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do cats get more affectionate with age

Cat people often wonder whether cats get more affectionate with age.

A properly raised and socialized cat will become particularly friendly and affectionate as soon as she overcomes her teenage shenanigans. This overly loving phase, in most cats lasts until reaching the senior years. Understandably, just like old people, senior cats tend to be moody, grumpy, and irritable. Plus, cats of certain breeds like Ragdoll, Scottish fold, and Sphynx are much more sociable than breeds like Abyssinian, LaPerm, and Norwegian Forest cat. Females are also more gentle and caring than males. If a warm-hearted cat suddenly starts acting hostile you need to investigate what triggered the change. 

At what age and which cats are more affectionate?

Kittens are affectionate and so are adult cats. However, cats tend to be a bit moody during their teenage years (just like people) and after they enter their golden years and become seniors.

In those terms cats are more affectionate after their teenage days (after around 18 months old) and before their senior days (over 7 years old).

Are all cats equally affectionate?

No, there are differences between cats based on many factors including age, gender, and breed.

Generally, kittens and adult cats are cuddlier than senior cats who tend to be more grumpy. As for gender, females are more affectionate while males prefer being bossy and independent.

Finally, the breed is important too. The top three most affectionate cat breeds are the Ragdoll, the Scottish Fold, and the Sphynx. On the other hand, the top three least affectionate cat breeds are the Norwegian Forest cat, LaPerm Cat, and the Abyssinian cat.

Why is my cat suddenly more affectionate than usual?

Well, one of the reasons your cat is unusually affectionate lately can be the lack of attention she is receiving.

However, there are other reasons. For example, a cat in heat can become either super affectionate or extra irritable because of the unusual hormonal changes.

A cat may also be unusually warm and tender if there is a new pet in the house and feels like she needs to compete for your love and attention.

Finally, your cat may suddenly start acting more loving because she is mature, grown up, and well-aware you are her primary source of food, water, and love.

Why do cats become less affectionate?

If your cat suddenly stops being affectionate you should spare some time and investigate what is going on.

Sometimes a cat may become less friendly if going through a painful medical issue. For example, kittens tend to be moody during their teething phases.

Adult cats can also become more self-centered and less loving while in heat. The hormonal changes occurring in the cat’s body can go in extremes – either make her overly human-oriented or excessively anti-social.

Why does my cat bite me while being affectionate?

Normally, we assume biting is a bad thing. However, cats do not share this opinion. In fact, if your cat bites you while being affectionate it is because she loves you. Yes, biting is a feline way of demonstrating love.

These bites are gentle and cautious, nothing like the normal bites your cat would afflict if she is defending herself or meaning to cause harm.

Why is my cat less affectionate lately?

If a cat is not affectionate in general it is almost always due to poor socialization and lack of human contact during the critical early years of development. However, if an otherwise affectionate cat becomes reluctant to display cuddling behaviors, you need to investigate the situation.

Check if there are changes in your cat’s environment and other behavioral or physical changes. If there is nothing unusual, have your cat examined by your trusted vet. Cats are very good at hiding pain and discomfort.

How do cats show they need more attention?

Different cats have different ways of saying “I need more attention”. Some of the most common attention-seeking behaviors in cats include:

  • Excessive meowing or not meowing at all – basically a normally vocal cat will stop meowing while a usually quiet cat will start meowing excessively.
  • Pawing or nudging – making physical contact is a popular attention-seeking behavior in cats.
  • Messing with your work – if your cat is constantly interrupting you, for example sitting on the laptop keyboard while you are typing it means she needs some alone time with you.
  • Waiting at the door – regardless of whether you went into the bathroom for few minutes or spend an hour outside your cat is waiting for you by the door. This is one unusual but important sign you cat misses you.

What should I do if I notice changes in my cat’s affection levels?

The first thing you should do is evaluate the overall situation. Cats are creatures of habit and slight changes in the environment can wreak havoc on their routines and put them in distress. A cat in distress is not an affectionate cat.

If there are no obvious reasons for your cat’s affection change, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with your trusted vet. Medical issues causing pain can be the reason why your cat is less affectionate.

How can I bond with my cat and make her more affectionate?

The best way of bonding with your cat is spending as much time as possible with her and playing. There are many interactive games you and your cat can play together.

Growing your cat into a cuddly, affectionate, and people-oriented cat is not an easy task. However, it is definitely achievable – you just need to be loving, consistent, and patient.

How can I tell if my cat likes me?

There are many hints, habits and body language signs your cat uses to say she loves you. Some of the most popular feline ways of saying “I love you” are:

  • Slowly blinking at you
  • Meowing back when you talk
  • Kneading on you
  • Sleeping very close to you
  • Following you around.


Do cats become more independent with age?

Yes, kittens start being independent and more curious as soon as they leave their mothers. This usually occurs around the age of two to three months.

Can cats become more vocal with time?

Cats tend to become more vocal as they age. Senior cats are more demanding and experience frequent mood swings, making the meow or yelp more intensely and more frequently than normal.

Do cats become more aggressive as they get older?

Yes, cats can become more aggressive in particular situations or in general. Usually, older cats can be more aggressive because they are more irritable and less likely to put up with behaviors they dislike.


When discussing a cat’s affection tendencies there are many factors worth considering. Whether a cat will be affectionate depends mostly on how it is raised. If a kitten is raised to be cuddly and friendly it will only become more loving over time.

However, the cat’s breed, age, gender, and overall health also affect its tendency to be warm-hearted. Finally, there are specific situations and parts of the day when a cat simply may not feel in the mood of being adoring. This is completely understandable. We have our fair share of mood swings too.

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