If you have a cat, you know what I’m talking about…
Frequently, when you look up, your cat will be watching you. Mr. Cat has a habit of sitting in a corner of the living room after dinner and just stare at me (sometimes for more than one hour).
I’ve been intrigued by this behavior for a long time, so I decided to search for some “scientific” explanation. According to Dr. Justine A. Lee (full article here):
Most likely, your cat is checking you out and stalking you. While I don’t want to anthropomorphize what’s really going on in your cat’s head while she stares at you, I often feel it’s due to the predator’s instinct.
Chalk this up with your cat’s curious nature. Your cat is staring as she literally checks you over. Personally, I believe cats are trying to mind control us into feeding them. “I’m staring at you so you feel guilty and feed me more.” Don’t fall for it – give them some entertainment and environment enrichment instead, and let them take out their predator’s stare on a Buster Cube or Roll-a-Treat ball instead.
I don’t think my cat is trying to mind control me into feeding him because these staring sessions usually occur when he has a full belly. He’s not trying to convince me to pet him or let him come to my lap either, since I usually call him to join me on the sofa and he just ignores me.
So, why does he stare at me? Well, I don’t know. What I know is that cats are mysterious creatures and that’s why I love them so much!
Why do you think cats stare at us?