My cat is sticky: what to do?

Posted on December 23 2018

My cat is sticky: what to do?

Your cat likes his independence, but you show a special affection? There is nothing abnormal. In contrast, your cat becomes glue pot? What may seem funny at first can quickly become annoying. Your cat may be suffering from hyperattachment syndrome. We explain to you why and how to bring back a certain distance between him and you.

Like many cat owners, you wanted one, or several, to have it with you, to caress him , to take him in your arms. You have a strong emotional need and your cat has to fill it and respond to it.


For your part, your cat may be inclined or not to this outpouring of affection that falls on him. Some cats are more tactile than others. Yours may fall into this suraffection and become applicant hug , of caresses . Even in the middle of the night, he will wake you up to eat, be pampered, even play. At this moment, the discomfort takes over. Your cat becomes a real pot of glue and now suffers from hyperattachment syndrome.

How does your cat become hyperattached?

This phenomenon is often observed in dogs. An emotional dependence on his master. A syndrome less present in the cat. Because he keeps a wild side provided he has been well weaned. The hyperattachement therefore comes first and foremost from:

  • His past as a kitten. Your cat was separated too soon from his mother. You may have also fed your baby bottle kitten. His mother did not have time to break away from him so he could learn independence. You do not do it either, quite logically. As a result, he will attach to you excessively, taking you for a surrogate mother .

This syndrome of hyperattachment can also come from an unusual stress in your cat, consequence of a disruption in his life and thus of a psychological shock . If you have a cat, its behavior can evolve in times of heat and hyperattachement can emerge. The return to normal is often observed once these periods are over.

What "symptoms" are observed?

  • Your cat follows you everywhere .
  • He meows so that you pay attention to him.
  • He has a need for obvious contact . He rubs against your legs and never leaves you.
  • He wakes you up in the middle of the night to satisfy his hunger.
  • Your cat may have a slightly narrower side or belly. It is the sign of a pulling of hair in your absence in reaction to its state of anxiety.

What can be done to reduce hyperattachment?

When you collect a kitten, avoid feeding and brooding it permanently. The prevention is the best cure for this syndrome. Your kitten, then cat, must discover its independence and cultivate it.

You must be careful not to water your cat with petting. A little, it's good and logical. Too, it becomes a cause of hyperattachement. A syndrome that does not particularly make your cat, since it should normally be more independent to fully flourish.

Once installed, this syndrome is difficult to undo. Yet you can:

  • Oppose firm " no's " to your cat's caresses.
  • You must replace your usual presence with more playful games .
  • Make all resources essential to the well-being of your cat in free access . It will no longer be dependent on you to eat, drink, sleep, play ...
  • Get closer to your veterinarian who will prescribe the right treatment for your cat. A treatment often based on anxiolytics to reduce the stress and anxiety of your cat.

In summary

Do not abound your cat's caresses and attention when still young. Do not feed him for too long, if at all, so that he can develop his independence on his own if he has not been weaned by his mother.

If hyperattachment occurs, put barriers in your relationship with him. Do not be fond of hugs anymore. Let him come to you. Show him a little indifference and facilitate him everyday so that he can gain autonomy.

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