When a cat is not getting the desired amount of attention it craves, it will act out. Sometimes this means clawing at furniture, peeing outside the litter box, excessive crying, a decline in health, or even showing signs of feline depression. So how do you know your cat needs more attention?
Start by examining your own daily routine. Do you work long hours? Do you spend a lot of time away from home? Do you have other animals you also care for on a day to day basis? Sometimes we get so wrapped up in a busy life that we often don’t consider that we are allowing other areas in our life to take the back seat. If you find that you are always on the go, I think it is best to put time aside each day for your cat. Simply feeding them, cleaning the box, and a few pats on the head are not enough.
Think of your cat like a roommate. Would you go days with little interaction with this person and expect them to think everything between you two is okay? Cats need to know you appreciate them and care for them. They may not beg for attention or be the ones to come running first like dogs often do, but you should know that all human and cat relationships need attention, love, and care. If you want a lifelong bond with your cat, you need to put the effort in. You need to be there as more than just a hand that feeds them.