Cats seem to have a flair of independence and they like to come and go as they please. Because of these low-maintenance traits, many cat parents may feel comfortable leaving their cat home alone more frequently or for longer periods of time. But even though cats are often perceived as somewhat aloof, the truth is that cats desire companionship and social interaction on a regular basis.
Cats have become social with domestication, but because their wild ancestors were solitary felines, the social behaviors of today’s house kitty are far simpler than those of a dog, whose wolf ancestors were pack-minded. Secondly, cats and humans do not share the same views on social behaviors; a cat will perceive hugging, kissing, and petting for longer than they’d like as inappropriate.
For a cat, the pillar of socialization is presence: the company of their people or other pets, interactive playtime, or sleeping on their favorite person are a few examples.
Without sufficient social interaction, the answer is yes, a cat will get lonely. Each cat is different with regards to how much social interaction is considered “enough.” But once you’ve formed a bond with your kitty, it’s safe to say she misses you when you’re gone.
A lonely cat will start to feel frustration or aggression from lack of stimulation, which often results in behavioral issues, such as:
Though there is no true substitute for your cat’s favorite person (you), there are ways you can keep your kitty from becoming too bored and lonely.
Though she may not be the best at communicating it, your cat appreciates your presence more than you think.
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