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

So, why does my cat walk on me? Likely reasons why your cat walks on you are that it feels safer, it wants to sit or sleep on you, it is being affectionate, or that it wants attention or something from you.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat walks 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 there are some things you can do about it.

Why does my cat walk on me?

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

It feels safer

The reason why your cat walks on you is likely to be that it makes your cat feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat does it more at a certain time such as when there are noises inside or another pet or person being around that it does not like. However, it would still be likely to be a part of the cause if your cat walks on you at other times as well.

Your cat wants to sit or sleep on you

If your cat walks on you when you are sitting or lying down, the cause is also likely to be that your cat wants to sit or sleep with you.

Your cat is being affectionate

Another possible cause is that your cat is being affectionate. This would be more likely if your cat does things such as purr and get you to pet it when it walks on you.

Your cat wants attention

A part of the cause is also likely to be that your cat wants attention from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to walk on you more at times when you have not been giving it attention for a while such as in the morning.

It is rubbing its scent on to you

Cats have sweat glands on their paws. The reason why your cat walks on you could also be that your cat wants to rub its scent on to you. This would be more likely if your cat also rubs itself against you when it does it. By rubbing its scent on to you, it should help your cat be safer since it will deter other predators from entering your cat’s territory.

Your cat wants you to get up and give it something

Another possible cause is that your cat wants you to get up and give it something. This would be more likely if your cat does it more at a certain time such as in the morning when you have not fed it yet.

Things to consider

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

If your cat has always walked on you

If your cat did not always walk on you, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as something causing it to get anxious without you or because it became more comfortable around you.

What is different when your cat does not walk on you

If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if your cat tends to do it more in the morning, the cause could be because it was anxious when it was not with you during the night or because it wants you to feed it.

What to do about your cat walking on you

Below are some things you can do about the behavior.

Give it another place to sit

One option would be to give your cat another place where it can sit and to get your cat to sit there whenever it tries to walk on you. It would help to make sure that it also has access to a safe spot that it can go to where it can avoid any dogs you might have. Often, you will find that cats like spots that are high up.

Redirect its focus

Another option would be to try to redirect your cat’s focus when it tries to walk on you. Ways to redirect its focus would be to give it toys to play with or to get it to sit next to you and pet it.

Let it do it

If the behavior has not been bothering you much, another option would be to let your cat do it and to move it when it does bother you.

Why does my cat walk on me in the morning?

The reason why your cat walks on you in the morning is likely to be that your cat wants you to give it something such as food or to let it outside. It could also be the case that it wants attention from you if you do not let it sleep in the same room as you.

Why does my cat walk on me in bed?

The reason why your cat walks on you in bed is likely to be that your cat wants attention from you and that it feels more comfortable by being on top of you in bed.

Why does my cat walk on me at night?

Your cat likely walks on you at night because it wants to sleep on you or because it feels safer around you.

Why does my cat walk on me while I’m sleeping?

Possible reasons why your cat walks on you when you are sleeping are that your cat is spreading its scent on to you, it wants attention from you, it wants to sleep on you, it is seeing if you are ok or that something is causing it to feel anxious.

Why does my cat walk on me and purr?

If your cat walks on you and purrs, it would be more likely that your cat does it because it is being affectionate and because it wants to sit or sleep with you.

Why does my cat stand on me?

Your cat likely stands on you because it wants you to pet it and because it is showing you affection. It could also be the case that your cat wants to sleep or sit on you or that it is doing it because it feels safer around you.

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