If you have a cat, then you might have come across this scenario before. After having a filling snack, your cat goes to lay down on its cat bed. But before that, it goes to its cat water fountain and gulps down a bit of water. It then suddenly starts to stare at you, deep into your eyes with no blinking at all. The question then comes up, why do cats stare at me
Why do cats stare at me?
There are a couple of reasons why cats stare at their prey, their toys, their food, and their owners. The main reason why cats stare at their owners is because they want entertainment.
In the example shown above, the cat just finished what it had to do and now it is bored. So, it is now staring at its owner to see what interesting thing the “human” will do.
Another scenario is if the cat wants attention, food, or water. It will make a “wanting” kind of look with its eyes. Its purpose there is to try and persuade you to do something for them.
So, to sum it up, there are two types of stares that cats give
Two types of stares
- I want entertainment
- I want something from you
If your cat is staring at you, there is nothing for you to worry about. You can even have a staring contest with your cat.
In human society, staring down someone is considered rude. However, staring a cat isn’t a problem because cats do it as they use it as a form of communication (imagine cats sitting on windows and staring at a cat across the street).
Cats do like to stare down their prey so that they can pounce on it at the right moment, so you might have to worry about it if your cat licks their lip while staring you down! (joke intended)