If your cat has been sitting on your legs a lot, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat sit on my legs? Possible reasons why your cat sits on your legs are that you are warm, you make it feel safer, to get attention, it is anxious, or because you are in the spot it likes to sit in.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat could sitting on your legs and it could be the result of a combination of reasons. However, there are a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are a number of things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat sits on your legs

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been sitting on your legs and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

You are warm

The cause might be that your cat finds it comfortable to sit on your legs. This would be more likely if your cat sits on your legs regardless of where you sit and your cat does not seem to be doing it to get attention from you.

You make it feel safer

Another possible cause is that sitting on your legs 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

Another possible cause is that your cat has been trying 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 is anxious

It could be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to get anxious. This would be more likely if it sits on your legs at around the same time that you would normally go out.

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 on your legs when you sit in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sit there when you are not sat there.

Things to consider about your cat sitting on your legs

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

If your cat has always sat on your legs

If your cat has not always sat on your legs, 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 the case that it started because something caused it to become anxious or because it learned that it is comfortable to sit on your legs.

What is different when your cat sits on your legs

It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat tends to sit on your legs. 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 on your legs

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

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

It would help to limit reasons why your cat might get fearful 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.

Give your cat 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.

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 is my cat sitting on me suddenly?

If your cat has started sitting on your legs suddenly, it might be the case that something has caused it to start getting anxious when it is not with you. Another possible cause is that it learned that you are comfortable or that it gets rewards for sitting on your legs such as attention.

Why does my cat sit on my legs when I sleep?

If your cat sits on your legs when you are sleeping, it could be because your cat finds you comfortable or because it feels safer when it sits on your legs.

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