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Why does my cat sit in front of me and stare at me?

We often notice how a cat carefully examines a person’s face. Sometimes this action surprises, sometimes it raises questions. Of course, it is common for cats to notice the slightest movements of a person’s face and observe their changes. Such careful scrutiny can be a signal of interest in a person, a request for help or a simple manifestation of curiosity.

For example, if the owner comes home and the cat looks at him for a few seconds, then blinks and goes about his business, he is simply greeting “his” person, making it clear that he is happy to see him.

A long look when a cat sits in front of an obstacle that it cannot overcome on its own most often indicates a request for help, drawing attention to its problem.

It’s all about body language

Context is key to understanding why your cat is looking at you. The same expression will likely mean one thing if your cat is happy and something completely different if she is angry or upset.

Therefore, you cannot view a cat’s views in a vacuum. They are just one piece of their behavioral puzzle, and you will need to look at all the pieces together to try to understand what your pet is thinking.

However, it’s no surprise that your cat will look at you no matter how she feels. Cats are visual creatures and rely on their eyes to hunt. You really can’t disable this behavior.

Does this mean your cat is chasing you? Not necessarily – but they’ve probably thought about it once or twice. However, there are probably other reasons why they are watching, so let’s look at those first.


  1. The cat is curious. This is one of the most common reasons why cats stare at people. Let’s be real, you must seem particularly strange to your cat. No wonder they want to look at you from time to time. If you do something you don’t usually do, your cat probably just wants to know what’s going on.
  2. The cat wants something. The cat may be trying to tell you that it wants something from you, such as attention or food. They may also wave or meow to try to get your attention. This may be a learned rather than innate behavior, which is a nice way of saying that your cat thinks you’re an easy target.
  3. The cat is bored. If your cat lacks stimulation, he may ask you to provide it. The good news is that staring at you is better than other ways your cat can cope with boredom, like tearing up your couch.
  4. A cat needs trust. Cats feel sad and anxious, just like people, and like people, they seek outside sources of comfort. However, your cat has no other options for finding a sympathetic shoulder, so he will turn to you. If there have been big changes and upheavals in your home recently, your cat may feel stressed, causing him to look at you more often.
  5. The cat is worried about its owner. Despite your already established quirk, you represent your cat’s entire world. They understand that they rely on you for food, shelter, entertainment and more, and are sometimes afraid of losing you. After all, you regularly leave them for hours – what if you don’t come back? They may look at you to assess your presence while you are there. Cats also tend to mirror your emotional state, so if you are calm and confident, your cat will end up being the same.
  6. The cat is sleeping. We don’t want to burst your bubble, but maybe you’re not as interesting as you think. Some cats sleep with their eyes partially open, allowing them to catch multiple z’s while pointing in your general direction.
  7. The cat is injured. With some injuries, the cat’s eyes look straight ahead. These injuries can be caused by a variety of causes, but the most likely cause is high blood pressure. Take a look at your cat’s pupils. If they are dilated, you may want to take your cat to the vet for a check-up.
Why does my cat sit in front of me and stare at me
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What to do

If your cat’s staring bothers you, the only way to stop it is to find out the cause. Once you understand what’s behind this behavior, you can give your cat what it wants and end the problem once and for all.

Of course, there may not be just one reason. One day your cat may be looking at you for one reason and the next for a completely different reason. You will just need to use contextual clues to determine what your cat wants.

Either that or you can live being looked at like a celebrity. It’s your choice.

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