If your cat has been standing on you a lot, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.

So, why does my cat stand on me? Likely reasons why your cat stands on you are that it is trying to get your attention because it wants something from you, it is spreading its scent onto you and that it makes your cat feel safer.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat stands on you and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause, and the main cause will likely depend on the context.

Why does my cat stand on me?

Below are likely reasons why your cat stands on you and what would make each of them more likely.

Your cat feels safer

A likely reason why your cat stands on you is that it makes your cat feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat does not seem to be trying to get attention from you, when it stands on you, if it does it at random times and if it also does things such as follow you from room to room even after being fed. It would also be more likely if your cat lays down on you shortly after standing on you.

Your cat is showing you affection

It might also be the case that your cat is showing you affection and that it trusts you since cats will only come and stand on people that they trust. This would be more likely if your cat also does things such as purr and get you to pet it when it stands on you.

Your cat wants something from you

Another likely cause is that your cat wants something from you. This would be more likely if your cat also meows to get your attention when it does it and if it tends to do it more at a certain time such as just before you have fed it or when it wants to go outside.

Your cat is spreading its scent onto you

Another possible cause is that your cat is spreading its scent onto you. This would be more likely if it also does things such as rub itself on you when it stands on you. By rubbing its scent onto you, it will help your cat to claim its territory and to make predators or other cats less likely to try to claim its territory.

Things to consider

Here are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has always stood on you

If your cat has not always stood on you, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat started standing on you suddenly, it could actually be a sign that your cat has become more comfortable around you. It could also be due to things such as a change in its environment.

The timing of when your cat stands on you

It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat tends to stand on you. If your cat tends to stand on you at a certain time, it could be the case that the timing has something to do with it. For example, if it tends to do it first thing in the morning, it would be more likely that it is trying to tell you to feed it.

What to do about my cat standing on me?

Below are things you can do about your cat standing on you.

Let it do it

If your cat does not bother you, when it stands on you, and it seems to be doing it because it makes your cat feel safer, the easiest option would be to allow your cat to continue doing it.

Give your cat distractions

Another option would be to give your cat things to be distracted by, such as with toys, so that it is less likely to try to get attention from you.

Give your cat attention

If your cat also seems to be doing it just for attention from you, another option would be to give it attention throughout the day by petting it and playing with it so that it is less likely to feel the need to get extra attention from you.

Give your cat what it wants

If it seems to be doing it because it wants something from you, one option would be to give it what it wants such as by feeding it earlier than usual.

Why does my cat stand on me and knead?

If your cat stands on you and kneads, the most likely reason is that it is being affectionate and that it stands on you because it makes your cat feel safer.

Why does my cat stand on me in bed?

If your cat stands on you in bed, before you have fed it in the morning, the cause would be likely to be that it is trying to remind you to feed it. Whereas, if it stands on you in bed, while sleeping with you during the night, the cause would be likely to be that it makes your cat feel more comfortable and secure.

Why does my cat stand on me in the morning?

The most likely reason why your cat stands on you in the morning is that it is hungry and trying to remind you to feed it.

Why does my cat stand over me when I sleep?

Your cat might stand over you, when you sleep, because it is being affectionate and trying to get attention from you. It might also be the case that your cat wants something from you. If your cat does not always stand on you when you sleep, it would help to consider what is different when your cat does it.

Why does my cat stand on my back?

If your cat stands on your back when you are lying down, the cause could be that your cat wants to sleep on your back. It might also be the case that your cat wants something from you which would be more likely if your cat stands on your back more at a certain time. If your cat tends to stand on your back when you are sitting down, the cause would be likely to be that it wants to sit above you because it makes your cat feel safer.

Why does my cat stand on my head?

If your cat stands on your head when you are sitting down, the cause would be likely to be that your cat wants to sit above you because it makes your cat feel safer. If your cat does it when you are lying down, the cause could be that your cat is trying to make you get up and give it something or that it just wants attention from you.

Why does my cat stand on my feet?

The most likely reason why your cat stands on your feet is that it wants something from you which would be more likely if it does it more at a certain time and if it tries to get your attention when it does it.

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