If your cat has been facing away from you a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat face away from me? Likely reasons why your cat faces away from you are that it does not want to be bothered, it thinks you do not want it to face you, or that it finds a particular position comfortable.
There are many possible reasons why your cat sits facing away from you and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat faces away from you
Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.
It might be the case that there is a particular way that your cat likes to sit or lay down in a certain spot. This would be more likely if your cat does face you when you sit in a certain spot but less likely if it sits or sleeps facing away from you regardless of where you sit and if it turns around when you sit in the direction your cat is facing.
It does not want to be bothered
The reason why it does it might also be that it wants to avoid being bothered. This would be more likely if it does not always sit or lay facing away from you and if it does it more when it wants to sleep.
In this case, it would help to make sure that it is able to sleep easily at night since it could be the case that it is trying to get extra sleep during the day due to issues sleeping at night.
It feels safer
It could also be the case that it does it because it makes it feel safer because you are behind it and it can see what is coming from the other direction. This would be more likely if your cat does not avoid you and if it tends to follow you around the house as well.
It thinks you do not want it to face you
Another possible cause is that your cat thinks that you do not want it to face you. This would be more likely if your cat did sit facing you in the past but it stopped since you did something such as get annoyed with it when it was facing you.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat always faced away from you
If your cat did not always face away from you, it would help to consider what else happened when it started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be due to things such as you getting annoyed with it when it did face you or that it found a new spot that it likes.
What is different when your cat does face you
If your cat does face you sometimes, it would also help to consider what is different when your cat does face you. For example, if it does face you when you sit in a certain spot, it might be the case that your cat just likes to sit facing a certain direction in the spot it usually sits in.
What to do about your cat facing away from you
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Pet it differently
If it seems like it might be doing it due to avoiding you, it would also likely help to change the way you interact with it. It would help to be calm with it and to pet it in a gentle manner. It would also help to consider the body language it shows and to stop touching it when it seems to be wanting you to stop.
Let it do it
If your cat seems to be doing it because it just likes sitting in a particular spot and it does not seem to be avoiding you, the easiest option would be to allow it to continue sitting the way it wants to.
Why does my cat face away from me when sleeping?
If your cat faces away from you when sleeping, the cause could be that your cat does not want to be bothered while it is sleeping. It could also be the case that it likes to sleep in a certain spot facing in a certain direction.
Why does my cat sit facing away from me?
If your cat sits facing away from you, it could be because it likes to sit in a certain spot, it thinks you do not want it to face you or that it feels safer. It would help to consider if your cat always faces away from you and if it does show you affection during other parts of the day.