Why Your Cat Follows You
If you are reading this article most likely your feline furry friend likes to follow you wherever you are and checking on whatever you are doing.
You must love this, but at the same time you are curious about this fact and want to know the reasons why your cat shows this behavior.
Keep in mind that this article doesn’t mention the obvious reason for some cats to follow their owner everywhere because they are food driven cats and this behavior is pretty obvious, and it’s usually accompanied by meows.
This article provides you with 7 theories why cats follow their owners, other than food.
1. Your cat follows you because he considers you as his human “mommy” and he is behaving like a kitten following his “mom” everywhere.
One of the theories says that cats follow people because they are like eternal kittens and they see you as an adoptive protective mother. That’s why they follow you as they would follow their mom around the house or the garden.
2. You are your cat’s play partner
If you are the only one in the house that takes time to play with the cat he or she will always follow you because it wants to play with you. By playing games with your cat you develop a special bond that will keep your cat close to you often.
3. Separation Anxiety
If you are back from a trip and suddenly your cat behaves differently, following you more and sleeping with you it may be a sign of for feline experiencing separation anxiety. Your pet was used to being with you and experiencing a period of time without you may have created this symptom.
WATCH A CAT FOLLOWING HIS OWNER EVERYWHERE
4. Cats are curious beings and we are their entertainment, let’s face it!
If a cat is bored and has nothing to do, what better than following its human to check on what he or she is doing. After all, cats are the most curious creatures and in their eyes, we the human, are pretty strange, so strange that we are worth to be observed.
5. Cats are changing, they are more sociable.
Have you read about cats that behave like dogs? There are several cat breeds that behave like dogs, such as the Egyptian cat, the Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Turkish Angora, Burmese, Sphynx, Devon Rex, Maine Coon, for example.
It seems like there is a tendency in cats behavior to be more sociable and integrated to their owner’s life. This could be a natural adaptation of cats due to their indoor life that is completely different to their ancestors’s wild life.
The mentioned breeds love to be close to their humans, they want to be pet, loved and constant attention. And of course, they like to follow their owners everywhere to feel the presence and companion of them.
With breeding techniques and the natural adaptation of domestic felines, they are adopting more each time a behavior that is natural in dogs.
6. Cats follow their owners when they do their daily routine because they also have their own routine.
Cats like most animals are creatures of routines. In the wild, they would have their daily “tasks” to do as marking the territory, hunting a prey, go look for water somewhere, etc. As our indoor cats can’t do these activities because we provide all they need, they look for alternative activities and they adopt them also as part of their own routine. One of those daily activities is following us around the house from one room to the other as if they are patrolling their territory.
7. Cats are not as independent and aloof as they have been portrayed. They follow us because they need our company and affection.
Whether breed or mixed-breed, cats are loving animals that are not aloof as they have been portrayed for quite a long time (if you have a cat you know your kitty needs your love). In the past people used to have cats in villages or farms to hunt and keep rats at bay, they usually would live on the streets, sheds or half indoors. These cats had a very independent life, but now things are not the same.
Now the relationship between human and cats is not based on a rat exterminating function, but for companion and entertainment. We spend way more time with our cats, we train them, love them with no limits and treat them as a member of the family.
All in all, the more time we spend with our cat and the more love we give it, the closest it’ll be with us. This is the main reason for them to follow us, it’s simply love and friendship.
Do you agree with some of these theories? My cat is always following me and she loves taking a nap next to me when I am working.