Originally Posted by lookingglass
The only thing that's odd is he won't let me out of his sight. He sleeps next to me; he will follow me from room to room. When I take a shower he will stand on our toilet and wait for me to get out. As I type this he is sleeping in a spot where he can see me. I love him to pieces, but I worry that he may freak out if I have to leave for a few days. Any suggestions?
My youngest cat Abby is the exact same way. She is litterally my shadow. If I go from one room to another...she's right there.
I do have another cat who is 14 years old, but the 2 only tolerate one another and aren't "buddies" and never cuddle together.
A couple years ago I ended up in the hospital for 2 weeks and my brother and the caretaker were coming in to make sure they had food, fresh water and clean cat litter. They would cuddle and play with my oldest cat because she's a social butterfly, but Abby would hide or lay against a wall across the room and watch them but wouldn't let them come near her.
So for 2 entire weeks, Abby went without any "cuddles"
She was so happy when I got home, they both were. For days I had one cat pasted to either side of me when in bed or sitting on the couch.
If you don't have 2 cats, I'd suggest you get another as a companion for the first. Even if they don't cuddle together and aren't best friends, they at least have some company.
Another option for you is to board your cat. It might be a bit costly, but they really do get good care. Make sure you check out the place first and get references. However, there is no place like home, so maybe a friend has an older child that would house sit, or you have some neices and nephews that need a break from living at home?