I’ve rescued a few stray cats in my neighborhood over the years, mostly abandoned kittens because adult cats are too difficult to tame. I had 4 cats living in my apartment together for about 3 years, all roughly the same age that I rescued when they were kittens. So they grew up together as family (I don’t think they were related, I just rescued them around the same time frame of several months apart). Around a year ago one of my neighbors had a little boy who wanted to adopt a cat, so I gave him one. A few days later, I was asked if I could give the little boy another cat so the other one wouldn’t be lonely, so I gave away another cat. 4 cats in one apartment is too many, anyway. So for the past year or so I’ve been comfortable with 2 cats I’ve had for around 4 years.
Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago, my oldest cat, that I’ve had for 4 1/2 years, died of pneumonia (a pretty serious respiratory disease for cats, so I’ve learned). Now I only have one cat left, which is fine with me - less mess and fur to take care of - but I don’t think that she likes it. Her brother that she’s known and played with for nearly 4 years is missing and she’s left all alone for most of the day when I’m out. I can tell that she misses me because I can hear her crying meow when I walk up the stairs to my door, and I figure that she’s been crying like that ever since I left. She’s always been extremely affectionate but now she’s constantly pestering me to hold her and walking around the apartment meowing for no reason (she used to only meow like that when she was hungry and asking me refill the food dish). Before, the cats used to cuddle together in a big furry ball when they went to sleep, but now when I go to sleep, she prances up to my side and nudges me to cradle her in my arms. The cat won’t sleep in the other rooms like it did before, but now insists on sleeping on the pillow next to my head. She seems nervous and hyperactive in a way that she never was before.
It seems pretty obvious what the problem is: the cat is lonely. It misses its friends and now that it’s all alone, it’s developed a stronger than usual attachment to me because I’m the only other creature it ever comes into daily contact with.
I don’t want to adopt another kitten right now to keep my cat company. At least not right now - I’m still getting over my cat that died a couple of weeks ago, so I’m just not ready emotionally. I know that cats aren’t pack animals and are naturally solitary (which is one of several reasons why cats are so much easier to take care of than dogs), so I hope that she adjusts over time.