If your cat is very attached to you, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why is my cat so attached to me? Possible reasons why your cat is attached to you are that it is hungry, something is causing it to be fearful, or that it gets anxious when you are not around.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat is so attached to you and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why is my cat so attached to me?
Below are a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.
It wants attention
The cause could be that it is looking for attention from you. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it more attention when it does it.
Instead, it would help to give it attention throughout the day in the form of exercise, training and by playing with it but to try and avoid rewarding it with attention when it becomes obsessive.
The reason why it does it could be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it becomes anxious when you are leaving and if it follows you around even after it has been fed.
It is not uncommon for cats to be attached to their owners. The reason why your cat does it could be that it naturally feels safer when it is around you. This would be more likely if your cat has always been that way and it does not behave unusually in other ways.
The cause could also be that it is hungry. This would be more likely if your cat follows you around before it has been fed and not so much afterwards. In this case, it could help to feed it earlier in the morning instead.
It could also be the case that something has been causing it to be fearful when you are not around. Things that could be making it fearful could include loud noises outside, another pet that it does not like or mistreatment when it was younger.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
What else happened when your cat first started being attached to you
If your cat was not always attached to you, it would help to consider what else happened when it first became attached to you. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a change in its environment or because you started feeding it later than usual.
What is different when your cat is not attached to you
If your cat tends to be more attached to you at a certain time, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if it tends to become more attached or anxious when you are leaving home then it would suggest that it does it due to separation anxiety.
How to get my cat to stop being attached to me?
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Ensure it is getting the right diet
It would help to make sure that your cat has been getting the right diet and the right amount of calories. It would also help to feed it earlier rather than later in the day.
Ensure the room it stays in is ideal
It would also help to make sure that the room it tends to stay in is not too hot or loud and that there is a safe space for it to lie down.
Reward it when it is not attached to you
It could also help to encourage your cat to be less attached to you by rewarding it when it is not attached to you with attention and treats.