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User: catsnotkids (posted by wickedwisdom)
Date: 2009-02-25 17:12
Subject: Clingy Cat
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my cat is clingy.

as in, she will follow me or come and find me if i'm out of her sight for "too" long. if i leave her in the living room when i'm going to the bathroom, if i'm not back out in XX seconds, she come wait for me until i come and sit down again.

i'm certain its separation anxiety. she was my former roommates's cat. he gave her to me. then after 18 months, we move in together. he's back and then he's gone again.

that would fuck with a human's head, let alone a cat.

any advice?

[edit] i just want my cat to be ok. it sounds like the rest of you have clingy kitties as well. so i guess there's nothing i should worry about. i just thought she was acting a little strange.
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Firebringer: Kitty love - I <3 My Kitties!
User: firesplace
Date: 2009-02-26 01:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Kitty love - I <3 My Kitties!
*grins* I wish I knew what to tell you, but I have had NO success in creating boundaries between me and my cats. They don't even wait for X seconds to pass before following - they simply dash out of the room with me wherever I go.
So, well...I just deal with having fuzzy sidekicks all the time. XD
Hope you can find a good solution! =)
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Colin Michael: bucky: word
User: colinftm
Date: 2009-02-26 01:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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yeah I was about to say, both of mine follow me to the bathroom and insist on watching me do my business. I assume that you give her enough attention. So I don't know what advice I can give you.
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Defender of small animals: Two girls
User: sakurabana1
Date: 2009-02-26 01:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Two girls
I have one that even sits in my lap when I am on the toilet. I don't mind the clinginess I guess.
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Rebecca--mais oui!: Simone
User: rawbery79
Date: 2009-02-26 04:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My cat does that too...she was a stray, and she's *very* alert.
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User: _monia_
Date: 2009-02-26 05:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Most of mine are like that, including the "sit in my lap when I use the toilet" and I don't mind. The only problem is that my lap is far too small for all of them, so they fight over who gets to sit there first.

The only way to combat that - give them all lots of attention whenever I can. Semi-rough pets, brushing, belly rubs - if they are "sated", they leave me alone for some time. Singing, or moving stuff about, so they can hear me from the next room over helps, too.
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User: ciruelita
Date: 2009-02-26 12:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have to agree with colinftm and all the others--- the cats are mostly with one of us, and stay that way. And nobody in this house goes to the b-room alone!
Just think, you'll never get lost in your own house, anyway! ;o)
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User: nadalia
Date: 2009-02-26 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What's the problem? I love having my babies around me all the time.
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Kat Outta The Bag
User: katouttathebag
Date: 2009-02-26 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Same here with the clingy kitties. My 9 year old has always been a clinger, she waits on the toilet when I'm in the shower, follows me about all over. Our 4 month old will gallop to whatever room you're in, even if you leave while she's asleep.

She's fast asleep and you think you can sneak off to go to the bathroom?
Oh, hell no, she'll hear you leave, run to you, jump on your lap and continue her nap from that point. Putting her on the floor to wipe always makes me feel like the most evil person in existence as she "Mmmrrpph?"s in confusion and blinks blearily....
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User: lummy97
Date: 2009-02-28 18:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I'm gone for a period of time (in a different room), my girl will start calling for me to see if I'm home. As soon as I tell her where I am, she's ok with that...though she follows my husband to the bathroom every morning.
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