Cat has problems with independence?
Whenever I come home from work, or wherever, I hear my cat coming from my bedroom. Although I can't guarantee this, I am 99% certain she comes out from under the bed.
Whether I am gone for 2 hours or 12, this is what happens. The other day I had done some house cleaning and put all her toys in a neat pile (but very accessible for the kitten), and left for work. I returned many hours later and nothing was amiss at all, no toys touched, no ruffled blankets, nothing.
She pretty much just stayed under the bed the whole time. When I sleep, she hides under the bed as well. She will usually bother me a handful of times when I am sleeping to try and wake me up, but if I don't get out of bed she goes back under the bed and waits a bit longer. She will wait forever.
She doesn't play too much by herself, and usually tries to get my attention, but when I am busy she will do some of her own exploring and occasionally check things out in rooms I am not in, as long as I am awake.
This seems weird to me. If I go to work for 8 hours, and then I'm tired and go to bed right after for 8 hours (shift work), I highly doubt she wants to be under that bed doing nothing for 16 hours. Aren't cats supposed to be these independent creatures? She's not very affectionate, she's just clingy.
Is there a way I can encourage her to enjoy herself, explore, and play when I am not home, rather than just hiding under the bed whenever I'm not available?
Other note: She NEVER sleeps on a bed, a couch or any kind of cushion. Only on the floor under the bed, on the floor in the middle of the living room (rarely), or, of all places, on the hand towel in the bathroom, but only when the bedroom is closed off to her. Also seems weird to me. It's almost as if she's afraid to relax in "exposed" places or places that I like to relax. She is 5 months old and I have had her since she was 10 weeks.