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Why Do Cats Love To Sit On Your Laptop?

Our beloved cats make wonderful pets and companions, but they can be pesky! Why do cats sit on laptops, for instance? Click here to find out.

Why Do Cats Love To Sit On Your Laptop?

If you are fortunate enough to own a feline, you are‚ÄĮprobably aware that cats have a knack for¬†getting¬†in the way. Take your laptop, for example. You've¬†likely¬†been interrupted countless times by your cat sitting‚ÄĮon top of¬†the¬†keyboard. Now,¬†perhaps¬†your¬†furry friend¬†is doing this just to be annoying¬†‚ÄĒ¬†which is always a possibility¬†‚ÄĒ¬†but there are other reasons your cat might find¬†the¬†laptop so attractive.¬†

Your cat wants attention 

Why do cats sit on laptops?¬†Well, if you look at the world through¬†a¬†cat's eyes, you'll begin to understand one of the main reasons. While you're working¬†on a computer,¬†all of your attention is focused on that inanimate object.¬†That is just not acceptable to a¬†cat.¬†In¬†a feline's‚ÄĮmind, the best¬†solution to this¬†problem is to insert itself‚ÄĮbetween you and¬†that¬†laptop.‚ÄĮUnfortunately, if¬†you're like most owners, you have probably‚ÄĮinadvertently "rewarded"¬†the¬†cat by stroking its‚ÄĮfur and giving it‚ÄĮthe attention that it¬†wants.¬†

Of course, there are going to be times when you‚ÄĮcan't indulge¬†the pesky furball¬†in such a way¬†‚ÄĒif you have a pressing work deadline,¬†for¬†instance.¬†At those moments, provide your¬†feline¬†with an engaging¬†distraction.¬†Many¬†cats adore a good box, so try¬†diverting¬†its attention¬†with a cardboard container or carton.¬†

Cats love warmth 

Have you noticed that¬†most¬†cats¬†love to sunbathe?‚ÄĮAny time a ray of sunshine forms a small‚ÄĮpuddle of warmth on¬†the¬†carpet, your cat is likely to be in the middle of it.¬†That's because cats love to be warm. In fact, their preferred temperature is between¬†85¬†and 100¬†degrees. Of¬†course, most¬†people¬†are not going to set the¬†thermostat¬†that high. So,¬†why do cats like sitting on laptops? They may be looking for‚ÄĮa secondary source of heat to warm their little bodies.¬†

Having a cat on your keyboard can make it difficult to work. One solution? Offer a small heating pad or mat to keep them comfortable. A number of companies design these products specifically for pets, and your cat may find it a suitable alternative to resting on a laptop. 

Cats are nosy 

Cats are naturally curious animals¬†and they¬†tend to be¬†interested in what you‚Äôre doing. It's also not unusual for cats to become fixated on any‚ÄĮmovement appearing on¬†a¬†screen, such as a‚ÄĮscrolling cursor or a video‚ÄĮwith lots of action. In fact,¬†some owners believe¬†that¬†cats just want to mimic their behavior. They theorize that your feline watches you‚ÄĮtype¬†away on¬†a¬†computer‚ÄĮand wants‚ÄĮto do the same.¬†The next thing you know, you have a¬†cat walking over¬†the¬†laptop keyboard. To combat this, some cat owners have given their felines¬†a fake or unused¬†computer.¬†

In the end, your cat is just being a cat 

Yes, it can be annoying to have a cat¬†splayed across¬†the¬†laptop while you're trying to work, but your furry friend means no harm. It is just one of the many¬†interesting behaviors¬†and quirks that cats¬†will¬†exhibit throughout the day. Plus, it's these¬†eccentric¬†mannerisms that‚ÄĮmake cats so charming, entertaining, and endearing to¬†their owners.


Lizz Caputo is a Content Strategist at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.

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