We adopted both cats from the shelter on the same day. The younger one was 1 year old or so and the other was closer to 2 years old the vet said. We had them for 14 years and they really didn’t play together at all with the one taking over and the other was okay with her doing that. They rarely sat or laid next to one another and even rarer played together with the most being laying in wait then chase the other for a few minutes.... However we both work during the day and have no idea what they did while we were gone for 10-12 hours of the day. After her sister passed 6 weeks ago now she has been constantly crying, we let her sit with us but she only sits with us for a few minutes then leaves still crying. We don’t know what to do at this point, we tried playing with her more but she just gets bored after a few seconds, we have tried feathers, laser lights, getting on the floor with her, etc...but after a few minutes she starts crying again. We thought at first she was grieving but it’s been 6 weeks and she hasn’t let up at all. She won’t let us sleep and that’s affecting our work now. Any suggestions ? Not sure if she needs a new buddy or not as we’ve read that often that’s not the solution .
Ahh! That was enough time which your cat has spent to its sister. And she was never alone! But now, as it's sister is dead, so she feels alone.
Try to give her a partner. Because she was living with her sister since long. So, it can change its attention and mood and to become normal again.
From other point of view, it can be psychic or mental issue for cat as well. A vet can help you to figure it out and also deal with it.
Hope this will help you!
If I were you I would play around with things cats know natively so that instinct will help with acceptance since cats lost more siblings in the wild than in domestication try triggering her instincts to socialize with other cats to hunt or just comfort with the occasional treat, brush or whatever she likes treat her like your own child and know what a child would go through.
Cats do not meow at other cats, generally, with the exception of kittens meowing at their mother. It's a form of communication they only use with humans. Therefore, she's definitely trying to communicate with you somehow, and not say, looking for her sister.
You might try taking your animal to the vet for a checkup. Sometimes unusual meowing can be a sign of a medical issue. At any rate, it certainly is a behavior change which may have been triggered by her sister's passing, but it also could be that the timing is coincidental, and there is actually a different cause.
It may also be the case that the cat is simply trying to get your attention. Many cats enjoy simply the presence of a human or another animal, and will do things like follow you around the house just to be near you. I've even heard of cats that seem to meow when they want to go somewhere, but also want their owner to come with them. If this is the case, then inadvertently you're encouraging this behavior by trying to take care of her when she meows. The best you can do then is try to ignore it, as long as you are certain she's not trying to communicate something else is wrong.