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This Is Why Your Cat Stares at You

A multi-colored brown, gray, and white cat's paws and legs are shown as it sits on a hardwood floor.
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If you have a cat, there’s a good chance you’ve caught it sitting on the floor, a shelf, a tabletop, or even on an empty cardboard box staring at you. Turns out, though, your furry friend isn’t plotting your death. There are actually good reasons why your cat stares at you.

Cats have several reasons to stare at you, but perhaps the most adorable one is the staring contest is a sign of affection. PopSugar interviewed Dr. Liz Bales, VMD, who explained, “If your cat has relaxed loose muscles, a loose tail, and is staring at you [while] blinking slowly, they are just connecting with you and showing you affection. You can slow blink back to return the love.”

The most important thing you can do is pay attention to other signs your cat may be showing you as it stares. The outlet also spoke with veterinarian Dr. Jessica Herman who says, “Our furry friends are nonverbal communicators. Paying attention to their body language, daily habits, and behavior is very important in our communication with our pets, and cat staring is typically harmless and not worrisome.”

But if you’re still curious about all the reasons your pet may take time to creepily stare into your eyes, you can check on PopSugar’s other experts for more.

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