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Why Does My Cat Follow Me Everywhere? 6 Possible Reasons

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We love cats for many reasons, from peaceful purring to curling up in your lap when watching a movie. We admire how our cats act and think (most of the time) and stare in awe at their feats of agility and silliness. If you love cats, you also know that many will follow you everywhere you go, including around your house and, if they’re outdoor cats, around your yard and your block!

Why cats do that is a question many pet parents have asked, and the answer, like everything about cats, isn’t always easy to pinpoint. Cats follow their owners around for a variety of reasons. Below, we’ve gathered fascinating information to shed some light on the subject. If you’re curious why your cat follows you everywhere (and when it might indicate a possible health issue), read on, cat fancier!


The 6 Possible Reasons Why Your Cat Follows You Everywhere

There are several reasons why your cat might be following you everywhere you go inside or outside your home. Below are the most common reasons, with an explanation as to why they occur.

1. You’ve Adopted a “Velcro Cat”

The nickname “Velcro cat” has been around for several years and refers to a cat that sticks close to you. Although many cats like to follow their owners, Velcro cats form a deep bond with their owners and stay close by no matter where or what they might be doing. Some of the breeds that are considered Velcro cats include the following:

  • Maine Coon cats
  • Ragdoll cats
  • Siamese cats
  • Sphynx cats
  • Persian cats

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2. Your Cat Is Extra Curious

We all know that cats are curious creatures that will often get into trouble. If your cat is following you closely while you’re doing something, it may just be that they’re curious to find out what it is. This is one of the most common reasons a cat will follow you everywhere you go and one that has the least cause for concern.

3. Your Cat Is Being Territorial

Cats, like dogs, have a particular area they consider “theirs.” In most cases, that territory is your entire home, or it might be your cat’s litter box, eating area, or play area. If your cat is following you closely, they may be monitoring what you’re doing in their territory.

This isn’t a problem, per se, but it could become one if, for example, your cat starts attacking, hissing, or scratching you when you enter their territory. Talking to a feline behavior specialist might be necessary if your cat seems aggressive when you enter their territory.

4. Your Cat Is Bored

A bored cat is the last thing you want in your home because bored cats, like bored dogs, can become destructive. The best way to prevent this is to give your cat more attention and play with them daily. Adopting another cat so your pet has someone to play with might also be a good idea. Cats, as we know, are very social animals, and having a companion to be social with can prevent boredom and the destruction it often produces.

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5. Your Cat Is Hungry

Another reason your cat will follow you everywhere you go is when it’s hungry. Hunger is one of the main driving forces behind what a cat does all day. Knowing that you are the source of food (especially for an indoor cat), it’s no surprise your cat will follow you until you feed them.

6. Your Cat Wants Attention or Wants to Play

Playing with you is something most cats will want to do, but not all cats. If your cat isn’t hungry, curious, or territorial, wanting to play with you is likely why they’re following you all over the house. If you have the time and energy, it’s best to stop whatever you’re doing and give your precious pet the attention they crave.


Why Do Cats Follow You Into the Bathroom?

You might have noticed that your cat only seems to follow you in specific areas of your home. The kitchen is kind of a no-brainer since your cat knows where their food is. The bathroom, though, is a little bit more perplexing until you consider what it offers your cat.

First, the bathroom contains interesting items, including running water, rolls of toilet paper, nice-smelling soap, and towels everywhere. There’s standing water in the toilet, and even though most cats don’t drink it like dogs do, they sometimes play with it. Also, since cats love to climb into and nap in small spaces, the bathroom sink is practically irresistible!

Should You Be Concerned About Your Cat Following You Everywhere?

In most cases, a cat that follows you everywhere is no need for concern. However, if your cat has never been clingy but suddenly starts, it might be something to look into. For example, there might be something causing your cat stress or anxiety, like a new dog in the neighbor’s yard. It could also be a sign that your cat has an underlying health issue.

If your cat has never been clingy before and suddenly starts, contact your veterinarian for a full examination. If it is an underlying health issue, the sooner you go to the vet with your cat, the better.

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Final Thoughts

Most of the reasons your cat might be following you wherever you go are innocuous and not a cause for concern. Your cat is likely hungry, bored, or wants to spend time with you, all of which can be easily remedied. However, if your pet suddenly begins following you around, make an appointment with your vet to ensure your cat is okay.

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