Cats are creatures of habit and routine. It’s little wonder, then, that many regularly seek out the same familiar surfaces upon which to rest themselves. Many cat owners have discovered that their beloved fur babies prefer to ssit on tables or countertops, rather than on the floor. This post will show you likely reasons why your cat has been doing it and what you can do about it.

So, why does my cat sit on the table? Likely reasons why your cat sits on the table are that it finds the table comfortable, the table is cool, it feels safer on the table or that there are issues with alternative spots.

Your cat might sit on the table for a number of reasons and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat sits on the table

Below are likely causes and what would make each of them more likely.

It finds the table comfortable

It might be the case that your cat sits on the table because it finds it more comfortable on the table than in alternative spots. This would be more likely if it has tried sitting in its bed, or alternative spots, before but it didn’t go back to doing it and if your cat has always sat on the table.

The table is cool

The reason why it might choose to sit on the table might be that the table is cooler. This would be more likely if the table is cool and your cat tends to sit on the table when it is hot inside.

There are issues with alternative places

It might also be the case that there are issues with alternative places for it to sit. It could be the case that there are other animals there, it is too hot or that your cat feels like it does not have room.

It feels safer there

Another possible reason why your cat has been doing it could be that it feels safer on the table. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when other animals are around and if the table is tall.

There is food there

Another possible cause is that there is food on the table. This would be more likely if your cat sits on the table when you are eating at the table.

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 the table

If your cat has not always sat on the table, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that there was an event that caused it to start. For example, if it started doing it when the weather became hotter, the cause could be that your cat is trying to cool down.

What is different when your cat does not sat on the table

If your cat does not always sat on the table, it would also help to consider what is different when it does. If it sat elsewhere sometimes, it might be due to the temperature or because it feels safer there when other animals are around or when there are loud noises.

What to do about your cat sitting on the table

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

Give it another place to go

The first option would be to give your cat another place to go such as a cat bed and to encourage your cat to sit there instead whenever it tries to sit on the table.

Let it do it

If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sitting on the table, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sit if it wants to.

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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.