Why Does My Cat Stare At Me?

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Cats seem to always be watching. It makes us wonder why does my cat stare at me all the time? Don’t let that intense stare worry you! While your cat might always be following you with their eyes, always waiting, and watching with an intense stare, there is always a pretty simple explanation.

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It can be a bit creepy at times. Turning around to see your kitty on the floor across the room just watching with an intense stare. Most of the time that’s the only thing they’re doing. Simply watching. A little scary right?

Personally, I’m not super bothered by this behavior. Usually I just raise my eyebrows or wink at my cat and she goes back to whatever she was doing before. Though, making eye contact with a cat sometimes feels like someone is gazing deep inside your soul. I can see why some people are a bit put off by it.

A cat staring at you can mean a couple of different things, depending on the circumstance. Once you understand the normal triggers that will keep your cat’s gaze locked in on your, you’ll be able to understand and bond with them better.

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5 Reasons Your Cat Stares at You

1. Your Cat Might be Hungry

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Cats are ultimately driven by the same things as every other life form. Namely food. If your cat is starting at you, especially if they’re sitting next to their food bowl, it may be that they’re hungry.

Check their food dish to make sure that they have food if you free feed your cat. If you feed your cat on a schedule and they’ve begun staring at you it may be approaching feeding time. Or perhaps you forgot to feed them… Get on that!

2. Your Cat May Be Showing You Affection

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Is this how cats show affection? Yes, if your cat is giving you a long stare and is relaxed they are probably trying to tell you that they’re happy.

I also find that if you’re sitting down somewhere and they are sitting on the floor near you looking at you, they’re probably going to occupy your lap soon. Cats use a lot of different methods to try to get attention, and staring certainly is one of the ways they try.

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3. Your Cat is Curious

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If your cat starts watching you doing a task, they’re probably curious as to what you’re up to. They can hear what you’re doing, and maybe smell what you’re doing (cooking or something of the sort), but they can’t see exactly what your hands are doing. So they stare at your face, looking for clues.

In this situation they’d be trying to figure out what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. And also why you aren’t paying attention to them! You can ease your cat’s curious mind by showing him what your hands are doing. If you’re chopping vegetables, show him the vegetables.

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4. Your cat might be angry

A tense body language is indicative of a cat that is about to attack. A cat that is upset will exhibit telltale signs, like pupil dilation, ears turned towards the threat, a stiffer body and an agitated tail that’s swishing side to side.

When a cat gives you that body language and direct eye contact, it’s a potential threat and signal that they need some space. In this case, the best thing to do is avert your eyes and distract your cat with another activity to add some space between you two.

5. You cat might be scared

If your cat is crouching down with his tail tucked under his body or hiding behind a piece of furniture, this is an indication your cat is fearful. You might have done something loud or out of character that scared or disturbed your cat, or they heard a noise outside.

If they feel threatened or are on high alert, they will stare at whoever is making the noice to keep an eye on the situation. The best thing you can do to diffuse the situation is to calm down, stop making the noise, and calm your kitty by giving him treats.


Your cat staring at you intently is completely normal. Usually it’s a good thing, they’re telling you that you’re their favorite human and are paying attention to you. Make sure your cat has everything they need, and then give them attention and pets.


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