De-Needy Your Cat

Follow these tips to help your cat be less demanding.

By Ron Bast

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If you don't want your cat in your face at all hours, try these suggestions:
  1. See your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems.

  2. Differentiate needy from demanding.

  3. Look in the mirror to discover who created this monster, then:

  4. Don't respond to demands you find obnoxious or overbearing.

  5. Don't be a pushover.

  6. Be like a cat: a bit aloof, a bit indifferent.

  7. Practice a gentle form of "tough love." Just don't give the cat so much attention.

  8. Bring home another cat. A lot of needy behavior is just boredom. An appropriate companion could solve your problem.
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janet    Bethlehem, PA

4/25/2012 2:55:13

good article, thank you

Fred    Warrensburg, NY

3/21/2010 8:57:52

I have a 5 year old male main coon. I love him to death, he is the best cat I have ever owned, but something disturbs me about one of his behaviors. My cat feels the need to always lay on my chest and stomach. He never tries to just lay beside me. I was just wondering if this is some kind of Alpha cat behavior. Sometimes I think my cat is insatiably in love with me, I don't mind so much but at times it seems too much.

Bird    San Antonio, TX

5/3/2009 8:39:16 PM

I agree with the 'tough love' part. I doubt my cat has any issues with his health, but I am convinced that he particularly is all over me because I'm the only female in the house. I have had to ignore him at times, to get him to understand that my 'attention' shop is closed for the time being:-) Eventually, he gets it, and will go lay down and go to sleep.

janet    bethlehem, PA

2/16/2009 5:31:28

good article thanks

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