(IIRC, there was a recent cat thread but I couldn’t find it so excuse the retread.)
Almost a month ago I got a shelter cat. The first two weeks or so were fine in terms of all cat behaviors. The past week, the cat seems to be suffering from separation anxiety. He follows me everywhere, all the time. I wouldn’t let him sleep with me and he was fine with it at first but now scratches at the door all night. I finally relented and let him in the room – and he was generally subdued except for the walking over me or grooming while laying next to my face or other numerous subdued - but not quiet - behaviors. I need to get sleep! I googled cat separation anxiety and the tips were not helpful. 1) ignore cat before leaving/arriving at house or 2) medication. The ignoring thing doesn't work because he does not freak when I leave, he just wants to stick to me when I am there. And medication just seems odd for this. I don’t really want a two pet household but I thought another cat would keep him company – yet the anxiety articles said that wouldn’t necessarily help.
As you guys know 96% of everything there is to know, I now turn to you. Please help with tips! If it is the cat or sleep, I am eventually going to have to go with sleep but I do really want the cat.