walks.

It turned out that they performed particularly well on bike paths, as many people avoid them with dogs. The parks right after the sports championship ends are generally quite quiet for about an hour. Much of this is simply paying attention to the ebb and flow of people and choosing the timing. Meal times, just before people get home from work or right after the kids go to bed.

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Once again Kieka’s advice is great.

I have some locations away from the general population that are used lightly on weekdays. Weekends can be very busy.

All dogs are on a leash where I live, but as many of us know, few dog owners seem to follow this rule.
I do a lot of hikes and I’d say 80% of the time I ran into dogs on the trail that got unleashed. Most owners will tie up their dogs when they see you on the trail.
Now that I’m taking Buddy with me on a trip, he’s older for me.

The first thing I did was come up with some characters. I put them at the beginning of the path and at the crossroads.
Help everyone who follows your path. Those coming from a different direction will obviously not see the signs and have no idea that you went out with the cat.

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I always carry Buddy with his backpack. W ten sposób, kiedy coś zauważę, mam nadzieję, że uda mi się zabrać go z powrotem do plecaka i z dala od niebezpieczeństwa.

Here is a video of me taking it out of my backpack. After he leaves, I always close everything except the top one when I put it back on my back. That way I can bring him back to the herd as soon as possible if needed.

Earlier last week, I created a mod for his backpack to make it quick and easy to get the backpack off my back.
I should have let go of the leash by changing hands before completely removing the pack.
Now I have put a buckle on one of the shoulder straps. I can release the buckle and remove the wrapper without worrying about the lanyard.

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This is a great question and I appreciate the suggestions.

I live with a young Savannah who will trot happily and confidentially and run on a leash a mile or more from home, but who is afraid of cars, pedestrians and maybe even dogs.

We haven’t met the dog yet.

Vivo a un quarto di miglio da un sentiero davvero bello e i cani non dovrebbero essere là fuori senza guinzaglio, ma anche un cane al guinzaglio può spaventarlo. I can carry it on the trail in a cat’s backpack to contain its panic when a rare car passes by, and have it with me to throw it back in if I hear something coming. But I know some cars went over it before I could pull it, it doesn’t always work.

We haven’t actually met anyone on the trail yet, but talking to someone 20 feet away on the road while in his cat backpack caused him to make threatening cat noises and hide from visitors so I guess he wouldn’t have enjoyed exploring people on his trail. I have tried to spend half an hour a day with him, sitting 30 feet from the street in different places so that he can get used to the things he might encounter while walking, but since I’m in a sparsely populated area he usually doesn’t go through anything and the learning opportunities are very few.

When trying to climb almost any tree on the way home I think he will probably try to climb a tree if something scares him and it would be a good idea to attach a thin thread to the rubber band making sure his retractable leash handle is locked. to me, because sometimes he can snatch it out of my hand and carry a few light pieces of plastic net and a 10-by-10 rope in case he falls dangerously high in a tree. That way, I could quickly sustain something that would prevent a possible fall.

We present the velcro cat! This is the type of cat that will give you a LOT of affection and attention. They broke the stereotypical cat personality: restraint and indifference.

Velcro cats will follow you everywhere, even in the bathroom. They deliberately position themselves on the computer while they work. You will always notice them staring at you or meowing as you prepare to leave the house. And because they always want to be with you, they may refuse to eat when you’re not around.

Chociaż fajnie jest mieć kota, który wydaje się ci oddany, może to również oznaczać, że coś jest nie tak i z czasem może to być trochę kłopotliwe. What if your kitten becomes too difficult to manage?

The difference between a clingy cat and a friendly cat

First, let’s draw the line between the adorable cat and the sticky cat to see if your pet turns into velcro.

A friendly cat Sticky cat
Your cat rubs itself against your foot or legs when it’s just hungry. Your cat is lying on top of you out of nowhere.
Your cat will sometimes lick or knead you. Your cat will always lick or knead you when he wants.
Your cat is fine when she is always alone. Your cat accompanies you everywhere, even when you use the bathroom.
Your cat plays alone while working or reading. Your cat will do anything to get your attention, such as lying on a laptop or a book.
Your cat will never stare at you and will avoid your eyes if you do. Your cat stares at you almost 24/7.
Your cat is content with eating alone. You have to be home when he eats, otherwise he won’t eat.
Your cat loves sleeping alone in their own bed. Your cat treats your bed like it’s his own just to be around you.

In short, a friendly cat will only get your attention when it needs you. This does not apply to cats attached or with Velcro fasteners. They want to be with you day and night, even when you sleep or are busy with your daily activities.

Two types of sticky cats

There are two “breeds” of velcro cats: the needy cat and the discerning cat. We mentioned the characteristics of a needy cat above, comparing it to a friendly cat. Or maybe a picky cat? Here are the signs that you have one:

  • Your cat yells at you when it’s time for lunch or dinner.
  • Your cat will cause a commotion that will wake you up in the morning.
  • Your cat will do anything until you pick it up.
  • Your cat spontaneously sits on your lap without being invited.

9 signs your cat is clingy

Now let’s dive into the way the velcro cat works. If you’ve experienced four or more of the following scenarios, congratulations (?) You have a clingy cat:

  1. You’ve lost count of the number of times you’ve tripped over your cat.
  2. Always be careful when walking around the house to avoid being stepped on by your cat.
  3. Your cat kneads you or scratches you repeatedly to get attention.
  4. Your cat goes on hunger strike if you are not at home.
  5. Do you always share the bed with your cat or is it the other way around?
  6. They become restless when you sit in a different chair.
  7. Your cat will latch on to you whenever the opportunity presents itself.
  8. You will always pet your cat.
  9. When you leave the house, your cat always rushes towards you and asks you to stay.

Why is your cat so clingy?

At first you thought it was cute, but later you will realize how upsetting it is for both of you. Even if you want to be there for your cat, it’s not possible. You still need to go to work or school or run errands at home and away from home.

But why is your cat clingy? Is it somehow your fault that you pamper her? Let her do what he wants. You let them disturb and even reward their needy behavior with treats, scratches, or belly rubs.

However, if it isn’t, then maybe it’s a congenital disease or medical condition? It is possible that she was separated from her mother too soon and now you think you are her real “mother” to her. Another reason is that she is a foster cat who is constantly looking for her forever home.

It is also possible that he has a health problem. Since they can’t verbally tell you they’re not okay, they’ll show you their clingy behavior. Or your cat is just bored. Yes, it is not due to illness or injury. Your cat is just B-O-R-E-D.

Cats are complicated.

How to deal with a clingy cat

Ecco alcuni "rimedi casalinghi" per affrontare le rape del tuo gatto:

  • Gently pick up your cat and pull him away from you when he constantly rubs against you or at the most inopportune moments.
  • It would be difficult at first, but you should ignore them as they scratch your door. You must resist!
  • Try to limit your interaction with them. Remember that not all meows or licks are guaranteed to be a couple of bites or treats.
  • Give her toys, scratching posts, and vertical space so she doesn’t get bored. Better yet, she adopts another cat for company.

If the above solutions didn’t work for you, you and your cat will need to visit your vet for medical attention as they may not feel well.

What if you still want a cat without being clinging?

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You don’t need to adopt another cat to give them company because you know that a plus one will cost you a lot. Plus, you can still get on with your daily life as they will never be demanding or needy.

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Many cats like their independence. Unlike dogs, these distant furry ones are praised for low maintenance and self-care. In addition to meals, cats bathe, use the litter box, and do almost everything else without the help of humans. It’s hard to imagine such proud felines acting clingy, which is why a suddenly clingy kitty can raise some suspicion.

If your cat suddenly starts acting clingier than usual, you may be tempted to dismiss the behavior as bizarre and not think about it. However, drastic changes in behavior one way or the other are not only strange—they’re usually cause for concern.

While a visit to the vet is necessary to make sure your furry friend is okay, here are some common reasons why your independent cat suddenly steps on you.

Chronic health problems

Cats are inherently independent, and this behavior is usually related to their health and well-being. Our feline friends will do their best to hide their pain and deal with the problem on their own. That’s why pet parents need to pay such close attention to detect an infected wound or a sore paw.

But while many cats hide when they are feeling sick or injured, others may do the opposite. Becoming clingy might be their way of asking for help because they’re dealing with a serious health concern.

If your cat won’t stop following you around and is experiencing additional issues like weight loss, inappetence or anxiety, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. It’s possible that your furry friend isn’t sure how to solve their problem, so they’re seeking comfort from you, their beloved owner. If anything, attachment is a sign that they trust you in time of need!

You won’t know for sure what’s wrong until a vet provides a diagnosis. However, stickiness is a common symptom in cats just before an attack. Many diseases can cause seizures in cats, so talk to your vet to find out the gist of the problem.

Cognitive dysfunction or disability

As senior cats age, they’re more likely to become clingy. This could be a sign of cognitive dysfunction. Older cats can experience a range of symptoms including loss of vision, hearing, balance and coordination. Essentially, cats with cognitive dysfunction are not as sharp as they used to be and get clingy because they rely on their owners’ senses for guidance.

Younger cats can be clingy for a similar reason. Although cognitive dysfunction is more common in older cats, feline companions of all ages can suffer from hearing and vision problems that make them feel unsafe in your home. Consider making an appointment with your vet if your cat is clingy, unstable around the house, or bumps into furniture.

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New family members

Cats are creatures with habits and they need routines to feel safe. Regular feeding, cleaning the litter box, and daily routine help them feel comfortable. But they also get used to your home and the people who live there.

New members of the household like a baby, grandparent or another furry friend can throw your kitty’s routine out of whack. If your family has recently changed and your cat has gotten clingy overnight, he may be suspicious of new weird people in your home!

It may take some time for your cat to get used to these changes. Help them by limiting other changes to their routine. Keep up a consistent feeding regimen and give them lots of attention to let them know there’s no reason to be afraid.

Stressful environment

New family members are stressful enough for cats, but lots of other things could stress your cat out, too. Membership can be a sign that your cat trusts you but not others. Pay close attention to your cat’s behavior when certain people or pets walk into the room. If they scurry in the presence of a regular visitor, you know there’s a problem.

Many other factors can contribute to a stressful environment. For example, cats don’t like thunder or fireworks any more than dogs do. The sheer number of guests that come over for the holidays might increase your cat’s anxiety and force them to stay by your side for protection. Try to see things from your cat’s perspective and determine what’s causing them trouble.

The sudden attachment of independent cats can be a welcome change of pace for you as an owner. However, keep your furry friend’s feelings in mind and realize that an underlying issue is likely to blame for the change. Be it emotional or physical, research your cat’s problems so they can return to their normal, happy, independent self.

The old saying goes that nobody owns the cat – the cat belongs to you. Sometimes this means you may have a hard time getting your cat to listen. Here are some of the worst cat behavior problems – from scratching to refusing to use the litter box – and how to fix them easily!

How to fix clinginess in cats

Get your cat to stop scratching furniture

Cats like to have sharp claws and unfortunately for humans it seems like furniture is one of the best things to sharpen them. To keep your kittens from clawing into furniture, walls, or anything else, move some VapoRub to their favorite scratching surface. Cats hate the cough medicine’s mentholated smell and they won’t get within a sniff’s distance. You can also try applying a simple hot sauce and buffing it thoroughly. For upholstery, try a mixture of 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper in a spray bottle full of water (just make sure to test in an inconspicuous are to make sure it won’t stain first!).

Don’t let the cat scratch the bed

If your bed’s box spring is what your cat likes to scratch, try putting a fitted sheet made of sateen over it. The silky material won’t feel as fun to scratch as the covering on the box spring, and your cat will soon find something else to scratch (hopefully his scratching post!).

Keep cats away from houseplants

If your cat is nibbling on your houseplant—or worse, using its soil as a secondary litter box, here’s a tip you need: Simply scatter some coffee grounds on top of the soil. Cats hate the smell and go elsewhere to cause problems! Just be careful – while coffee grounds are mostly good for your plants, too much can make the soil too acidic. Another remedy we’ve heard about is using dried thyme instead of coffee grounds.

Keep cats away from the sandbox

One of the worst things you can discover in the backyard is that your outdoor cat has (once again) used your garden or kids’ sandbox as his litter box! To keep it away (as well as worms like ants and millipedes) mix a cup or two of ground cinnamon with the sand. Your cat will hate the smell and stay away.

Return your cat to the litter box

Your cat seems to have taken a vacation from the litter box, and you’re finding unpleasant surprises in interesting places like the bathtub. To fix this problem, try placing a bowl of food in the places where you’ve found those surprises. Cats don’t do their business in the same place that they eat, so she’ll hopefully find her way back to the litter box. If not, call your vet to make sure she’s not suffering from any health problems.

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Maybe it’s a question of smoking. Maybe mom, who knows, but recently Smokie got these “sticky” spells – and while he’s cute, it’s nearly impossible to do anything because all she wants is to have …

Maybe I broke it nonsense or something? Or maybe she’s in pain, I don’t know – just know that she cries when I tell her not to hold him or when she refuses – it’s like 2 year old mom is going to kindergarten lol

I ask for help: my websites, work, blog, nothing can be done about it !!

Look how cute it is – cute yes but annoying @ times and makes it hard to get any job done!

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My Jack is such a clingy boy too. As soon as I sit down, he wants a hug, but I don’t mind him. I have Rosie at my feet, Sophie on my lap and Jack in my arms.

You don’t know how to stop it, unless you turn it around with toys?


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IMO never discourages feelings and pushes them aside a bit or gets closer to them to make them less creepy. They should have this idea quickly, huh. These two also love to get in my way.

This is a cat mat now, not a mouse pad!

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Successful repositioning of the cat’s butts. until the leg becomes numb.

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I have 3 sticky cats. Stumpy got bigger and bigger with age, and that’s understandable. Scarlett is a princess and she only asks that her needs be met (it’s understandable why she’s so damn cute). Muddy is the one who tests my patience. He has an on / off switch that turns on at any time of the day. When he’s on, he’ll yell at me to pick me up and hug him. If I happen to walk, he becomes a movable bump. If I stay still, he gets up on his hind legs and stretches over me until I lift him. If I don’t pick it up, he jumps into the air, assuming he grabs and holds it. The on / off switch of he can stay on for 5 minutes or hours. When it’s on I have to pick it up, put it on my left shoulder (it doesn’t do the right one) and stay with it. Talk about doing nothing when he’s on. Muddy è rimasto orfano in giovane età e a volte mi chiedo se questo comportamento sia dovuto al fatto che è stata sua madre per 10 giorni.

I don’t have any good advice here because I surrender to her requests when I can. If I’m busy at the computer, I sit down and put it on my lap. He refuses, but he has learned to deal with it. If I am sewing or doing manual work, I place it next to me with its paws in my lap and scratch it from time to time. He will turn 9 in April and is used to sitting on my lap without climbing over me, trying to get me up and hold him still. I think over the years we have reached a compromise and we have both adapted.

Speaking of clinging, Stumpy simply asked to sit on my lap as I write. The compromise I made with him: I have a free chair in my home office, so when I have to get up and move, I put Stumpy in that chair until I return. I turn between these 2 chairs so they both smell like me.

One of the things I really love about cats is that they are inherently affectionate. They are cute and love to attach and follow you wherever you are. However, there are times when they get stickier. While this doesn’t sound alarming, it is inevitable to know the cause of this behavior.

In fact, even though I like that my cat loves being close to me, I admit that it can be a little too difficult to manage at times. This is especially true when I have to work and run errands. Even though I sometimes try to gain more patience, I honestly feel I have to deal with such an attachment.

To finally shed some light on my question: why is my cat so clingy, I had to do more research on the natural behavior of my friend’s feline friend. Let me share with you some of the weird and shocking reasons why your cat gets too clingy sometimes.

7 reasons your cat is prone to latch on and needs

# 1. Your cat may be suffering from a disease that you are unaware of.

One sign of cat illness is that it has become more clingy or affectionate. When a self-contained cat begins to transform into a needy cat, it’s considered a subtle sign of a possible disease. Likewise, when a needy cat becomes less affectionate, they can also suffer from an illness.

According to CATEgorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s # 1, a change in how cats interact with their owners is usually a sign that you should have your cat examined by a vet as soon as possible to rule out any possible illness.

# 2. Your cat is new and is having a hard time adjusting.

How to fix clinginess in cats

Another reason your cat may be extremely clingy is because they are new and may still be feeling a little insecure. This happens when your cat hasn’t found his place yet. Therefore, he tends to get more attached to you. As an owner, she can also expect you to be the main source of comfort for her.

Cats exhibit the same behavior when they see a drastic change in their environment. For example, if you’ve moved furniture or used a new carpet with a distinct smell, it can easily intimidate your cat.

To fix this, you need to help your cat get used to a new place. This will take some time and usually takes several weeks. To help your cat adapt, it must be carefully locked inside the house until he is completely used to it.

#. Your cat is aging and experiencing cognitive decline.

How to fix clinginess in cats

As cats get older, they tend to exhibit the opposite of their normal behavior. For example, a friendly cat may be less interested in you. Conversely, a distant cat can suddenly become overly needy or cling. Either way, it could be a sign of aging.

As this is a cause is irreversible, you can think of it as an opportunity to experience the opposite side of your cat’s personality. Being patient with your aging cat gives him the comfort he needs. Remember that these animals are also humans themselves. They need more care as they get older.

#. Your cat demonstrates the breed behavior of him.

A genetic predisposition is also one of the reasons your cat may exhibit strange behaviors. According to animal behaviorist Dr. Jacqui Neilson, DVM and DACVB, purebred cats display certain personalities or traits.

For example, Abyssinian cats are more energetic and lively. They like to play and be hugged by their owners. Siamese cats are known to be louder when communicating what they want. They constantly meow when they want to cuddle, feed or play.

Persian cats, on the other hand, are less active. They tend to want attention. Because of this, they make a great pet for your womb.

# 5. You adopted a rescued cat.

How to fix clinginess in cats

Like humans, cats can have trust issues due to bad experiences. For example, if your feline friend has had a difficult life in the past, the experience could instill in him fears. So when they finally get adopted and find a new home, they tend to cling to the feeling that it may only be temporary.

It is important for a new owner to establish a bond of trust with the cat. This will not only break down attachment, but it will also reduce the stress and anxiety your cat may be feeling. Confidence also helps develop confidence and stay calm.

# 6. Your cat may be sensitive.

Cats with certain disorders feel more insecure and vulnerable. For example, cats suffering from cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) tend to cling more to their owners because they see them as their own comforter or guardian.

These CH cats are more vulnerable and more prone to accidents. That’s why it’s important to keep them indoors instead. Since these cats usually have difficulty walking, they tend to be too close to their owners. Learning more about training CH cats to be more independent would help your pet tremendously.

7. Your cat has problems with mom.

Cats can also experience separation anxiety. This anxiety often arises when a young cat is separated too early from its mother or owner. The cat may show anxiety about him instead of being very clingy or needy.

Other symptoms of cats suffering from separation anxiety include incessant meowing, overeating or overeating, being distant from people, being overly picky, or defecating outside the litter box. You can ease your cat’s anxiety by giving her a stimulating environment or by desensitization.

Animal behaviorists also express that when the cat gets too clingy, it’s important not to indulge in this demanding or clingy behavior. Make the environment more interesting, so that they don’t resort to quick capture. More importantly, always seek professional advice when the behavior becomes creepy.


I hope I was able to share some important information with you today. As a cat owner, having this list allows me to understand why my cat is so snug and what I can do about it. What about you – what’s the most surprising fact you have discovered from the list? Comment below and don’t forget to share.