how can i make my cat feel less lonely?

Dutch

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Hello everyone, I need help finding a way to make my cats feel less lonely when they are alone.
My family moved to a rental house a few years ago with our 4 cats. Our old house had hardwood floors everywhere so my cats were allowed to go anywhere, but the new house has carpet upstairs and my parents are scared that the cats will scratch up the carpet so they aren't allowed to come upstairs.
Originally my cats were fine with it because my family would hangout downstairs most of the time and they were able to sleep on the couch, sit with us when we watched T.V, etc. However, my parents recently decided to move the living room upstairs which took away most of the furniture my cats loved to sleep on and made the family spend alot more time upstairs leaving them alone.
We didn't realize at the time that the change in layout would affect the cats but now they cry at night when they cant find us and one of my cats has been stress grooming herself.
We are able to take the cats upstairs during the day but they only really want to come upstairs at night. I think that adding more hiding spots and soft furniture would help but we already have one cat tower and can't add any more large pieces of furniture. My cats went from sleeping on a soft couch all day to sleeping on hard surfaces.
I would love to let them come upstairs but I also understand that my dad can't risk them ruining the carpet of our rental house. I know this was a really long post but I would really appreciate any ideas or advice for making my cats more comfortable downstairs.
 

SirMeow

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Yes, contrary to some people's perceptions, our miniature cats are a lot more social than their big cat cousins. I find it especially amusing when a standoffish lady cat that I know comes into the room that we're in to hang out and ignore us, being there is nothing to do with us. Thing is, we move to another room and in a few minutes she's there too. Do it again and once again, she appears soon after. Try to touch her though and she will walk off, hiss, attack, whatever. Silly cat. :ROFLMAO:🤦‍♂️

Anyway, back to your situation, it's a shame that they're no longer allowed to socialise with the family. The obvious thing to do though is to fill the downstairs space with things like cheap furniture, baskets, bean bags etc that they can sit on comfortably - no one likes a hard surface all day, including animals of various varieties. Also, scratching posts and perhaps a cat tree and finally lots of toys for them to ignore.

Family members should also make some time to play with them every day, too. Just try to keep me away from cats as I find them irresistible!

Also, if your parents dare risk it, put a couple of scratching posts upstairs so that the cats will scratch that instead of the carpet.

Don't worry about making long posts and welcome to Feline Forums. :)
 

Dutch

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Apr 1, 2024
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Yes, contrary to some people's perceptions, our miniature cats are a lot more social than their big cat cousins. I find it especially amusing when a standoffish lady cat that I know comes into the room that we're in to hang out and ignore us, being there is nothing to do with us. Thing is, we move to another room and in a few minutes she's there too. Do it again and once again, she appears soon after. Try to touch her though and she will walk off, hiss, whatever. Silly cat. :ROFLMAO:🤦‍♂️

Anyway, back to your situation, it's a shame that they're no longer allowed to socialise with the family. The obvious thing to do though is to fill the downstairs space with things like cheap furniture, baskets, bean bags etc that they can sit on comfortably - no one likes a hard surface all day, including animals of various varieties. Also, scratching posts and perhaps a cat tree and finally lots of toys for them to ignore.

Family members should also make some time to play with them every day, too. Just try to keep me away from cats as I find them irresistible!

Also, if your parents dare risk it, put a couple of scratching posts upstairs so that the cats will scratch that instead of the carpet.

Don't worry about making long posts and welcome to Feline Forums. :)
Thanks. I've been trying to bring the cat upstairs more but it's night time thats hardest for them. I will try to find ways to maybe add cushions to the places they already sleep on and try to find ways to get my cats to want to come upstairs during the day rather than at night. The change has just been really hard and I feel so guilty hearing my cat crying downstairs while I'm sleeping.
 

SirMeow

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The change has just been really hard and I feel so guilty hearing my cat crying downstairs while I'm sleeping.
Yeah, the poor thing is distressed to a degree and I'd feel guilty too. Good luck with this and please do let us know how you get on. Happy to brainstorm this further if you need to.
 

SaraChae

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Hello everyone, I need help finding a way to make my cats feel less lonely when they are alone.
My family moved to a rental house a few years ago with our 4 cats. Our old house had hardwood floors everywhere so my cats were allowed to go anywhere, but the new house has carpet upstairs and my parents are scared that the cats will scratch up the carpet so they aren't allowed to come upstairs.
Originally my cats were fine with it because my family would hangout downstairs most of the time and they were able to sleep on the couch, sit with us when we watched T.V, etc. However, my parents recently decided to move the living room upstairs which took away most of the furniture my cats loved to sleep on and made the family spend alot more time upstairs leaving them alone.
We didn't realize at the time that the change in layout would affect the cats but now they cry at night when they cant find us and one of my cats has been stress grooming herself.
We are able to take the cats upstairs during the day but they only really want to come upstairs at night. I think that adding more hiding spots and soft furniture would help but we already have one cat tower and can't add any more large pieces of furniture. My cats went from sleeping on a soft couch all day to sleeping on hard surfaces.
I would love to let them come upstairs but I also understand that my dad can't risk them ruining the carpet of our rental house. I know this was a really long post but I would really appreciate any ideas or advice for making my cats more comfortable downstairs.
At least your four cats have each other to interact with! If you can, place cat tunnels ($5 at Five Below) around, along with beds and places they can hide (big cardboard boxes). Again, if you can. The cats will probably need some time to adjust, but I'm sure they will, as they have you to worry about them! ;-)