• October 23rd, 2020
    Written by: Kimberly

    Although cats are traditionally known as solitary animals, they rely on companionship just like people and other pets. They will form bonds with their humans and with other animals in the home. If your cat is the only pet, especially when they spend time alone during the day, they might feel lonely no matter how independent they seem.

    As a homeowner, it's helpful to see if your cat may be struggling with loneliness. For long days, a visit from a local pet sitter may be just what it needs to feel happy and comfortable.

    Signs Your Cat Might Be Experiencing Loneliness

    Your cat may not be able to tell you with words that he or she is lonely, but there will often be some indicators. A lonely cat may be depressed or bored, which can become evident in their physical behaviors as they try to get your attention. If you notice one or more of the following, ask yourself if your cat is lonely:

    • Change in Eating Habits - Boredom and depression can both cause your cat to eat more or less than usual. This could also be a sign of a health issue, so you should check with your vet.
    • Separation Anxiety - Your cat may become clingy and never leave your side. She may also meow loudly and often to get your attention.
    • Aggressiveness - Aggression from your cat, especially when you're about to leave, is often a sign that they know you're leaving and are trying to bully you into spending more time with them.
    • Destruction - A lonely cat will often feel bored with no one to play with. To ease boredom, he can display destructive tendencies such as clawing furniture and knocking things off tables.
    • Excessive Grooming - Many cats find grooming comforting, so if your cat is grooming himself obsessively, even to the point of tearing out hair, it could be an indication that he is upset.
    • Frequent Sleeping - Cats typically spend much of their day napping, but a lonely and depressed cat might experience a drop in energy that leads to them sleeping excessively. They might start napping through moments that previously excited them.
    • Litter Box Issues - If your cat is litter box trained but starts having accidents in the house or missing their litter box, she could be trying to get you to notice them. This could also be indicative of kidney disease or a urinary tract infection, so check with your vet.

    Any unexplained changes to your cat’s behavior is a reason to visit your veterinarian to make sure there are no health issues. But if your cat is healthy and exhibiting these behaviors, there is a good chance your cat wants more time with you.

    How to Help Your Lonely Cat

    A second cat can be a companion to your first cat, but that is not always an option. In that case, you can take some steps to keep your cat entertained while you are away. Give them the option to look out the window, put on music, play with them before and after you leave, and keep out plenty of toys for your cat. These can help make your cat happy, even if you can’t be with them all the time.

    Finally, consider a pet sitter. While daytime visits are typically associated with dogs, they can also be useful for cats - especially lonely cats, cats on medication, and cats that are going to be home for a long time when you're away. FurBabies Home Pet Care would love to visit with your cat. Call us today to get started.