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5 Ways My Cat Shows That He Hates When I Travel

He makes nests with my socks, stares at walls, and plays sad Marco Polo. My kitty misses me!

Angie Bailey  |  Dec 9th 2015


Cosmo is my main man, my Velcro tuxie, my soul cat. When I’m at home, he’s never more than a few feet away from me at any given time. I won’t lie: I’m completely enamored by his quirky clinginess. It tells me he adores me. Who doesn’t want to feel adored by a cat?

"Look at my pitiful face. Look at it!"

“Look at my pitiful face. Look at it!”

Here’s the thing about my man Cos: He hates it when I travel. He’s not even fond of my short jaunts to Target, but his behavior changes when I’m gone for more than a day or two. He develops a few “I miss Mom” quirks, which make me feel sad and loved all at once.

Here are five things Cosmo does when I travel.

1. He seeks items that smell like me

All the smells.

All the smells.

I love that my smelly sock with a giant hole in the toe provides comfort to a forlorn feline. Sometimes I’ve come home to find he’d created nests from several of my personal items. If he were an old boyfriend, this would be super creepy, but I think it’s the sweetest gesture ever.

2. He sleeps on my pillow

Pillow puss takes over.

Pillow puss takes over.

OK, he sleeps on my pillow most every night, but then he has to share it with me. When I’m away from home, he lays claim to the whole darn thing. Who am I kidding? I probably get a little triangle of the pillow most nights when we “share.” I guess this one is really not so much outside of his ordinary behavior. My cat is a certifiable pillow-jacker. I’m pretty sure he has a certificate somewhere.

3. He looks for me

"She shall return ... and I will be waiting right here."

“She shall return … and I will be waiting right here.”

“I’ll be seeing you in all the familiar places …” Like the bathroom. Cosmo and I spend a lot of time together in the bathroom. One of his joys is being in touch with my loo habits. When he hasn’t heard me singing in the shower or playing games while using the toilet (shut up — you do it, too), he sits and waits. He figures when I return, it’ll be the first place I go. He’s not completely off-base with this one.

4. He acts out of sorts

"Is she inside the walls?"

“Is she inside the walls?”

In general, Cosmo acts “off” when I’m not in the house. He stares at walls (more often), wanders around looking for me (more often), and calls me with his high-pitched meows. It’s like a really sad game of Marco Polo. Poor baby.

5. He’s clingy with other family members

Surrogate snuggles.

Surrogate snuggles.

My husband reports that Cosmo becomes semi-Velcro with him while I’m traveling. He’s a cat who craves affection, preferably from me. When enough time has passed, he begins seeking snuggles from other family members. At first I felt jealous when I heard about this behavior and wondered if my Cos has written me off and moved on to a new favorite person. Then I went on to feelings of comfort, because I knew my little guy was getting some much-needed, sweet attention from loved ones. You know, a cat cannot comfort himself with only a smelly sock and a few hours of wall-staring.

You’d think Cosmo would be all over me when I walk through the door with my travel bags and sunny smile. Nope. For the first hour or so he completely avoids me — he won’t even let me touch him! This shunning initially broke my heart, but I noticed he eventually comes around, and within a couple of hours, he’s once again my right-hand cat.

How does your cat react when you travel? How about when you return home from a trip?

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.