How Can You Tell If Your Cat Is Lonely
Your feline friends may be independent, but they still crave companionship. Cats are susceptible to loneliness or boredom. Take note of the following behaviours which can indicate your cat’s unhappiness:
1.Excessive grooming: Over-grooming behaviour in cats can be caused by stress and anxiety. This could be a sign that they are yearning for attention.
2.Excessive meowing: Is your cat suddenly more chatty than usual? It can be a sign of loneliness. Lonely cats tend to be most vocal when their humans return home or at night when their humans are going to sleep.
3.Overeating or not eating: Just like humans, some cats will eat more when they are bored or lonely. Loss of appetite is another strong way to tell if your cat is lonely.
4.Coughing up hairballs because of the over-grooming: Excessive grooming that causes excessive numbers of hairballs or hair loss is abnormal.
5.A decrease in activity and interaction: Is your cat sleeping too much? It can be a sign of loneliness if your feline friend begins to sleep more than usual or would rather sleep than engage in playtime with you.
6.Destructive behaviours: Peeing outside the litter box or destroying your furniture? A bored cat can exhibit destructive and antisocial behaviours.
What Can You Do If Your Cat is Lonely
Fortunately, it’s not too late to start playing a vital role in your feline friend’s life. Here are some tips to make your cat less lonely.
1.Keep your cat occupied: Keep your cat overload happy with scratching posts! Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to stay busy and distracted when you are away. Read more: How To Choose The Right Toy For Your Pet
2.Get her a purrfect friend: According to Dr. Stefanie Schwartz, a leading veterinary behaviorist and author, owning two cats will provide a happier living environment for both the cats and their owner. They can keep each other company when you are away. Read more: Is It Better To Own More Than One Cat
3.Put on the television or play music: Sounds and sights are comforting and distracting for cats as long as the volume is at a reasonable level.
4.Play or talk with her before leaving home: Play a game with her before leaving. She will be tired and less anxious that your are leaving if she exerts a lot of energy early in the day. You can spend quality time to talk with her - it’s a great way to show her that you love her. Read more: Games To Play With Your Cat