If your cat sits above your head, this post will show you a number of likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sit above my head? Likely reasons why your cat sits above your head are that it feels safer there, it is doing it for attention, it is being affectionate, or that it simply likes the spot.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sits above your head and it could be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main reason and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat sits above your head

Below are possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make them more likely.

It feels safer

The cause could that sitting above you makes your cat 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.

To get attention

It could be the case that your cat has been sitting above your head in order to get extra attention from you. This would be more likely if it tends to do it when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it extra attention when it does it.

It simply likes the spot

Another possible cause is that your cat simply likes the spot. This would be very likely to be the cause if your cat also chooses to sit there even when you are not sitting below.

It is being affectionate

It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if it also touches you, it purrs, kneads, and it also wants you to pet it when it does it.

You’re in its 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 sits above you when you sit in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sit in that spot when you are not sat there.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has always sat above your head

If your cat did not always sit above your head, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that it started because something caused it to become anxious or because it learned that it is comfortable to sit above your head.

What is different when your cat chooses to sit above your head

Another thing to consider is if your cat does it more at a certain time. If your cat does it more at a certain time, it might be the case that the timing has something to do with it. For example, if your cat tends to do it before you have left home, the cause could be that it has some separation anxiety.

What to do about your cat sitting above your head

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

Redirect it elsewhere

One option would be to redirect your cat elsewhere whenever it tries to sit above you. Eventually, your cat should learn that, if it tries to sit above you, it will be moved.

Give it other places to sit

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

Limit reasons why it might be anxious without you

It would help to limit reasons why your cat might get anxious 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 your cat does not seem to be doing it due to any issues, another option would be to simply let your cat continue doing it.

Why does my cat sit above me?

Your cat might sit above you for any of the reasons mentioned above. It would help to consider the timing of when your cat does it and what else happened when it first started.

Why does my cat sit up high?

If your cat sits up high even, when you are not around, the cause would be more likely to be that it likes the spot and that it feels safer there.

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