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.
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:
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.
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.