If your cat keeps trying to be close to you, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about it.

So, why is my cat trying to be close to me? Possible reasons why your cat is trying to be close to you are that it wants attention, it feels safer near you, separation anxiety, or that it is being affectionate.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat tries to be close to you

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat tries to be close to you and what you can do about them.

It wants attention

The cause could be that it wants attention. This would be more likely if your cat tries to be close to you when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give your cat more attention when it does it. Instead, it could help to give your cat some attention throughout the day.

It is being affectionate

The cause could also be that it is just being affectionate. This would be more likely if it gets you to pet it, it rubs itself against you and if it purrs and kneads.

It feels safer

Another possible cause is that it feels safer when it is around you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to follow you around and if it normally gets close to you when other people and animals are around.

Separation anxiety

The cause could be that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where your cat gets anxious when it is left alone. This would be more likely if your cat often follows you around and tends to bother you more just before you leave home.

It wants something from you

Another possible reason is that your cat wants to get something from you. This would be more likely if it does it when you are eating something that it likes such as fish or if it does it more at around the same time that you normally give it food.

Nature

If the way your cat gets close to you is by getting you to pet it, one likely reason why it does it is that it likes it when you pet it so it wants you to do it more. This would be more likely if it shows positive body language when you are petting it and when it is getting you to pet it. 

Things to consider about your cat trying to be close to you

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

If your cat has always won’t leave you alone

If your cat has not always tried to be close to you, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be due to things such as a change in its environment or because you stopped giving it as much attention.

What is different when your won’t leave you alone

If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, it would help to consider what else is different when it does it. For example, if it does it before you have fed it, in the morning, it could actually be the case that it is waiting to get fed.

What to do about your cat trying to be close to you

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

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

It might be the case that your cat has been doing it due to being anxious. It would help to limit possible reasons why it might be anxious by doing things such as giving it access to the litter box and letting it stay where it wants to when you are away.

Give it attention throughout the day

It would also help to give it attention throughout the day so that it is less likely to do things to get you to give it attention.

Give it distractions 

Another option would be to give it things to be distracted with such as toys. Doing so should help to reduce how much it tries to be close to you.

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.