If your cat keeps sitting between your legs, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about each of them.

So, why does my cat sit between my legs? Possible reasons why your cat sits between your legs are that it makes your cat feel safer, it is anxious, your cat is waiting for something, your cat likes the spot, or that your cat just finds it comfortable.

Since there are a number of possible causes, it would help to consider what would make each of them more likely to be the main cause. Once you have a good idea of the main cause, it should become a lot easier to figure out what to do about it.

Why does my cat sit between my legs?

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

Your cat feels safer

A possible cause is that sitting between your legs makes your cat feel safer. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when other animals are around or when there is something else that might be causing it to feel anxious.

Your cat is anxious

It could be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to get anxious. This would be more likely if it sits between your legs at around the same time that you would normally go out.

Your cat is waiting for something

Another possible cause is that your cat is waiting to get something from you. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sit there before you have given it food and it does not do it after.

Your cat likes the spot

It might also be the case that your cat has been doing it because it likes the particular spot that you sit in. This would be more likely if your cat sits between your legs when you sit in a specific spot and if your cat tends to sit there when you are not sat there.

Your cat finds it comfortable between your legs

The cause might be that your cat finds it comfortable to sit between your legs. This would be more likely if your cat sits between your legs regardless of where you sit and your cat does not seem to be doing it to get attention from you.

Things to consider about your cat sitting betweeen your legs

Below are a number of possible reasons why your dog has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

What else happened when your cat first started sitting between your legs

If your cat has not always sat between your legs, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it could be the case that it started because something caused it to become anxious or because it learned that it is comfortable to sit between your legs.

What is different when your cat sits between your legs

It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that your cat tends to sit between your legs. For example, if your cat tends to do it before you have left home, the cause could be that it has some separation anxiety.

How to stop my cat from sitting between my legs?

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

Give your cat other places to sit

One option would be to give your cat other places where it can sit. Perhaps you could try putting a cat bed down for it to sit in.

Limit reasons why your cat might be anxious

It would help to limit reasons why your cat might get fearful when you are not around. Ways to do so could include letting your cat stay in a different room than your dog if you have one or letting your cat stay in a quieter room.

Let it to do it

If your cat does not seem to be doing it due to any issues, another option would be to simply let your cat continue doing it.

Why has my cat started sitting between my legs suddenly?

If your cat has started sitting between your legs suddenly, it could be the case that something has caused it to start getting anxious when it is not with you. Another possible cause is that it learned that you are comfortable or that it gets rewards for sitting between your legs such as attention.

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