Our expert says:
You don't say how old your kitten is, but it is possible that he will grow out of this behaviour in time. However you need to do something now to help him get over it. This is known as over-attachment and is unusual in cats, but can be due to a kitten being removed from its mother too early. What you need to do is spend some time each day at home, but in another room from him. You can either close the door or get a crate or cage to put him in. Start off with a minute or two per occasion and gradually increase the time he is alone. You can give him special toys, catnip or even a drop of Rescue Remedy each time you do this to calm him down or distract him. The most important thing is to ignore him completely, even if he scratches or cries. Try to time your return with him being calm, not while he is "performing", if possible. You grandmother will need to do this exercise too. When he demands attention you must try not to give it to him as he needs to learn that meowing does not bring rewards. When he is quiet go to him and give him some attention or a treat. Give him toys he can play with on his own and things to climb and scratch on. You need to encourage independence.
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