Welcome To Beyond Blue, and well done for reaching out.
As a fellow pet owner, and an owner of a number of pets over the course of my life - those being both dogs and cats - I feel I can answer some of these questions for you, hopefully in a positive way, and that will help to ease your anxiety.
In response to your questions, I would like to answer them with my own experiences;
Have you experienced this before? Absolutely! In fact I reckon each and every time I have brought home a new pet, I have spent the first few days terrified, afraid that I would stuff up in some major way and ruin everything; from forgetting to feed the pet, to forgetting to provide water, to accidentally locking it in some cupboard somewhere and coming home to find the pet deceased.
it improve with time? Yes, it certainly did. Keeping in mind, it's probably more terrifying for the pet than it is for you. You at least know what is going on and why, but your pet does not. It is therefore quite naturally very daunting at first. They can't tell you what they are feeling, but they most certainly have their own way of showing you. Being very clingy and 'demanding' is a most natural thing at the start. Remember, it's as new for them as it is for you.
As kittens grow older, are they more
self-sufficient? Oh yeah, they sure are! In fact, you'll probably have times when you notice that kitty will want his or her own time as well, and will go hide away somewhere for hours at a time, and you will wonder where they got to! Cats can be very quite and hide under beds, or in cupboards and you won't know. They are definitely a far more independent creature than a dog, by far.
Can I expect to have some alone time returned to me? Yep, for sure. No doubt about it. Like I said, they tend to also want their alone time too, so fear not, they will leave you wondering where they are some days.
Finally, for some more hints and tips about how to care for your kitten, follow this link:
I do hope that helps at least a little. And remember to relax a little; once that little furry bundle of joy is curled up in your lap and purring, if anything like me, your heart will melt and all your cares will be purred away!
Take care, and enjoy your new furry baby. Life will take on a whole new meaning! If you want, you can let me know how things are in a week or so, yeah?
Anyway, must go. Running our of room now. xo