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How to Cure a Clingy Kitty

So, you've got one of those “velcro cats” and you never get a moment alone in her company. Even when you're in the bathroom, you may see that pair of beautiful golden eyes staring at you while you brush your teeth or use the toilet. Of course you love your cat and you enjoy spending time with her, but you'd like a moment of privacy once in a while, too.

So what can you do to cure your clingy kitty?

First, be aware of the possible causes. If your cat is timid and insecure, your love may have intensified her need for attention and reassurance. Some cats are more interactive and demanding by nature. A bored cat may become a pest. Emotional and physical discomfort can also make a cat clingy; if your cat is in pain, she'll want comforting. Cats that were neglected as kittens may try to make up for lost time once they find a caring person.

If your cat has suddenly become clingy and demanding, you may want to take her in for a checkup to be sure that her behavior isn't due to pain or illness. If she gets a clean bill of health, try these tricks:

  • Change her daily activities to encourage independence. If you usually spend a lot of time keeping your cat company when she eats or if you play with her often during the day, change these routines. Let her eat and play on her own with a toy she can chase and bat.

  • Give her items to help her develop independence. A great cat tree can be a big help. Rub catnip on it to attract her further. A sun porch or outdoor enclosure might also help.

  • Get another cat. If your cat is lonely and fearful, another cat could be a big help -- as long as they get along well together.

Advice from Other Cat Owners 

Velcro Cats Rock!

I LOVE velcro kitties! I think it's precious when they want to be with me all they can! I had one that used to follow me down the block crying "Moooom! Come BAAA--AAACK!" Others just love to snuggle, and I'm fine with that. My current furbaby gets upset when I shower, afraid I'll drown, I guess. She sits outside the curtain and meows 'til she can see me again, and knows I'm all right. What's especially nice is that I'm handicapped, so I can accommodate her by remaining still for long periods. I would never think of them as needing a cure!

~Connie in Texas, owner of a "tuxedo" stray

Use Velcro Kitties for Massage

Actually my Tuxie's Velcro habit has uses. Instead of breaking her of it, I encouraged her to use her kneading as massage. It helps greatly with the muscle in the side of my back for her to massage it.

My Meezer's Velcro habit has to be tempered. Encouraging her to lie on blankets or towels that simulate the same consistancy of lying on a person helps.

~Blue, owner of two cats

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