Last Updated on: November 18, 2020
If you have a cat that walks all over you either when you’re awake or when you’re sleeping, you may find it strange and possibly even annoying. It’s natural to wonder what the cause of this behavior could be, and we’re going look at several possible explanations.
Join us while we review the most popular theories for why you’re cat walks and stands on you. We will also discuss possible alternatives you can try to curb this behavior if it’s bothering you wherever possible.
6 Reasons Cats Stand on You
We’ve scoured the Internet and listen to hundreds of testimonials, and these are the reasons people believe their cats stand on them.
1. They love you
Many people believe that the reason the cat stands on you, especially when you’re sleeping or watching TV is simply that it loves you and wants to be near you. Many pet owners notice that when they go to the bathroom, or they go upstairs or into a different room, the cat will often follow. This following action shows that your pet likes to be near you and sitting on your lap or standing on you is the next logical step to following you.
2. They trust you
The next reason many people believe that their cat stands on them is that their pet trusts them not to hurt them. Most of us know that cats are very wary of strangers and will quickly run and hide upon meeting someone new. Therefore, it’s logical to assume that if the cat is standing on you, it trusts that you will not harm it, so it does not need to hide.
3. To show ownership of you
Many people believe that the reason cats stand on you is to claim ownership. Cats claim ownership over things by putting their scent on them, and many believe the cats can pass their sent through their paws as they walk over you.
4. To get your attention
I think we can all agree it’s pretty hard to ignore a cat when it’s standing on your lap or walking up and down you as you sleep. Cats are intelligent and learn this quickly. They will use it anytime they want your undivided attention and it will likely be successful every time.
5. You are a nice perch
Many people believe that a cat is using you as a perch when it stands on you, especially if there are other pets in the home. Cats like high places and your lap and shoulders can provide a great vantage point while you’re awake, and if you sleep on your side, your hip is a nice place to sit and look around.
6. You are warm and comfortable
If your cat has just begun to stand on you, and it is getting to be winter, there’s a good chance that your cat is cold and looking for your warm body to get some heat. Cats often like to snuggle and will often seek out the warmest person during the winter months.
7. They are exploring
Cats are very curious and love to explore. It’s not unusual to find a cat climbing on just about anything in your home, and your body is no exception. There is a strong possibility that your cat is simply exploring, and you have provided it with a new surface.
We hope this article has been successful in helping you understand some of the reasons behind your cat’s behavior. In most cases having your cat jump on you during the day is not a problem, but it can become frustrating at night if it happens regularly. Hopefully, some of the solutions we’ve offered will provide relief. If we have helped you understand a little more about your cat, please share this guide for why your cat walks on you on Facebook and Twitter.
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Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.