Felines have a reputation as being independent animals but most socialized domestic cats will actively seek out companionship.
Here are some of the reasons why your cat likes to be near you.
Your cat likes you
The biggest reason your cat seeks your company is simply because they like you. Cats need affection and a social connection from their owners. As their caregiver, cats will instinctively gravitate towards you.
Cats will often seek out their favorite human and sit on or near them.
Being near you makes your cat feel safe
As their caregiver, you are also viewed by your cat as their guardian. Stray and feral cats will often form colonies for food and protection. In the home, you are considered your cat’s colony.
Your cat is curious
Cats love to inspect new things and places. Your cat may hover around you when you are building furniture or doing something new simply because they are curious.
If you have a room that you keep closed, your cat will naturally try to open the door and enter the room anytime it’s open. We keep our office door shut most of the time and one of our cats beelines towards that room anytime the door is left open.
Your cat wants something from you
Cats will also start hovering when they want something from you. You may notice your cat lurking around you when it gets close to their mealtimes. Owners often complain about their cats waking them up early in the morning seeking food.
You’re not feeling well and your cat wants to comfort you
Some cats have an extraordinary sense of empathy and can be far from the aloof animals some people believe that they are. I had a white cat who wouldn’t leave the side of anybody or animal in our house that was sick.
Many cats will approach their owners when they sense they are upset or angry and provide comfort in their own cat way.
Cats can have a positive effect on the emotional wellbeing of pet owners. Various studies have concluded that cats can decrease the negative emotions and stress of their owners.  As well, research has found that cat ownership is linked to a positive effect on brain health in humans.
You’re a warm spot for your cat
Every year when the weather starts to turn colder, my cats start to seek out my lap a lot more often. Cats have a higher thermoneutral zone than humans and like the air temperature to be between 86-97 Fahrenheit.
When it starts to get colder, cats will seek out sources of warmth such as on top of radiators, in front of heaters, your lap, or on top of keyboards.
Your cat has separation anxiety
If you’ve been away on a trip or have been gone longer than you normally do, your cat may hover around you when you return. Cats can experience separation anxiety when their caregivers are away.
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