Why Does My Cat Follow Me Everywhere?

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Cats are notorious weirdos, but adorable ones. One of their many cute but weird behaviors is following their owners around. Why do they do this?

It turns out your cat may be following you around for a variety of reasons.

Companionship

Your cat may simply enjoy your companionship. Aw! This is an adorable sign that your cat loves you and feels bonded to you.

Hunger

Does your cat tend to follow you closely around dinnertime? She may simply be making sure she doesn't miss out on the moment you crack open the cat food can.

They need your help.

Similarly, your cat may follow you if she has a need or is in discomfort or pain. If she is following you around while meowing, that may be a sign that she needs some assistance.

Curiosity

Cats are naturally curious creatures, as well as visual hunters. They like to keep tabs on what's going on, and following us around is an easy way to accomplish that.

Patrolling their territory.

Wild cats patrol their territory several times a day to scent mark it as well as to keep potential intruders away. If your cat tends to rub their face against you or the furniture as they follow you, they are likely patrolling.

Boredom

Understandably, indoor cats can get bored easily, as they have limited entertainment resources. You're probably fairly entertaining, plus there's always the possibility of getting food from you, so what do they have to lose?

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Keep in mind that your cat may follow you for any combination of these reasons. With so many cat behaviors, context clues are important. If your cat seems bored, try playing with her more frequently throughout the day — cats need at least 15 minutes of play per day, but you should increase that amount if your cat is showing signs of boredom.

In any case, being followed by your cat is a sign that they enjoy your company, so take it as a compliment!