I honestly don't know what to do and I am at my wit's end. I have had my cat-Monsterkitty-for 12 years. He is a good cat, never scratches, just paws, doesn't bite. Very loving, but wants to be petted constantly. We had a dog for about 5 years, but our doggie passed away. Monsterkitty would stay quiet mostly because the dog would try to play with him if he meowed too much. When the dog died a year ago, the cat began his incessant meowing. I figured he was lonely, so I gave him all the attention he wanted. But he just wanted more and more, and it has been a year now. I can't sit on my front porch to have a smoke without the cat running up to get petted, if he is in the house he wants to come outside so that I can pet him. He will walk around and start howling if he doesn't get his way. I have tried hushing him gently. I will pet him for 1/2 hour, 1 hour, 2 hours, at a time watching t.v. at night, it is never, ever enough. I get up in the morning, and I can no longer do my morning meditation because the cat will meow outside my bedroom door to get in to be petted. If he just wanted to sit with me it would be fine, but he doesn't. He wants constant attention. And I am home all day long. It is driving me crazy. It seems like I am just rewarding and reinforcing his behavior, but I don't know how to set boundaries or draw the line. When he was younger he liked to play with toys, but now he is pretty lazy, he just wants to be petted. Please, someone advise me here?
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1/22/09 at 6:43pm