I adopted a cat 12 days ago and it's not working out so far. He is needy and seems bored with me. He won't let me sleep.
He is 3 years old and came from a family of four that had a second cat. He is now living with just me in my one-bedroom apartment. I work and I am afraid he is too bored here.
He is healthy, and I play with him twice a day and try to take good care of him. Still, he follows me around often and doesn't seem content anywhere. He meows now and then when I am not paying attention to him.
The major problem is that he will not let me get enough sleep. I work evenings, so I come home at 11 p.m. and play with him and feed him, and then I go to sleep. He starts meowing every day at 6 a.m. and often continues until I get up at 10. He may come relax on my bed for about an hour during that time, but then he gets fed up and starts whining for me to get up. I don't even think it's food he necessarily wants. He just wants me to be up and paying attention to him.
I am going crazy here without sleep and it is affecting my work. I am sad because I don't think my cat is happy here. Any advice?
on Apr 5th 2012
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First off 12 days - your new kitty is still adjusting to his new surroundings so it doesn't surprise me he is following you around and vocalizing. Does he have a place to call his own? A bed, cat tree, crate, somewhere that he can claim for himself - if not make one for him. Then get some toys - he is still young and needs to play. Then make sure he has access to a window so he can watch "kitty TV". I am not sure if you have ever had a kitty before - nothing that you are writing about is unusual. You are providing a home for a little being - it's furry and speaks a different language - but their needs are just like ours - he wants to bond with you and needs your attention. Give it more time and patience and try wearing him out before bedtime so you can get some sleep. As long as he is eating, sleeping, playing, using his litter box and not showing any obvious signs of distress, I think it’s nothing more than an adjustment period. Good luck - don't give up on him.
Phoebe answered on 4/5/12. Helpful? / 1
Have you got room for another cat. Sound like he is missing his friend.
Alfie - Angel DB#14 answered on 4/18/12. Helpful? / 0