Cats are curious creatures. At times they can be standoffish, but at other times they seem to be shadowing every move that you make. In cases like these, you may be wondering, “Why does my cat follow me everywhere?” Here are several reasons why your cat might be stuck to you like glue.
She Craves Companionship
One simple reason why your cat may be following you is that she enjoys being in your company. Some cats are more socialized than others and may just feel like she is part of the family.
If your cat is meowing like crazy while she is following you, it may be time to look at the clock to see if it is dinnertime. If you are in the kitchen, the chances are even greater that she is seeking some kibble.
You know what they say about cats and curiosity. Your cat simply might want to see what you are up to. This may be particularly true if you are exploring an area of the house that your cat usually doesn’t go into.
She Wants Your Attention
Perhaps you have walked into a room where your cat is, and you haven’t taken the time to acknowledge her presence yet. Your cat just might want to get some attention from you by following you from place to place.
She Has Separation Anxiety
Perhaps you have gone away on vacation and you have only been back for a few days. If your cat is now following you, where she never used to do this before, she may be experiencing separation anxiety.
She Is Feeling Insecure
Have there been any major changes going on in your life lately? This could be something such as a death in your family, the birth of a baby, or moving house. If so, your cat could be feeling insecure and might be looking for increased physical contact from you to make her feel safer.
She is Bored
In the wild, cats enjoy exploring and hunting. In particular, indoor cats can become easily bored. That is why it is important to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation for your cat for times when you are not at home. A scratching post, a variety of toys, and a nice window to look out of are good places to start. A simple cardboard box can provide a cat with hours of enjoyment.
She’s Guarding Her Territory
In the wild, cats spend plenty of time marking their territory by releasing their scent all over the place. However, indoor cat owners often frown upon letting our cats spray all over our new sofa. With that being said, you may notice when your cat follows you around, she may be rubbing herself against the furniture or walls at the same time. This means she is marking her territory in the areas where she follows you.
As you can see, there are many reasons why your cat might choose to follow you everywhere. In general, you shouldn’t need to be concerned unless your cat is meowing excessively or seems to be in pain. However, as a responsible cat owner, if you feel there is a reason for concern, don’t hesitate to ask a qualified professional such as your veterinarian.