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

So, why does my cat sit at my desk? Likely reasons why your cat sits at your desk are that your cat feels safer around you, your cat finds your desk comfortable or your cat is waiting for something from you.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sits at your desk and it is likely to be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can do about it and there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.

Why does my cat sit on my desk?

Below are likely reasons why your cat sits at your desk and what would make them more likely.

Your cat wants to be around you

A likely reason why your cat does it is likely to be that your cat wants to be around you because it makes your cat feel safer. This would be very likely to be a part of the cause if your cat only sits on your desk when you are sat at your desk.

Your cat finds your desk comfortable

Another possible cause is that your cat simply finds your desk comfortable. This would be more likely if your cat chooses to sit or sleep on your desk even when you are not around.

Your cat wants to be in a high spot

It could also be the case that your cat wants to be in a high spot because it makes your cat feel safer. This would be more likely if you have other pets at home, especially dogs, and your cat tends to jump on your desk or other high spots when the other pets are around.

Your cat is waiting for something from you

It might also be the case that your cat is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more before you have done things such as fed your cat in the morning.

Encouraging the behavior

It could also be the case that your cat has learned that it is rewarded for sitting at your desk. If you tend to pet your cat and give it treats when it sits there, it will likely do it more in order to get more rewards.

Things to consider

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

If your cat has always sat on your desk

If your cat has not always sat at your desk, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it could be because you started spending more time at your desk or because another spot became unavailable to your cat.

The timing of when your cat sits on your desk

It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sits at your desk. If your cat tends to sit there when you are at your desk, it would be a lot more likely that your cat is doing it because you are there and because you make your cat feel safer.

Whereas, if your cat does it when you are not there, it would be more likely that your cat simply likes the spot or because it is hiding from other pets.

What to do about my cat sitting on my desk?

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

Let your cat do it

If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and the behavior does not bother you, it would be an option to simply allow your cat to continue doing it.

Give your cat another place to sit

Another option would be to give your cat somewhere else where it can sit. One option would be to put a cat bed near your desk.

Limit reasons why your cat might be fearful

If your cat seems to be doing it because it is trying to get away from other pets or because it is fearful, it would help to try to limit reasons why it might be fearful such as by letting it stay in a quiet part of the house or by letting it go to other high up spots.

Why does my cat lay on my desk?

The reason why your cat lays on your desk is likely to be that it finds your desk comfortable and because it feels safer by being somewhere where you spend most of your time.

Why does my cat keep jumping on my desk?

The reason why your cat keeps jumping on your desk is likely to be that your cat feels safer on your desk and because your cat wants to be around you.

Why does my cat sit on my lap when I work?

The reason why your cat sits on your lap when you work is likely to be that it makes your cat feel safer and because your cat is showing you affection.

Why does my cat sit in front of my computer?

The reason why your cat sits in front of your computer is likely to be that your cat finds it comfortable there especially if it is warm there. It is also likely that your cat does it because it makes your cat feel safer to be near you.

Why does my cat sit on my papers?

The reason why your cat sits on your papers is likely to be that your cat finds it comfortable and because your cat feels safer sitting somewhere that is close to you.

Author

I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.