December 2009 Issue

Does Your Cat Love Too Much?

We live with our pets for the unconditional love they provide us. But what if our needs are out of sync?

Cats learn to form attachments and to give and receive affection within the first weeks of life. If a human interacts with a kitten during those crucial weeks, the kitten is likely to enjoy human contact and even relish affection. Most cats and their human companions have similar needs for affection. Both enjoy being approached for petting or a cuddle. On the other hand, some companions complain that their cats are too standoffish, not letting them hold them or sit on their laps. But then there’s the other group of companions who complain about their cats’ constant neediness, clinging and crying for attention.

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