If your cat keeps sitting in your spot, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat sit in my spot? Likely reasons why your cat sits in your spot are that it finds your spot comfortable, it wants attention from you, it feels safer there, or that it wants you to sit with it.
There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sits in your spot 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 spot
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.
Your cat finds your spot comfortable
It could be the case that your cat just likes that spot. 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 wants attention
It could also be the case that your cat sits in your spot 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 feels safer there
The reason why it does it could be that it smells your scent in your spot and your scent makes it feel safer. This would be more likely if it sits there while you are away. This could be a sign of separation anxiety especially if it also shows signs of being anxious when you are leaving.
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 has always sat in your spot
If your cat did not always sit in your spot, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat 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 spot
It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sits in your spot. If your cat comes and sits there right after you get up, it would make it more likely that it is doing it for attention. Whereas, if it sits there at random times, it would be more likely that it likes the spot.
What to do about your cat sitting in your spot
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Give it another spot to sit in
One option would be to put a cat bed nearby so that your cat has another spot it can sit in.
Reward it when it sits where you want it to
It would also help to reward your cat with treats or attention when it sits where you want it to. Doing this should encourage it not to sit in your spot.