Have you ever wondered “why does my cat just sit and stare at me?”
Is he is trying to tell you something important?
Maybe he’s trying to do the Vulcan mind meld with you!
Or is it just one of those strange cat habits with no real explanation?
Let’s unravel this mysterious feline behavior together.
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Why does my cat just sit and stare at me?
While we love cats for their soft fur and gentle purring, they also baffle us every day with their unexplainable habits.
You know what’s I’m talking about – knocking things off the table, sitting like a bread loaf, sleeping in weird places, and of course, sitting and staring with you.
Unfortunately, it can be quite unnerving when your cat’s unblinking eyes focus on you.
You feel that your cat wants something, but you haven’t got the slightest idea what. And it’s driving you mad.
Is she trying to communicate telepathically, or is she planning world domination? Let’s find out.
#1 Don’t you see that I’m starving?
If your cat just sits and stares at you, it’s because you’re eating something and you’ve forgotten that you’re not allowed to eat alone.
You are obliged to share food with your cat even if Nola will turn her nose at what you’re offering.
It’s the first move in a long game created to make you so uncomfortable that you would forfeit and give Nola a bite.
If by some miracle you manage to resist the silent judgment, your cat will make her next move.
You can expect sudden bursts of endearment such as rubbing on your legs and arms and acting as cute as possible.
The same tactic might be employed when you’ve forgotten to fill the cat bowl.
Nola is silently giving you the chance to remedy the situation before she starts yowling as loud as possible.
#2 I want attention
Besides food, cats might stare at you because they want attention.
That usually happens when you’re up to your neck in work or you’re doing something enjoyable, for example, reading a book.
In these circumstances, you’ll often find your feline companion sitting close to you and watching what you’re doing without blinking.
It’s a brilliant tactic. You can’t blame Nola that she is interrupting you because she is just sitting there. But after a few minutes, you can’t take it anymore. You have to stop whatever you’re doing and ask, “What?”
# Don’t you see it?
Despite the age we live in, cats still retain their “witchy” vibe.
That’s why some people think that cats can see ghosts/demons/Death among other paranormal creatures.
The truth is far more ordinary than these old superstitions.
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Since cats are predators by nature, they are capable of noticing movements and hearing sounds that are far outside our humble human abilities.
So, don’t freak out about ghosts if your cat glares at you all the time. Instead, check if something is not crawling up your arm.
#4 It’s just a game
For a creature that spends more than half of its life sleeping, a cat can get bored easily.
So, staring might be a silent command for you to get up and play games with kitty. And you’d better do it fast, or you will live to regret it.
It’s also possible that staring is a game whose rules are known only to the feline kingdom.
Its purpose might be to test the limits of your patience or see how long it takes before you run out of the room, screaming in frustration.
#5 I love you
Unlike dogs, cats are not big fans of showing emotions. Nevertheless, they have their ways of saying, “I love you.”
One of them is starring at the person they love and slowly blinking. While it might not seem much to you, it’s an exceptional sign of trust.
Return the gesture to show the cat that you also care about her.
#6 I’m pissed or stressed
Usually, a cat sitting and starring is nothing to worry about.
However, sometimes a starring cat might be mad about something and preparing to launch a full-blown attack.
If that’s the case, you’ll notice other signs of aggression such as:
- Rapidly swishing tail
- Pulled back ears
- The I’m-about-to-jump-on-you look
- Hissing or angry meowing
In addition to this, a cat that stares at you for a long time might be trying to tell you that she is upset about something or that something has scared her. It’s worth checking it out if you notice that your furbaby looks uncomfortable.
#7 What are you doing?
Last, but not least, your cat might stare at you because she is curious.
You might be doing something mundane and boring, but it has sparked the interest of your feisty feline.
So, Nola is not going to stop staring at you until she has satisfied her curiosity. You’ll have to bear the attention in silence.
It’s hard to know what goes through a cat’s head when she fixates her unnerving glare on you.
However, if you learn to read your cat’s body language, you’ll understand if she is hungry, bored, or simply lonely.
What do you think about these reasons why your cat sits and stares at you? Do you agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments.
I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.
I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
For the past three years, I’ve been an ELS teacher, pouring my heart into showing children and teenagers how important English is for their future and trying to educate them how to treat their pets with care.