Are they introverted or extroverted?
To determine which of the two groups your cat belongs to, think about the following things:
- Do they love being the center of attention when you have friends over? Or do they prefer to hide away undisturbed in their favorite room, or on top of your clean clothes?
- When are they in a better mood: After spending time with people, other cats, or other animals? Or after spending time alone with their favorite toy?
- How do they communicate? Are they vocal, do they meow constantly, do they respond to you when you talk to them? Or, on the contrary, are they quiet and hardly ever vocalize?
Time alone, quietness, and private territory are all basic necessities of introverted cats. They need these things to recharge their energy and keep themselves calm and stress-free. However, extroverted cats on the other hand need to be around people or other animals to feel at their best.
If your cat is rather introverted, then make sure they have space and time to be alone and that no one bothers her for certain periods of time. That way they can have a place to retreat if they don't feel like having company. If they're extroverted, make sure they don't spend too much of their day alone and that you're spending enough quality time with them. If you and your family spend a lot of time away from home, it might be a good idea to adopt another cat to keep them company and keep them from getting depressed.