The cat is by nature a very independent animal. However, some felines are very affectionate and even clingy. While some cats are affectionate by nature, others become a pot of glue overnight. How to explain this behavior? Should we be worried? How to deal with a glue pot cat? Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Feedback on the cat’s personality
The cat is a feline that has physical characteristics, but also a character of its own. Of course, depending on how it was raised, its age and its environment, more specific character traits of the cat may appear. Here are the general characteristics.
- The cat is a relatively independent animal. He is more independent than the dog vis-à-vis his master. Know that a cat may be independent, it is not lonely. Indeed, even if he can live alone, he prefers the company of his masters.
- The cat is naturally cuddly. He is affectionate and loves hugs. Tenderness is always present with felines, whether they are young or old.
- The cat likes routine, regularity, organization and habits. All of these cues reduce stress and anxiety.
- The cat is calm and likes calm. In a noisy environment, he may have difficulty sleeping or feeding. Like caresses, the calm reassures him.
- The cat needs a rest. This is why he sleeps many hours during the day, between 10 to 16 hours a day. For this reason, your pet should have a quiet space of their own in the house.
- All cats have a territory that they want to protect and especially dominate. Indoor cats dominate its home, but outdoor cats hunt their peers.
- The cat is playful. Indoors and outdoors, he enjoys running, jumping and having fun. The cat plays day and night.
Hyperattachment syndrome in cats
Definition: what is hyperattachment syndrome?
People who adopt a cat enjoy cuddling and hugging their pet. Both kittens and cats have the power to fulfill our emotional needs. Over the days and weeks, the feline becomes more docile and more tactile. Sometimes the attachment is heightened. This phenomenon is called hyperattachment syndrome.
The signs of hyperattachment are easy to identify. The cat is very fond of hugs and caresses. It will even wake you up in the middle of the night to eat, to play and even to have a few more hugs. Hyperattachment syndrome turns your cat into a real glue pot.
The causes of hyperattachment
Hyperattachment syndrome is a form of emotional dependence. It can be explained by the cat’s childhood. Kittens who are separated from their mothers too early are at greater risk of hyperattachment. As a reminder, you must wait a minimum of 8 weeks and complete weaning before adopting a small cat. A cat that has been bottle-fed will have a higher chance of suffering from hyperattachment syndrome. In both cases, the kitten has not acquired the notion of independence, its master therefore becomes its surrogate mother.
Hyperattachment syndrome can be caused by stress. It can be caused by the departure of a loved one, a move, the arrival of a baby or another animal in the house. A pregnant cat tends to be clingy. She needs to be reassured! In this case, you have to show him that you are by his side.
How to appease a glue pot cat?
A glue pot cat is a cat that needs to be reassured. From time to time, you must meet their needs. This is particularly the case if an emotional shock is at the origin of his emotional dependence. Solutions also exist to reassure your pet. You can put one of your clothes in your cat’s basket to be reassured by your smell. You can also opt for a soothing pheromone diffuser.
Cat glue pot: when to worry?
If the cat’s hyper-attachment is accompanied by other symptoms, then you need to be concerned. As a reminder, the signs of hyperattachment syndrome are as follows. Your cat :
- follows you everywhere,
- wakes you up,
- constantly looking for contact.
There are certain symptoms that should alert you. If in addition to the above signs you notice that your cat is losing hair, losing weight, refusing to play or losing weight, then you should make an appointment with your veterinarian.
How to reduce the risk of hyperattachment?
Emotional dependence is a psychological disorder that is difficult to treat. To prevent your cat from suffering from it, you must prevent it! Prevention begins when the cat is a kitten. He must take his independence naturally, with his mother. Even if the kittens are very cute, and it is pleasant to bottle-feed them, you have to respect their rhythm.
If the kitten has lost its mother, it must be taught independence by offering it kibble and limiting physical contact a little. A kitten must learn to sleep in its basket. You must teach your cat to eat, drink, sleep and play without your intervention! Thanks to this approach, he will gain autonomy and his well-being will be preserved.