If your cat sits in your chair when you get up, this post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sit in my chair when I get up? Likely reasons why your cat sits on your chair when you get up are that it likes the spot, it wants attention, it wants something from you, or that it likes the warmth of the spot after you have sat there.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sits in your chair and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat sits in your chair when you get up
Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely.
It likes the spot
It could be the case that your cat just likes that spot on the chair. This would be more likely if it always sits in that particular spot and it still sits in that spot when you choose to sit somewhere else.
It might also be the case that your cat likes the warmth of your chair after you have just sat on it. This would be more likely if your cat does not seem to be doing it due to any of the reasons mentioned below and if it also tends to sit in other warm spots such as near a radiator.
It wants attention
It could also be the case that your cat sits in your chair for attention. This would be more likely if it does it when you have not been giving it much attention, it does it when you are sat there and if you tend to give it more attention when it does it. It would also be more likely if your cat sits where you sit regardless of where you sit.
It wants something from you
Another possible cause is that it is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat only sits in your chair before you have given it things such as food in the morning.
It wants you to sit with it
Another possible cause is that it wants you to sit with it. This would be more likely if it tends to do it when you are already sat there. In this case, it is likely that it is being affectionate and it wants you to pet it.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat always sat in your chair when you used to get up
If your cat did not always sit in your chair, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be because you stopped giving it as much attention or because your cat decided that it simply likes the spot.
The timing of when your cat sits in your chair
It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sits in your chair. If your cat only sits there right after you get up, it would be more likely to be for attention or because it likes how warm it feels. Whereas, if your cat sits there at random times, it would be more likely that it just likes the spot.
What to do about your cat sitting in your chair when you get up
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Avoid encouraging it
If you do not want your cat to sit in your chair, it would help to avoid rewarding it when it sits there. Instead, it would help to move it to where you want it to sit and to reward it when it sits there.
Give it a space to sit next to you
Another option would be to put a cat bed nearby so that your cat has another spot it can sit in.