If your cat lays on you a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat lay on me? The most likely reason why your cat lays on you is that it makes your cat feel safer.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat lays on you and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason and there are some things you can do about it.

Why does my cat lay on me?

Below are likely reasons why your cat lays on you and what would make each of them more likely.

Your cat feels safer

A likely reason why your cat lays on you is that lying on you causes your cat to feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when other animals are around or when there is something else that might be causing it to feel anxious. However, it is still likely to be the cause even if it does it at random times.

Your cat is waiting for something from you

Another possible cause is that your cat is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to lay on you more at a certain time such as before you have fed it in the morning.

Your cat is being affectionate

A part of the cause is likely to be that your cat is being affectionate. This would be more likely if your cat gets you to pet it, it purrs when it lays on you and if it rubs itself against you.

Your cat is anxious

It could also be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to get anxious. This would be more likely if it lays on you at around the same time that you would normally go out.

Your cat finds you comfortable

The reason why your cat does it could be that your cat finds it comfortable to sleep on you. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps on you regardless of where you sit and your cat does not seem to be doing it to get attention from you.

You are in your cat’s spot

It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it thinks that you are in its spot. This would be more likely if your cat sleeps on you when you sit in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sleep there when you are not sat there.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat has always laid on you

If it has not always laid on you, it would help to consider if anything else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could actually be a sign that it has become more comfortable around you especially if you have not owned your cat for long.

The timing of when your cat lays on you

If there is a certain time that your cat tends to lay on you, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if it tends to do it first thing in the morning, the cause could be that it is waiting for you to feed it.

What to do about my cat laying on me?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Give it other places to go

One option would be to give your cat other places where it can lay down. Perhaps you could try putting a cat bed down for it to sleep in.

Limit reasons why your cat might be anxious

It would also help to limit reasons why it might get fearful when you are not around. Ways to do so could include letting your cat stay in a different room than your dog if you have one or letting your cat stay in a quieter room.

Let it do it

If the behavior has not been bothering you, another option would be to simply allow your cat to continue doing it.

Why does my cat lay on me all the time?

The most likely reason why your cat lays on you all the time is that it makes your cat feel safer and that it has some separation anxiety.

Why does my cat lay on me in bed?

The most likely reason why your cat lays on you in bed is that it makes your cat feel safer. It could also be because your cat is waiting to get something from you which would be more likely if it does it more in the morning when you have not fed it yet.

Why does my cat lay on me when I’m sleeping?

The most likely reason why your cat lays on you when you are sleeping is that it makes your cat feel safer and that it finds it comfortable on you.

Why does my cat lay on me and purr?

Your cat likely lays on you and purrs because it feels secure on you and it is being affectionate.

Why does my cat lay on my back?

Your cat likely lays on your back because it makes your cat feel more secure and because it finds it comfortable on your back.

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