Why doesn’t my cat look in the mirror?
Below are likely reasons why your cat does not like looking in the mirror.
Your cat perceives its reflexion as a threat
It could be the case that your cat does not like looking in the mirror because it perceives its reflexion as a threat. When cats look in the mirror, they do not realize that it is their own reflexion that they are looking at. When a cat looks directly into the mirror, it will see its reflexion staring back directly at it. Staring is an act of aggression for many species and so it is very possible that your cat is perceiving its relexion as a threat.
In addition, since your cat does not realize that it is not a different cat, it could be the case that your cat thinks that another cat is on its territory.
Your cat does not understand it
As mentioned, cats do not understand that they are looking at their own reflexion in the mirror. This can cause them to act in unexpected ways when they do look in the mirror.
You’re trying to force it
Sometimes, people will try to force their cats to look in the mirror to see how their cat reacts. If you have been doing this, it would be likely that your cat is actually reacting to you trying to force it.
Your cat may not be used to seeing itself in a mirror
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 done it
If your cat has never liked looking in the mirror, it would be more likely that your cat perceives its reflexion as a threat.
If your cat does look in the mirror at an angle
What to do about my cat not wanting to look in the mirror?
Some cats may be curious about their reflection and enjoy looking at themselves in mirrors, while others may be indifferent or even scared of their reflection. If your cat does not seem to enjoy looking at themselves in mirrors, you can try moving the mirror to a different location or removing it altogether.
Alternatively, you could just leave it alone and allow your cat do learn to ignore it.
Why does my cat freak out when it sees itself in the mirror?
It is likely that your cat freaks out when looking in the mirror because it perceives its reflexion as a threat.
Do cats not like mirrors?
Some cats do not like mirrors for the reasons mentioned above. Most cats do not really care about mirrors and will simply ignore the mirror for the most part. Occasionally, cats also are curious about mirrors and will regularly inspect them.