Oh, you know that feeling when you’re sitting on the sofa, snuggled under a blanket, typing on your laptop when your fluffy friend decides to surprise you with a cuddle session? She slowly settles on your lap, kneads the dough (a.k.a. the blanket) for a split second, and purrs the night away. She’s a gem.
She makes you wonder. Why does she choose that spot? Why does she choose to snuggle with you when you’re working rather than when you’re begging her to give you a smooch? She’s a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure. She’s no different from other fluffers, though.
Cats are rumored to be detached, standoffish, and even aggressive at times because they aren’t fans of anyone bossing them around. Cats aren’t going to do something simply because you ask them to, they’re going to do that once you present them with treats or some other form of bribery – or, when they want to.
Contrary to the popular belief, cats have standards. When a cat chooses to sit on you, snuggle with you, or give you the time of the day, chances are she approves of you. We’re bringing you other surprising reasons why your feline friend might choose to sit on you or snuggle with you.
Why does your cat choose to sit on you?
1. Cats sit on you because they’re asking for attention
Cats crave attention, even though that’s not something your cat would ever admit. Cats want you to chase after them, beg them to hang out with you, and bribe them with treats because they’re obsessed with being the center of attention. Cats are drama queens, everyone knows that!
There’s also a chance your cat might be choosing to sit on you when you’re busy doing something else because she’s trying to communicate “Hey, I’m here! I don’t like when you’re doing something other than admiring me and my beauty!” At the end of the day, your cat appreciates your affection more than you might think.
2. Cats sit on you because that’s how they’re showing affection
Cats don’t speak English, of course. Cats communicate what they’re thinking of, what they want to do, or how they’re feeling through body language and visual, vocal, and chemical cues.
One of the ways cats communicate with humans happens to be by sitting on their laps, napping next to their feet, and rubbing against their thighs.
When your cat chooses to do these things, there’s a pawsibility she’s doing them because she’s showing her affection and saying “Hey, I love that you’re writing articles to earn money and buy more food for me!” What a sweetheart, right?
3. Cats sit on you because they’re comfortable around you
Cats aren’t like dogs, at all. They don’t trust everyone who approaches them on the street or offers them a treat. Cats don’t turn a blind eye to that gut feeling telling them they need to protect themselves from predators when they’re out and about.
Consequently, when your cat chooses to sit on you, she’s showing how much she trusts you to protect her and how much she’s comfortable with you touching her exposed belly. Corny as that might sound, cats are comfortable around humans who don’t force them to cuddle when they don’t want to.
4. A cat might sit on you because you’re warm
Come on, how many times have you caught a glimpse of your feline friend napping by the radiator or hanging out on top of your charger? Cats adore warm spots and try to nap on every single one of them during the day (we’re talking about random sunbeams on the floor, too!) Cats are like sunflowers, fur real!
Knowing that, don’t be surprised when your fluffer decides to take a nap on top of you while you’re working on your computer or watching a TV show nestled under a blanket.
5. A cat might sit on you because she likes the way you smell and sound
Buckle up, we’re about to blow your mind! We’re aware that the pleasing, purring sounds our cats make cure anxiety and calm even the most crowded of minds. We’re appreciative of the fact that our cats bestow us with the honor of purring on top of our laps or chests.
But, are we aware that we provide them with the same sense of stress relief? That’s right, cats adore the way we smell and sound and they’re known to hang out on top of us when they’re stressed out and anxious. Therefore, your cat might be sitting on top of you because she likes the way you smell and sound.
6. Cats sit on you because they’re trying to charm you to offer them a treat
Now, even though we’re focusing on the positive, we do need to underline the chance that your cat might be sitting on you because she’s trying to get a treat out of you.
Cats are cunning, more than you might think. Cats understand that we offer them treats whenever were trying to teach them something or get them to do something. They also know that they’re too charming and charismatic to not get a treat when they snuggle on top of our chests. Argh, they know too much!
7. A cat might sit on you because she’s marking her territory and claiming you as her own
We’ll close out the article with a reason that makes the most sense when we’re referring to cats that aren’t cuddly and cute on a regular. When your cat chooses to sit on you without you begging her to do so, there’s a chance she might be marking her territory and claiming you as her own (sort of sweet, right?).
Other than urinating, cats often scratch you, rub themselves against you, and even munch on you to mark you. Cats’ scent glands are scattered across their bodies – from their chins, cheeks, lower ears, and foreheads to their tails, rears, backs, and paw pads, cats can rub their scents on you whenever they touch you.