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​Is My Cat Too Clingy?

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Most cat owners love nothing more than having a clingy cat. It’s an honour to be welcomed home by a cat, and who doesn’t love having the cat come and spend time with you. Sure, it can mean not moving for longer than you hoped, but in general a clingy cat is a wonderful thing. However, there are occasions when a cat becomes too clingy, too needy and in those instances some action might need to be taken. 

Clingy Cat

Signs Your Cat is Being Too Demanding

There are some signs that could mean your cat is being too clingy for their own good (and perhaps yours). These signs include:

  • Your cat following you everywhere you go and making a fuss if they cannot come into the space where you are (loud mewing or scratching at the doors).
  • Constant rubbing against you
  • Sitting on your or the objects you are using, all the time
  • Refusing to eat or drink unless you are with them

Clingy cats that become too needy may also experience separation anxiety and suffer with low self-confidence. They may show signs of nerves or act erratically with other people or when out on the street.

If you are concerned about how clingy your cat is, we recommend a visit to the vets. They will be able to discuss your experiences and provide advice or refer you to a cat behaviourist. However, if you feel the clinginess isn’t too extreme you may simple with to try the following steps to encourage confidence and improved welfare for your lovable puss.

3 Ways to Help a Clingy Cat

1.Stop reacting to their every demand. Remove your cat if they jump on your (your book, tablet, keyboard, knitting, etc) all the time. Don’t let them do it all the time, especially if it disrupts your day. Gently remove your cat and put them down without saying anything. Continue to remove your cat until the cat stops trying to come back. Once the cat stops returning go and reward them with a treat.

2.Ignore the cat if they are scratching at doors to reach you. Cats are clever creatures; past behaviours have probably taught them that scratching at the door will result in you opening it for them. You’ll need to now teach that scratching at doors will mean it stays shut.

3.Don’t instantly pet your cat when they have been meowing, scratching or rubbing to get your attention. Move away from where this behaviour has taken place and then give attention. This attention is being given on your terms and not theirs.

4.Enrich your cat’s environment. Sometimes these behaviours are a result of cats being bored. Examine their environment and make some changes to help reduce boredom. Indoor cats can benefit hugely with the introduction of catios or cat fencing to allow for safe outdoor experiences.

Everyone enjoys the attention of loving cats, but it’s important for your cat to be confident, secure and happy. Be a loving owner and reinforce positive behaviours to ensure everyone in the home has the best life possible. 

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