Yeah, you wouldn't think she might want/need a companion, and I really thought she'd be thrilled to have me to herself. She does love it, sometimes. But there have been so many behavioral changes...She's taken to sniffing and whisker-tickling me awake. In the past, she did this very rarely and only when desperate for food. Now, she wakes me up and drags me downstairs (she's strong) even though she's not hungry and she doesn't want to play. One day after dragging me downstairs, she just climbed into her bed and went to sleep. (This made me unhappy.) The vet wonders if she's afraid being by herself. Yet she won't sleep upstairs with me.
Strangely, she spends time upstairs in my bedroom when I'm downstairs. ?? When I'm awake and at home, she doesn't often ask to spend time with me. She used to just sleep most of the afternoon and evening, but her sleep is all out of whack right now. Sometimes, I go into the living room figuring she's sleeping and find her sitting on the back on the couch, just staring at the window or the wall. If I come to give her some attention, sometimes she likes it, sometimes she acts like I'm bothering her.
She has been more playful, which is nice, and it makes me think having a playmate would be a good thing. I'm not often out of the house for more than 7 hours at a time now, but the problem is that I do a lot of work at home, so even when I'm home, I don't necessarily have time to spend with her.
Having written all of that, I just realized that, as hard as it is to admit inadequacy, what I'm feeling is that I'm not enough for her.
So I've contacted a couple of places about possibly fostering, in which case I wouldn't take a senior. I feel like the kitty in this description is the type of kitty who might be a good fit:
"Bella is a beautiful calico cat. Bella is a small cat. She is very friendly and gets along well with dogs. She tends to be bullied by other cats and would probably do best as an only cat."
This cat is on the other side of the state, but I am really worried that Celia is so sad. She just seems to be withering.