Why Do Cats Stare?

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Have you ever felt like your cat was staring so intently at you that you felt it bore through to your soul? My cat stares at me as if I am the entire world. I offen wonder what is she thinking, and why is she looking at me like that?

Who really knows what she is thinking? Maybe she wants something or needs me to do something for her? Maybe she is just trying to freak me out?

As animal owners and lovers, we often project our feelings, emotions and behaviors onto our animal friends. It is fun to do and makes animals seem more like us, adding to the bonding experience.

Our cats can communicate with us only through they eyes, body language and meows and whines. We have study our feline companions and try to interrupt what they watch and need from their wordless gestures. Not an easy task.



Yes, I know I am Cute

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Reasons for the Stares

There are many known reasons for cat stares:

  • Intimidation: usually between two cats, the stare down as one cat is asserting dominance as the boss.
  • Wide Awake: ready for action, wants to play.
  • Curious: what you got there, can I have some?
  • Love: that sleepy have awake look that lets you know they feel safe and happy in your protection.
  • Slanting sideways glace: don't mess with me, I might just scratch your eyes out.
  • Beggar: that sad look that is pleaing for food, water or attention.
  • The Hunter: I am about to pounce on that mouse and bring you a present.

Many Moods

Cats have many different stares and looks. It is fun to try to interrupt what they all mean. Here are some of the many glances of my cat and what I think they might mean:

Just what is your malfunction?

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Get me Out of Here!

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The fake sleep

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When are you cleaning my litter box lazy-head?

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Don't look at me right now

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Stop taking my picture and get a life already!

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My ancestors are kings

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Don't you love me?

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Masters of the Subtle Gesture

Our cat friends need us to take care of them. At the same time, they are wild creatures trying to assert their independence. As a result, cats are often aloof and subtle in their demands of us. They are constantly negotiating that delicate balance between needing us and not needing us. As a good cat owner, you have to come to learn the subtle nuances of your special feline friend.

Cats develop their own ways of talking to their owners and asking for what they need by using different stares and meows to communicate their desires. Over time, we come to learn what these slight gestures, glances, nods of the head and meows mean from our cats. In turn, our cats come to learn our ways and how to read our moods - offering comfort just when we need them to. So, when your cat stares into your soul, try to find out what they are saying.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am alergic to cats but that doesn't mean that i don't love them, i do. My sis Mary has a cat that communicates, When she is hungry she goes to the cabinet where her cookies are kept and meows, she also goes to the door and knocks with her paw when she wants to go outside, when she wants to come back in, she does the same. I wish i could have a cat. sigh.. Thank you. Your cat is adorable..


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for reading. Sorry you can't have a cat. You can share mine.


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Chatkath 3 years ago from California

I absolutely love cats too and your hub about cat stares is very creative, since we are forever guessing just what they might be thinking....Your stare reasons are probably pretty accurate, as I am sure that you know your furry friend well! My cat "Baby" died about a year ago at 16 and I have missed her so much that I am hesitant to get another because the pain of losing a pet is so overwhelming.

Enjoyed your hub, rate up and awesome, good job!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Sorry for your loss Chatkath. My cat is actually elderly though she looks young. I am dreading that day. My mom never got another cat (yet) after hers died, so I understand where you are coming from. It is very heartbreaking to lose a pet. I don't know what I will do.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

What a beautiful cat and great job on capturing the looks to match your topic. I remember some of these looks from my old cat. If I had only known then, what you have just taught me now.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

She really gives me certain looks when I take too many pictures of her . . . like I am a crazy person, haha.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Cats are very independent and not loyal to their owners at all. They will only remain where they are happy and their needs are being met. If something displeases them they will happily pack their bags and leave. We will never truly know what they are thinking but they are beautiful, amusing and interesting creatures to have around. Nice hub!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

For sure @Sue Bailey.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It would be so interesting to find out what those looks really mean, but they might just be toying with us sometimes. Great captions with the pictures.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I think my cat toys with me a lot. That is how she gets her kicks. Fakes sick for attention all the time . . .


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compu-smart 3 years ago from London UK

Aww, your cat is beautiful.

When I have visitors around, they often ask me why my cat is staring at them and I say, It's because your staring at him. I then tell them to slowly blink at him while holding the eyes closed for about 1 to 2 seconds. This always stops the cat staring so I think a slow blink is like an acknowledgement or approval of something which I'm still not sure of. ! but it always works.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Neat. I had heard that cats like you to do the slow blink to them because it makes them feel safe.


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Love the photos and captions! My cat is very verbal and has been keeping me up this past week, wishing to sleep on the bed. However, she expresses her emotion by urinating on the bed, so she is not permitted entry! This makes for a very stressful situation... She is relentless. But when she disappears for a few days, I worry about her. Hmm... can't win with cats.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Your cat sounds like she is being stubborn. They want what they want and now.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I love cats, and totally know what you mean. Our cat used to sit and stare at us for ages until she went to the door and patted the handle! lol! I got the idea then! lol! loved the photos!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks Nell Rose. That is too funny about your cat, guess she was like you dummy open the door now!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

As a cat lover, I have seen my cats stare, but never thought about the reasons. This is an interesting read.

I loved your pictures.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks @vinaya ghimire.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

It's nice to know there's a reason why cats stare! I enjoyed the photo gallery of your kitty. Although I always had a cat growing up, as an adult I don't have a place for one. Still, I enjoy my father's and grandmother's cats and often notice them staring...maybe more for attention than anything. This is useful and cute. Thanks!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks so much for reading.

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