Cats are known for being independent, self sufficient, and downright dismissive of their humans at times. So if you’re thinking, “Why won’t my cat leave me alone?” it could be mean something is wrong. While some kitties can be quite cuddly, a sudden change in behavior from independent to clingy could mean something more serious for your furry friend.
If your cat is feeling vulnerable or insecure, they may become a bit more affectionate or clingy. This is most often the case with rescue cats or kittens who were separated from their mothers when they were quite young. Speaking in calm tones and stroking your anxious pet gently is often the best way to reassure them and affirm their trust to you.
Whether the cat is new to you or you’ve moved to a new space together, it can take a cat awhile to get used to its new surroundings. People, smells, and spaces can all overwhelm your cat, causing them to draw closer to you for support.
Much like dogs (and children) cats are not afraid to let you know that they’re hungry! Clinginess and excessive meow-ing can simply be a sign that you aren’t feeding your kitty enough. As long as they are a healthy weight, you should be alright increasing the portions of food you are dishing out, but if you need a second opinion, The Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill is available for help with nutritional planning for your pet.
The last reason that your cat may be extra needy is because they are sick or injured. While we hope this isn’t the case, we recommend giving your pet a once-over to check for outward signs of illness, then take them to the vet if necessary.
Consult the Cat Clinic at Cherry Hill
Whether you’re enjoying the new affection from your cat or you find yourself thinking, “Why won’t my cat leave me alone?”, your best bet is to take them to the vet to get to the bottom of things. Don’t hesitate to contact us to make an appointment. Call the office at (856) 662-2662 or come by in person at 35 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.