Why does my cat walk in front of me, and get in the way?
She does this especially when I'm trying to put food down for her. It's so annoying!
Mine would do the same. I think they don't understand patience and don't realize they would get the food faster if they didn't get in the way.
Cats have no sense of who they are with and even if they did probably would not care one jot! Even if your cat knew the Rules of Being with Human she would flaunt them through the sheer talent of just being so full of herself.
Your cat is thinking - if I show this dumb human (with respect) where my food bowl is they're bound to follow me. If I were to follow them they'd probably get lost being such a brainless species!
Oh no, am I reading too much into this very feline habit? Cats love to rub against a human's legs and I suspect she's merely showing affection by nearly causing you to fall over her!
I think (I'm no animal expert and don't pretend to be) they do that when they're about to be fed, so they're in a hurry and trying to anticipate where the food will be put down (or else they know where it will be put down and are in a hurry to get there, while also wanting to be close the food that you have in your hand - just in case you put it down somewhere else. (lol) ).
I think, maybe, too, though; that when food isn't what's involved they may know that something you're doing will involve them (or at least they plan to have it involve them), but they're uncertain about where you're going and what you're doing. Cats tend to feel least secure when there's nothing (like a wall or a person) in back of them. So, I wonder if, maybe, in the uncertain of "what's going on" and "what we're doing" ("we" as in "they and their person") maybe there's an element to their feeling safest with their person following them, rather than the other way around. And/or, maybe, too, they're just leaders by nature and not particularly inclined to follow behind anyone that they're not chasing. If you think about it, they most often walk next to us or close in front of us. I can't help but think the different may be "the anticipation/uncertainty" factor.
Maybe, too, they worry about being left behind; and they do tend to like to stay close to their person (especially when they know they're involved).
OR, if they're super-, super-, smart; maybe they're not thinking about themselves and their own security/interests at all; and instead, maybe, they're being thoughtful and not wanting to slow us up by trying to guess where "we" (they and their person) are going and getting there early enough to please their person. (Somehow, I think this is unlikely, of course; but I couldn't resist throwing it into my mix of guesses/assumptions.)
Either way, have patience with them. Enjoy how much they trust you and how enthusiastic they are. See it as cute and funny that they do it - BUT make sure you walk very, very, carefully or else they'll end up killing you and themselves when you trip and fall on them, as your face and skull hit the floor
I watched a one-hour show one night on cat behavior and body language; it was most interesting!
Cats "get in the way" because of a number of factors:
- They "mark territory" with their presence. This is why, when you work in the garden, you will find yourself under the watchful eye of your cat, lying down several feet away, or when you are relaxing, your cat is usually close by. She is "marking" you as "hers."
- They will only turn their back on someone they trust. If your cat is in front of you, "presenting butt" as we joke in our house, it means your cat trusts you.
- They are very smart and can anticipate routine. The promise of a much-desired treat (whether food-related or not) will get your cat moving out in front of you to where she knows the pleasure will arrive.
Yes, it can be annoying, but knowing why they do this can go a long way to being able to tolerate it.
I've had two cats.
My first darling used to trip me. Yes trip me.
This one runs n front of me and stops on a dime.
She does it to get attention. Because then she rolls on her back as if to say " I'm so cute so how can you get mad at me."
I think they are trying to tell us they will be seen and stepped on.
As I say: " Go on you know you will get stepped on."
Or maybe the don't have a reason.
maybe she thinks you're leaving and she does not want that and that also means she loves you
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