514349 tn?1272801633

Why would my 18-year-old cat suddenly seem to want to be with me constantly?

He won't leave me alone to the point I have to put him downstairs and close the door to upstairs, but I hear him crying to be let upstairs. I feed him 3 oz canned food and he has free access to water and dry kibble down there. When I do let him back in my presence, he just seems like he has to be in constant physical contact with me.
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134578 tn?1614729226
I'd suspect he is not feeling right. You might try a vet checkup.
Or, something has changed in the environment and he is scared. I'd check on that only if you are certain your cat is feeling well.
874521 tn?1424116797
I suspect given his advanced age that he is loosing either his hearing or vision or both, this would cause him to be afraid and he's looking for you to be there for him more now than previously. If not one of his senses than yes something medically is going on. Please don't shut him away downstairs, he needs a good Vet exam including blood work.  They are no different than we are as we age many illnesses conditions arise.
506791 tn?1439842983
When our kitties have gotten over 15 - 16 years old, they have gotten more clingy. I think, as the other who responded, their senses are dulling so they look for comfort in a being they trust.

The semi-famous Miss Teia, who turned 21 in June, has become quite the lap kitty when I am on Her Couch.

You may also notice kitty does not have as large a range in the house.

He is in the twilight of his life, love on him.
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