If your cat has been sitting on your keyboard, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sit on my keyboard? The most likely reason why your cat sits on the keyboard is that it likes the way that it feels. If it sits on your laptop keyboard, it is also likely to be because the laptop is warm.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat sits on your keyboard and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat sits on your keyboard

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

It likes the feeling

The cause could be that your cat likes the feeling. This would be more likely if your keyboard is by itself and not a part of a laptop. In this case, the best option would be to put your keyboard out of your cat’s reach when you are not using it.

It likes the warmth

If your cat sits on your laptop keyboard, the cause is likely to be that your cat likes the warmth of the laptop. In this case, the best option would be to close your laptop when not being used and to give your cat another warm place to sit.

Encouraging the behavior

It might also be the case that your cat has learned that the behavior gets rewarded. If you tend to give your cat things such as toys, treats, or attention, when it sits on the keyboard, it might do it more in order to get more rewards. Instead, it would help to move it to where you want it to sit and to reward it for sitting there.

It wants something from you

Another possible cause is that your cat wants something from you. This would be more likely if your cat does it more when you have not yet given it something such as food in the morning.

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 on your keyboard

If your cat did not always sit on your keyboard, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started. For example, if it started doing it when you got a new keyboard, it could be the case that your cat discovered that it likes how your keyboard feels.

What is different when your cat does not sit on your keyboard

If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, it would also help to consider the timing. For example, if your cat does it right after you have been using it, the cause would be more likely that it likes the extra warmth.

What to do about your cat sitting on your keyboard

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

Give it another place to sit

One option would be to give it another place to sit, to move your cat there when it tries to sit on your keyboard, and to reward your cat whenever it sits there.

Move your keyboard

Another option would be to move your laptop and keyboard somewhere where your cat cannot get to when you are not using them.

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.