If your cat often wants your food, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.

So, why does my cat want my food? Likely reasons why your cat wants your food are that it likes the smell, it is hungry, it likes the food you eat, or that it is simply curious to see what you are eating.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat wants your food and it is likely to be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things your can consider to help figure out the main cause.

Why does my cat want my food?

Below are likely reasons why your cat wants your food and what would make each of them more likely.

It likes the smell

The cause could be that your cat likes the smell of the food. This would be more likely if your cat only seems to want your food when it is something that is particularly smelly.

It is hungry

Another possible cause is that your cat is hungry. This would be more likely if your cat only wants your food when it has not been able to eat in a while.

It simply likes the food you are eating

Another likely cause is that your cat simply likes the food you are eating. This would be more likely if your cat only wants your food when you are eating certain types of food such as fish.

It is curious to see what you are eating

Food can be hard to come by in the wild and it could be the case that your cat simply wants to see what it is. This would more likely if it does not actually eat the food and it simply inspects it.

Things to consider

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

If your cat has always wanted your food

If your cat has not always wanted your food, 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 a change in its own diet causing it to be hungrier or because you started eating things your cat likes.

The timing of when your cat wants your food

It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat does it since the timing could have something to do with it. For example, if your cat only does it when it has not eaten in a while, it would be more likely that your cat is hungry.

What to do about my cat wanting my food?

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

Ensure your cat is getting the right diet

Since your cat might have been doing it due to being hungry, it would help to make sure that your cat has been getting the right diet and that it has been eating the right amount of calories.

Get it to stay elsewhere when you are eating

Another option would be to get your cat to stay elsewhere while you are eating so that it is unable to bother you.

Why does my cat keep trying to eat my food?

Likely reasons why your cat keeps trying to eat your food are that it is hungry itself or that it simply likes the food that you eat.

How do I stop my cat from eating my food?

To stop your cat from eating your food, it would help to ensure that your cat has been getting the right diet and to get it to stay elsewhere when you are eating.

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.