What is up with cats and their love of laying on top of random items? Find out three theories to this strange cat behavior!
Oh, this is an easy one–Because they can! End of article! Moving on to the next topic… All kidding aside, why do cats prefer to lie on top of items? Research has show a multitude of opinions on this cat behavior, and there is no scientific proof of the reasons, just a lot of educated guesses and theories. Let’s examine a few of those guesses and theories shall we?
Kitties Laying on Things: 3 Theories to Explain This Cat Behavior
1- Cats are territorial, that’s a fact, so with this in mind some people seem to think this is the reason that they lie on top of everything. Their territory is their home along with anything in and around the home, therefore, if you come home from a long day at work and drop your keys and purse on the bed, kitty will jump up and lay on them no matter how uncomfortable they may seem.
2- Other individuals believe that it is because they like to get their scent all over everything so that we know that whatever we own is theirs too. Same thing as being territorial it seems. If we humans bring some item into their territory, they automatically own it, just like they own us. And who’s going to argue with a cat? Right?
3- Yet other popular opinions are that because our cats love us so much they want to be close to anything that we touch or anything that might have our smell on it. They pick up our scent on items and decide that laying on them is showing us how much they love us and want to be near us.
The facts remain that even though cats can be standoffish to us humans at times, they do in fact crave attention and warmth. Even if that warmth is a piece of paper folded on a desk, a keyboard, a mouse, your pajamas, pretty much anything you can imagine. As for why they lay on our keyboards, books, or papers that we are using, it’s because they want that affection and know that if they jump onto whatever object you’re paying attention to that isn’t them, they will indeed get our attention.
As a pet parent to a cat, you’ve encountered this scenario multiple times and know the truth behind it. Though you do have to admit, there could be worse things that a purring, fluffy, cat grabbing your attention for some loving. When your kitty wants some loving or cuddling, you don’t say no too often.
We’re sure everyone has an opinion on why cats lie on top of stuff, what do you think is behind this cat behavior? Were some of our suggestions spot on? Let us know in the comments below.