My cat will eat alone, but I have noticed she eats more frequently if someone is there with her. It is great that she allows you to hand feed her. Some cats don't like that. You could try taking the food into your hand to feed her and then put it in the bowl one piece at a time. Then do a few pieces at a time. Increase the amount you put into the bowl, until you can just sit there and have her eat. Eventually you won't have to be there at all. If she is a kitten, then she is just used to getting food from her mother. You replace that, when the food is in your hand. She will most likely grow out of it, but if she doesn't you might try to ween her off of it. If you are worried about her not eating if you aren't there, it isn't that big of a deal. When a cat is hungry they know where food is and won't starve themselves. Like I've heard before- "If that is your biggest problem, your life is good." Just appreciate her while she lets you hand feed her. I wouldn't recomend doing it all the time, because then she will get attatched to it, but there is nothing wrong with it.