Does your cat love their window seat? Many cats spend most of their days hanging out by a window to see what’s happening. You might not understand the allure, but you have a fluffy predator on your hands, and it’s time to figure out why they do this.
You might notice your cats congregating to check out the flock of birds feasting in the early morning hours or curled up enjoying the sunshine. There are multiple reasons your cat loves windows, which are valid and understandable. But let’s talk specifics.
The 5 Likely Reasons Cats Look Out the Window
There’s really no secret to this. Your cats look out windows for the same reasons you might think—free entertainment and cozy napping.
With the beautiful way the warm sunshine comes pouring in the window, it’s no surprise that cats love basking in these rays. Your cat will love getting warm and cozy in their favorite window sitting spot.
It’s their very own nature-made heating blanket. If you have a cat that gravitates towards warm snuggly areas, it’s probably a guarantee that they are using the window to get toasty. And it’s quite a view as well.
Just who is that cat on the other side of the window? Your cat might not be able to quite figure it out.
Sometimes cats get really jazzed up to see their own reflection. The curiosity factor takes over, being uncertain as to what is an elusive cat they can see but not touch. If you notice your cat curiously moving around the window, trying to get something that seems quite elusive, it could just be themselves.
Birds, squirrels, and chipmunks, oh my! Your cat has an entire buffet to stare at when they look out the window. It doesn’t matter where you live, they can see flying insects and other forms of wildlife flying around.
You might think it is adorable that they’re watching the squirrel outside. After all, you probably think they want to make friends. The reality is your cat is a natural predator, no matter how incapable they might actually be when it comes to hunting.
Some cats might even chatter and make other vocalizations when noticing these critters. Some cats have a higher prey drive than others. The more docile cats might just enjoy the view without getting too overly invested in what they see.
Other cats show extreme interest and borderline obsession.
It doesn’t really matter what your cat is looking at out of your window, all of the sites are entertaining for them.
It’s an entirely separate world that they wish they could explore, much like us watching a safari documentary or other part of nature that we don’t get to experience in our own environment.
One of the things that we feel are all too overlooked when it comes to our domesticated cats is their instinctual needs. Some cats have a much stronger desire to be outdoors, and sometimes, looking outdoors can be a natural desire because, keep in mind, being outdoors is as in-built to your cat as anything.
How to Enhance Your Cat’s Window Time
No matter the reason your cat prefers to look outside, you should encourage them to get this type of stimulation.
Your cat getting fresh air is not the worst idea in the world. After all, these natural creatures enjoy their original environment just like we enjoy a good hike in the woods.
If you live in an area where you can’t allow your cat outside access, that doesn’t mean you can’t encourage window time.
Companies that make cozy cat furniture know just what they like. There are many options for your cat to be propped up, all nice and comfortable in their favorite window.
The ultimate design you choose will depend on your preference, window strength, and aesthetic goals. Some cat hammocks can hang off the window’s frame, while others suction to the window itself.
If you want to really go the extra mile for your cat, there are tons of pre-manufactured and DIY options available for cat window cages. These cages prevent your cat from escaping into the great outdoors while allowing them to get some fresh air.
If you think you have a window that is compatible with a design, you can look at options to extend your window space and give your cat the luxury of that freedom.
Teach Your Cat to Walk on a Leash
In addition to providing your cat a style of entertainment, you can also take them on walks if you think you’re up for the challenge. Teaching a cat to walk on a leash might be pretty tricky.
But with a little patience and perseverance, your cat might be able to perform this action and enjoy the great outdoors safely with human companions.
Companies make cat-specific harnesses and leashes to securely control your cat without them getting away. Proper sizing and set are crucial elements when you are purchasing a harness. The last thing you want is for your cat to escape you at an opportunistic moment.
Protecting Houseplants, Décor, Curtains, & Blinds
You might be getting a little bit aggravated with your tiny wild cats. After all, cats hanging out in the window can equal trouble, depending on what they will knock over to get there.
You might need adjustments if you have breakables or expensive blinds and curtains in your window. Choose a window spot in the house to attract your cats where you want them to be.
You can create a cozy spot for them to hang out, attract them with cat grass or catnip, or start putting their favorite treats by the windowsill. That way your cat will naturally want to sit by a specific window, leaving your potential goodies alone in the meantime.
If your cat feels ownership to a specific window, especially one they favor, you can reduce trouble for other items. Restricting access might be in the cards, too, if your feline is particularly stubborn.
Most cats will enjoy looking out the window, despite your best efforts to prevent them from doing so. They enjoy seeing what goes on out there, and some probably wish they could join in on the sun and fun.
If you live in a spot where your cat can’t roam outside, you can take the tips we offer in this article to enhance their window-sitting experience.
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