My cat is very clingy
by Tommy King
(Arab, AL U. S.)
I have a middle aged Female cat that I've raised from the age of 3 days old, her mother died giving birth to her next Litter Mate.
I have notice that she wants to be around me constantly plus she loves to bump and rub her head on my arms and body when we lay down to take a nap or to go to sleep together, she'll start out laying curled up in my right arm, then she will move around the bed, but she is never more than a foot or 2 from me at any time, like right now while I'm typing this question she is sitting on my desk about 10 inches from me with her back to me and is grooming herself, I'm just curious what all this passiveness means, she is even jealous of my wife cause when she is sleeping with me and my wife lays down she will get between use and if my wife even just rolls over in my direction Peaches(cats name) will start kneading my wife in an rather tender part of the upper human womans body, so you can just guess what happens then and it insant Peaches who wins, my wife will run her out of the bed room, the reason I sleep with her is I have 85% hearing loss in both ears and without my hearing aids I am literally deaf and can not even hear a gun(.38 cal)fired in the next room and have it wake me up.
So Peaches is my emergency notification means when I am sleeping, my question is since I have raised her from such an early age does this make a difference in her bonding with me, as you see we have 3 other cats and they like to be around me, cause I am Disabled and don't work so I'm home all the time, but they don't act any where as possive as Peaches?
well there could be two possible reasons for her behavior. It could be that she senses your disability and so feels protective of you. Some cats are like this and can be a bit like a guide dog to a blind person.
However the more likely possibility is that yes because she has been with you the longest and you raised her that she has bonded with your more than anyone else. the trouble it when the bond becomes too dependent it is not healthy for the cat. they loose their independence and confidence and when things change i.e. when you go on holiday away from them they can suffer from anxiety separation. see this page for more on thishttps://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-social-behavior.html
all the best Kate
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