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My cat follows me around everywhere — why?

Does your cat follow you around? Do you think that cats should be independent and following out of character? Personally, when a cat follows me around I never complain – I take it as a complement. It does take some explaining though.

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Once, the world was full of farm cats. Most cats – even ones of a non-working variety – lived outdoors and mostly spent their lives hunting and exploring. At bedtime wives would ask husbands, “Have you put the cat out for the night?” Curling up in front of a roaring fire in winter would be a luxury for a cat, like winning a feline lottery. These cats would never have time to pussy-foot around following you. My cat follows me around? It never happened.

Nowadays cats live increasingly indoors. Cat breeds have changed too. The most common adjective for many of the new pedigree breeds is doglike. Breeds described this way include Siamese, Savannah, Chartreux, Siberians, Turkish Angora and American Bobtails. Many people go out of their way to find cats that will talk and interact with them. For these cats ‘following’ is perfectly normal behaviour. Looking at some pages from the Cat Fanciers Association I found the following descriptions:

Exotic: They will, however, quietly follow you from room to room just to be nearby.

Ragdoll:  They run to greet you at the door, follow you from room to room, flop on you, sleep with you, and generally choose to be where you are.

Sphynx:  They have an abundance of energy and mischief and are always with you, on you or showing off for you.

Siamese: They are the quintessential “people” cat, for they love to be in your lap, on your bed, at your table–and in your heart!

One of my Korats did even better than follow me around. She would jump on my shoulder and stay there for hours wherever I went. I would walk outside. Total strangers would shout “what kind of parrot is that”. That’s how Hattie first became a neighborhood celebrity. My cat follows me around? She did much better than that.

My cat follows me around: sometimes it’s not even my cat.

Sometimes some perfectly strange cat just takes a liking to a person and starts following them around. The more the person ignores them the more the cat follows. That is, mostly likely, a natural feline response to being ignored –

But why is it my cat follows me?

There is no obvious reason to think it’s natural instinct. The commonly held view is that in the wild they hunt alone. Their social life is restricted to sexual encounters and sniffing territorial boundaries. It’s often observed too that feral cats are very cautious of each other when coming together to be fed as a group.

Another argument is that domesticated cats remain kittens and kittens follow their mothers around. This might be a good argument if it was true but, though often claimed, many experts now think this notion quite wrong.

More likely cats are far more social than many of us actually think. Compared with dogs of course cats are very different and don’t live in packs, yet the more experts look into it the more they uncover examples of strongly social behavior.

Kittens at the picnic

Very often in colonies of cats, for instance, the females will team-up when they give birth. Kittens can drink the milk of any female in the team.

There are also examples of domestic cats working together to hunt: one cat flushing out the mice, for instance, while the other does the catching. Then there is the fact that cats rub-up against one another and share their scent as well as choosing to sit close to favored buddies. This all shows sophisticated social interaction and the need for companionship, rather than a solitary lifestyle. Naturally, some cats may be more sociable than others and we may tend to increase the general level of sociability through selective breeding.

My cat follows me around everywhere. Does this apply to you? Please use the comments to tell me what breed your cat is and whether it follows you around.

 

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  1. My cat is a 2 year old Burmese that we have had since he was 10 weeks old, and he follows us around so much, we have nicknamed him Shadow

  2. My cat is a Birman. She follows us all around and today greeted my son with a kiss when he came home. She is a finalist in the National Cat Awards next Thursday!

    • I have a Birman too Jayne, and was told they are “The Original Velcro Kitties”. Mine follows me everywhere. . .bathroom, closets, shower. . . everywhere. He eats when I eat, uses the box when I’m in the bathroom, drinks when I drink. . . I often wonder how he survives when i go away overnight! Miraculously he’s still alive when i get home! :))))))

  3. I have a 14 week old kitten, Merkin, who follows me round and I have to be so careful as I’ve stood on his tale a couple of times and he has tripped me up lol! He’s a British Shorthair and is nuts but also very loving and affectionate when not in crazy kitty mode :-) x

  4. I have 5 Siamese cats and have lived with cats most of my life. I do not find them to be solitary creatures at all but playful. Cats in pairs are always better than cats alone, especially in a household where one cat becomes easily bored. They love to wrestle. My 5 cats at home are often found together sunning on a windowsill, or playing in the house. They migrate with the people in the household except when they want quiet sleeping time. Certain cats will bond with certain members of the household. There is a hierarchy as there is with dogs where the alpha cat takes the lead. This is similar to a pride of lions in many ways. They are not particularly solitary. The outdoor cats in the neighborhood also fight for territory and some wrestle and make friends with each other and are often found together. Cats certainly have individual personalities, even among a similar breed. Some are more vocal, some are more playful, but all of them are wonderful creatures. The behavior of the housecat is so similar to the great cats. I have lived with cats for so long, that when I was at the zoo a few years back, I saw a tiger relaxing in the sun, and as he looked at me, I could tell he was content and I did the “blink” (which cat owners will know well) that signifies a sense of peacefulness and contentment, and to my surprise he did the blink right back at me, the same way that my own housecats did. Once you have fallen in love with cats, you can never go back. The best sound machine in the world is the sound of a purr against your cheek.

  5. I have 2, four year old spayed females. One Bengal and one Abyssinian. I can’t go anywhere without it being a parade, and the only time it bothers me, is when doing laundry as I’m terrified one will get curious and end up locked in one of the machines without my knowledge.

  6. P.s. I once had a Siamese cat (Count Vladimir von Pisky–don’t ask) who would howl if he was separated from his people. A shut door was a no-no. He would even play soccer when kids would play outside and was known to actually come into the bath and sit on the bather, not to mention give kisses since he was a kitten at the Humane Society. He helped me survive through a divorce and was always my companion and had a piece of my heart. This extraordinary cat, when he was 11, made friends with my neighbors many years ago after I got remarried and when my children were very little, and he bonded with this couple. When the neighbors moved, they begged me to take him with them. It broke my heart to separate from him, because he had been my baby for so long, but their household was quiet and adult, and mine was noisy with young children, and I knew he loved this couple, so I let him go with them. He moved to San Francisco and became a sailing cat, lying on the deck of the couple’s boat. Years later, the husband came down sick with prostate cancer and was bedridden for 3 months. The cat never left his side and was his companion through all the recuperation. People seldom give cats credit for the extraordinary creatures they are, not only living works of art, but more, even, with a heart and compassion, always knowing when to comfort the ones they love. He has probably passed by now, but I will never forget him, and I have never found another cat quite like him. RIP Vladimir. You will always be loved.

    • What a beautiful story of true, unselfish love. You did what was best for Vladimir, and you have to wonder whether he had some sense that he had a higher calling when he befriended the couple next door.

      I recently went through major surgery, and my heart cat, a shaded silver Persian old lady cat, was my constant companion, always on me or sleeping next to me. Within a month of my recovery, her health went into a slide, and we by mid-Spring, we were dealing with end-of-life issues.

      I was able to get her comfortable, stable and eating on her own through the summer, and she spent many a morning sunbathing on soft towels in my bedroom window. But as fall approached, it became clear it was time for my girl to cross the Rainbow Bridge. I have to wonder if she staved off her own decline because she knew I needed her. Amazing how that works.

    • Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have a Turkish Angora that follows me all over the house, except when he is sleeping. From the moment I get up in the morning, “Scooter” is there to greet me. He is also a very loving cat that loves to get on my lap when I’m on the couch. I also used to have a Maine Coon named Cujo (the one in my profile pic) and he used to follow me around too. They both like to talk too. They had very similar personalities. Cujo passed away in December, and I adopted Scooter in February.

    • Hi i have a maine coon named strider and i like to know what other behaviours your maine coon did. mine is like part dog i swear and he loves to dig at papers and be in boxes
      sleeps with me and follows me
      Elise

  8. I have 3 cats, none of which is a special breed. They are just wonderful “mixies”; however, the tortie does follow me around and stays close to me whenever she can …. She also talks to me and that is why I adopted her. She even yells at me once in a while!! (hate to say it, but she learned that from me)
    The other 2 are black and they both have a certain amount of love they need to give and to receive.

    • I have 2 cats and they are not any special breed either. One is a Torti and the other is black also (male). They both follow me around the house. If I am upstairs they are on either side of me in the bed. If I go to the bathroom, the black one sits at the door. If I go down stairs, they both come trotting down there also. I just think they are very spoiled kitties!!! lol lol I give them lots of affection and I think they like being close because they know they will always get attention.

  9. We have 2 singapura’s brother and sister, they follow us around everywhere, Budi (the male) likes nothing better than jumping on your shoulder while we are pottering around the house, oh and they both talk incessantly and are extremely inquisitive, but do not like strangers that much especially children, they run away and hide if any of our freinds with small children visit, but are fine once the children are older.

  10. my cat lewis follows me to the shops and back and also has taken walking to the bus stop with me and waiting till i get back from work to walk home with me xxxxxxxxxxx

  11. Debbie Cross Carter

    I have a domestic long haired kitty(16 yrs young) she follows me everywhere,sleeps with me and can you believe my daughter(12yrs old)is jealous of my kitty…

  12. My kitty Hannibal follows me, sleeps with me and meows loudly when I step out of the house. He will sit at the door and meow until I come back in if I step out on my porch for just a few minutes. He’s almost 6 months and he is the most precious kitty i have ever had the joy of owning,

  13. My 12 year old domestic short-hair and 7 year old Siamese grew up as only cats until I adopted the Siamese a few months ago. After a just a couple weeks of establishing the hierarchy, they now both follow me around, and if I’m sitting often follow each other around. They both greet me at the door when I arrive at home. They take turns sitting on my lap when I’m awake, and I often wake up to both of them sleeping on me at night! I now have double the snuggle!

  14. My 8 year cat (she is from a shelter not sure what she is other than long haired domestic) follows me everywhere. If I sit down, she has to be on my lap and if I get up and move to another room she runs after me and wants to sit on me again. Sometimes when I’m standing up, she even and stands on her hind legs and cries so I can pick her up. Its SO cute! I have another 8 year old cat (short hair domestic also from a shelter) who is more of the “I like to be where you are” but not to the extent of the long haired one. He’s really not into being pet but likes to sleep next to me right on my pillow. He’s also sits no the sink when I’m in the shower and looks at me which is creepy but kind of hilarious.

    • Hi, I’ve just read your comment I have a 16 week old long haired black and white kitten, I have 2 dogs 3 kids 2 fish and a partner lol, I’ve never owned a cat before , but I can’t move for her whether in the bathroom or kitchen she meows after me, but it’s only me can you offer some advice please.

  15. KiKi follows me down the street when I go out. This is somewhat of a hazard, due to main roads and a train station. I’m assuming – due to the way she does it – that it’s down to separation anxiety. It’s not like *accompanying*, more following, darting ahead, skitting about, not looking for fuss but seemingly quite freaked out. Sometimes she’s more sneaky and slinks along behind parked cars – where I can’t see her when it’s dark, so I don’t know she’s there. She once gt all the way to the [alarmingly busy] high street before I knew and I had to pick her up and carry her. It’s all a bit of a worry. She’s maine coon mixed with tabby.

    • Please keep Kiki in the house! Would you let your toddler follow down the street?

    • I agree. My sister owned a cat names Squishy ( seriously) who did the same thing. I always tried to convince my sister to not allow him out. One night Squishy did not return home and he was found later and had been hit by a car. Sad but true :(

  16. My 3-year old, Poppy, is a shorthair bullseye tabby and white moggy with a compact muscular body. She was around a year old when I adopted her. She had already had 6 kittens and been abandoned before I took her on. From the beginning, she had a perky personality, was a keen hunter and was also completely bonkers but she was quite shy and it took some time for her to have full confidence in me and to be open and trusting. She’s still very independent and doesn’t take to being diverted from her chosen course but she has always followed me around. She likes to know where I am so, if she has been out, the first thing she does, after a stop at her scratching post, is to check which room I am in. Then she is happy to settle down for a nap. If I go out round the small enclosed estate, more often than not, she will follow me, so much so that it is a standing joke among my neighbours that where I go I am followed by my shadow. Once she knows where I am going, she will often go off and do her thing but she likes to keep tabs on me.

  17. My 7 year old Tabatha is a pure moggy, and she follows me around for attention. She’s not bored, as she has access to the world whenever she wants it. When outdoors she likes grass, earth, bushes, trees, mice, birds etc . She has her sister, Morgan, for companionship and Morgan doesn’t bother to follow me around. They have different personalities, as do all cats. Tabatha also loves to perch on my shoulder. I am a tree, obviously!

  18. I have a 2 year old flame point ragdoll. I have had cats in the past and I must say my ragdoll is the first that I can truly say is doglike. He follows me eveyrwhere. He sleeps with me, we watch TV together. It is truly funny. I loved all my cats DEARLY. But, this one is a velcro cat.

  19. My cat sagwa is a mix but she looks like a seal siamese, she follows me from room to room, she sleeps with me, if she wakes up and does not see me she meows till i answer her, cannot go to the bathroom by myself, she does not like shut doors, she sits in my lap or on my chest/stomach when i am laying down, and if i leave town she meows till shes hoarse and gets all depressed till i come home.She loves me and i love her.

  20. I have a Russian Blue called Willow, she is always at my side. I was beginning to think there was some insecurity issues.

  21. My cat is an Abyssinian/Mackerel tabby mix, he was originally a stray I took in after I got screwed over by a sphynx breeder. He follows me everywhere in the house, when I leave my room for even just a second, he follows behind me like a little baby duck. He seems to really enjoy house music xD I think it’s nostalgic for him<3

    I'd panic so bad if he ever followed me out of the house… .___.;

  22. My kitty, Jackie, is a domestic short hair she follows everywhere I go even the bathroom. If the door where I’m at is close she will begin to meow until I or someone else opens the door for her.

  23. I have a 7yr old boy feline cat he follows me from the time I enter the house & lay down that’s when he lay down I take a shower he lay or sit in the bathroom I close him out he lay in front of the bathroom door, he attacks my twin sister he just drive me nuts but I love him so much!

  24. I have an 8 year old korat that follows me almost anywhere I go. He responds to his name and even sits outside of the room that I’m in if I shut the door. My favorite part about him is when it’s bedtime and my other cat is cuddling up to me to sleep, he’s sitting by the door guarding the room. :)

  25. littlemisssunshinehk

    I have two kittens (coming up for 6 months old) called Bella and Gizmo…they are domestic short haired and were rescued together from street in Hong Kong so don’t have much more info on them than that. They are inseparable and cuddle and play together all day, but if I am home they also follow me all around the house…bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and always snuggle on the sofa with me. I love them and hope they don’t grow out of their loving and affectionate ways!

  26. Last week we got a rescue cat called Henry. We have none of his history or breed but he is beautiful. He usually hides under the sofa unless food is an option but tonight I was home alone and just lay on the floor gently calling him. He came out and sat right next to me. The.even was then spent talking and getting him used to general noises like the dryer and doors shutting. My dad has a rule of no pets upstairs so when I.came to bed Henry tried to come with me. i was genuinely flattered and now I feel bad. He didn’t meow though so I think he is ok?

  27. A bowl full of Peaches

    My maine coon has just followed me and my 5 year old to the end of the green behind our house. It’s about a mile across with a busy road at the end. I was very worried. She was about to cross the road when I scared her back. I love her following but I don’t want her to get lost or used to roaming. We have already had one cat intentionally stolen from us to the point that we had to re-home him. We want to keep our current cats for life if possible so the following is a bit of a worry.

    Our maine coons are called Peaches and Cream. Peaches followed us this morning and waited for me to return. She is currently curled up in the fruit bowl on the table. Hopefully she will always be around to do so!

  28. Norwegian Forest cat, 7yrs, female, spayed.
    Adopted from the RSPCA when she was 33months.
    Meows all the time & fetches toys & brings them back to you. Sleeps on my pillow.

  29. Our family is completed by a gorgeous, personable, highly intelligent, 9 yr. old Maine Coon male. He follows me around with occasional breaks to go check on my husband, after which he returns to my side. He sits at the table when we eat, sleeps with us, cuddles with both of us, and if I close the door to the bathroom when I’m in there, sits and cries on the other side…..I suspect he thinks I have a secret escape hatch in there. He’s a delight.

  30. My cats LOVE to follow me around outside. They often settle in where I am at in the house, too. I enjoy their company.

  31. I have a common moggie called China. She has calico markings and is stunningly beautiful. She not only follows me around, but she tells me when she’s used her litter or if she wants something. She is really affectionate and often puts her paws around my neck and cuddles me. I have Fibromyalgia Syndrome and she is very attentive when I have a flare up and seems to be taking care of me in her own little way. I love her to bits and wouldn’t be without her now

  32. Spinner was my Siamese shoulder cat–died of kidney disease, maybe from Chinese melamine in cat food. I have another meezer with kidney problems now–he sleeps with/on me. I have another Siamese, a girl, who would bite & scratch me for over 6 months before she decided I was her friend–even so, she followed me to keep an eye on me. Now she is the most loving cat ever, a real head-butting purr machine. That’s for anyone who has a less than friendly cat. You can win them over with a lot of love. I have a tuxedo boy who is not happy if he is not on my lap. He may have cancer–if so, it is inoperable, in his nose. I suspect he’s getting comfort altho he does not seem in pain or discomfort. The only symptoms are he keeps a runny nose & his forehead is swollen. But the cat is not losing weight or anything & is constantly perched on my leg.

    • That bump/runny nose could be a lot of things (other than cancer) but all of them likely need a vet. I hope he sees one soon and everything turns out all right.

  33. I have 6 cats and all of them at some point of the day will follow me around the house. 3 of them are from the same mother and will sleep together all of the time. My cats may not be ‘typical’ as they are extremely social, among themselves and the humans of the house

  34. My cats didn’t follow me around, but instead preferred to check on me and visit for a while throughout my waking hours, and sleep near or on me at night. My neighbor’s cat used to like to follow me to the bus stop and wait with me while I waited on the bus for work. More than once the bus driver laughed and told me I forgot something when he arrived and the cat was seeing me off!

  35. I have the most beautiful British Shorthair named GiGi.She is a 3 yr old chocolate colorpoint (looks like a Siamese, but has round head and a “mask” on her face like a flower). She is the greatest company a human can ask for. She goes EVERYWHERE I go. Bathroom, basement to do wash, kitchen to cook, bedtime she goes up to the counter in the bathroom and gets “brushy-brushy”, which is like cleaned up for bed. She sleeps under my arm if I am alone, on my feet or the ottoman at the foot of the bed if my husband is around. She has a designated role for everyone in the family. I am MAMA, get all love, hugs, kisses. She will not eat unless I feed her. My husband is “sugar daddy” (feeds cookies and plays with toys). My sons are playmates. She is very timid around company, hanging around me whining when anyone is over. Boy, can she TALK!! I wouldn’t trade her for anything!! :)

  36. I have several & they all follow me at various times. The most persistent are the coon mixes, the ragdoll, & the Bengal. My Norwegian (passed) always followed me. I can’t sit anywhere without at least 3 of them on me or near me. They even wait outside the shower!

  37. I have 8 rescue cats and although their personalities all differ they all share a common bond with me and will follow me everywhere. I have had family members witness how they will even sit at the door if I leave and wait for me to return.

  38. My Lil Miz Kitty is a beautiful Calico. She showed up one day as a kitten. We took her in and now she is almost 4. She follows us around room to room, sleeps with us and is very loving and very social. She is a very happy girl!

  39. I wouldn’t say my cats follow me around. I would say they escort me from room to room. Toaster gray tabby 8 years old, Shadow black cat 5 years old, Milo orange tabby 4 years old.

  40. Yup…everywhere…like stalkers!

  41. I have two DSH cats. They do not follow me around. I’ve wondered if it was because I adopted them when they were a little older, 6 yrs. They are indoor cats but I made a ‘catio’ for them and all they do all day and all night is cry to go outside. It’s tough. I built the outdoors retreat because my female would trot back and forth for up to 30 mins btwn the living room and bedroom just meowing. No love from these two. That’s ok.

    • James Lautner, Senior Cats Editor

      Valerie, I wrote this only because I had a couple of cats that DID follow me around. I think your experience is more far normal than mine :-) If I was a cat I would want to go outside too. Far more exciting!

  42. I have a beautiful Maine Coon, and what I call “my little alley cat”, whose pedigree is questionable at best. :) The Maine Coon is INCREDIBLY social, not just with his family, but to anyone who visits our household. He follows us around, chirps (a cuter than cute Maine Coon speech impediment), touches us with his paws if he thinks he may be being ignored; it’s pretty sweet. My mixed breed baby, does exactly as he does. She is 2 years old, compared with his 13. Makes me wonder if this is where the expression “copy cat” came from.

  43. My Cat Marmite isnt a pedigree. He follows me around the flat. Unless he is otherwise occupied (staring out the windows or killing spiders), he is either asleep near me. Sittingnext to me looking at the side of my head,gently pawing me for attention, slaying on my lap after a purring-kneeding session, sprawled out asleep on my lap (sometimes with his head curled up into my chest), following me into a room , running ahead of me into a room, jumping out in front of me as i enter a room, pawing at the fridge door, sitting /lay/standing in front of me while i use the loo( sometimes swaying and tapping his side into my leg/ rubbing his head into my feet/ standing his rer legs and tappginmy face with his paw).
    When outside, he follows me about, if i call him he comes, if i walk anywhere he follows- so much so that if i need to walk to the shops, i need to take him in doors to prevent him trying to cross a busy B road with me
    My cat is very routine orintated… wakes early in the morning, wakes me up at about 6.30am, i let him out, he returns about 8.30-9am, eats his food, i go out, i think he sleeps and plays the rest of the day, when i return he is always in the window waiting for me…. as soon as i open the front door, he dashes out and rolls on the patio then dashes off as i go in and do his food. He comes in, east some- hangs around wth me for a while then goes out for about 30 or more, but back no later than 9.30pm. He gets a treat for coming back and then he is around me the rest of the night. Most days he sleeps in the same room as me- mainly right next to me on the bed.

  44. Our cat is a common breed (European) stray. Since we adopted her last year, she has been constantly following me wherever I go and I just feel that she does that because we have developed a very special bond. So, I guess affection is in the character, not in the breed.

  45. I have a female cross breed called Cheryl and she follows me everywhere I go and I don’t now why I have had her for about 5 months I think it’s normal for some cats to follow there owners

  46. I’ve been living with three cats recently, two of them are never around but one of them is extremely friendly towards me. She is fixed, but roams outside and at night when she comes back, she always makes her way to my door and comes right in! She’ll lay next to me purring and laying on her back. She even follows me into the bathroom. The problem is, she’s not my cat and now I’m afraid she’ll start having anxiety when I leave. She doesn’t follow anyone but me! Weird!!!

  47. I have a short hair domestic rescue that I suspect is a spangle mix. Apparently he was found left in a box next to the side of a road. (Although I don’t know why anyone would ever do that!) We adopted him, took him home and named him Twizzler. He loves to talk, gets into everything (even though he knows he shouldn’t) and loves to be in high places. His favourite games involve jumping and playing fetch/chasing balls. He is usually the first to greet me when I get home and then follows me everywhere around the house. He enjoys naps in my lap and only after he realizes I won’t be leaving again any time soon does he wander off to another room. But the minute he hears me move he’s right there wanting to know what I’m doing/where I’m going. Between me and my husband apparently I’m the only one Twizzler gives kisses to. ;)

  48. I have two orange tabbies, both males. They both follow me everywhere. If I go into the bathroom or go outside, they wait by the door for me and greet me when I come inside. Whenever they hear my voice, they run to me. And if I get up, they follow me around and go lay down somewhere near me. They always sleep with me as well. And they like to head butt.

  49. My cat, an 11 year old ginger male domestic short hair followed me 2 blocks up the street yesterday. He started and then I encouraged him…he was like a little dog! I’m thinking of getting a lead with a harness so I can do it again but with more safety as I worried he would roam away and then not be able to return home safely.

  50. I have 2 Somali’s, brother & sister, 8 years old. Zizi is my ‘furry limpit’ she follows and sits with me wherever & whenever she can and has to have a rub down with a towel when ever i get out of the shower. She sleeps curled in my arm every night and purr’s loudly at the slightest bit of attention.
    Genghis has to be wherever we are, but does prefer the bottom of the bed at night, he loves a ‘Genghis Hug’ and purr’s & churipps when he gets one. He does like lying over lap top’s which can make working at home a little tricky…..
    They are both happy to go for a nice long walk with us, no lead required as they have to be near us to see what we are doing. They even followed us in the snow drifts this year while we were digging out.
    They are both used to aquiring lap space, both at the same time, which can get a little uncomfortable as they get a little heavy! They come to call just as any dog would, even if we can’t see them, and greet us happily whenever we return home just because they are glad to see us, no food involved.

  51. Mary Kay Fowler

    cats are wonderful companions!!! My Snowball who lived to be 19 yrs old always greeted me after a day of work like I was gone for yrs!!! Slept with me every night on my pillow & I loved him. I now have 4 cats that are truly wonderful!! I could never be without my wonderful feline friends!! .

  52. I have 4 adorable cats ranging from 2-5 years old, 3 girls and a boy(Delilah, Surprise, Pookie, and K-Nicky) and they follow me around whenever I leave the house.. Here’s some back ground on them if it helps any:
    One cat I received as a birthday present as a kitten(Delilah), 2 were brother and sister (Pookie/K-Nicky) whom my friend found in their garage as kittens and gave to me, they looked about 3 months old and the mother was never found. And one was given to me by my uncle when he moved into his new apartment, she was 2 years at the time(Surprise). They’re all very different looking and all except the one my uncle gave me(she’s a long haired dwarf cat ^.^), have no distinct breed. Just a bunch of mixes. All fixed and 2 of them live outside in the barn.
    But anyway, every time I go outside for anything, Delilah walks around my ankles and Surprise follows behind me. Then when Pookie and K-Nicky notices me they run over as fast as they can to walk with us, Pookie always walking a little infront of me to my right and K-Nicky to my left slightly behind me. Every now and then, he’ll shoot forward, make a circle and go right back where he was before. It’s like this every time. Same positions and everything, same distance apart. When I stop, they stop and sit and roll around, but as soon as I start to walk again they all fall in line. When I’m outside with one of my friends or family and walking around, it doesn’t change. I’m not complaining, it’s just weird and I was wondering if anyone knew why? I feel like im part of a club or something lol

  53. I have a Main Coon type cat (Fifi) who follows me in the street. As first I was a little worried that she might be crushed by a car but she seems to be doing fine. I like going for walks in my neighborhood and I am starting to be known as the women which walks her cat! I can be as far as 1 kilometer out of my house and she is still walking with me!
    I have wondered if this is common because I have never seen or heard of any other cat do that. Fifi also plays fetch with elastic bands….so I guess their might be a bit of a dog in her!

  54. I have a Korat. She follows me everywhere! I can’t even count how many times I almost step on her because she’s always there. So cute! :3

  55. Our family cat growing up would follow my mother around all day while she was housekeeping, greet me and my sister when we came home from school, and make her rounds with all of the family. We grew up thinking cats were evil tools. Blizzie the fat white kitty cat changed my mind forever; now, I prefer to have/own a cat over a dog. Just watching a cat and trying to understand their behavior is fascinating!

  56. I have three cats and the follow me everywhere, to the point it is the joke of the neighborhood. I got to walk the dog they follow behind in a line. I call it the Easter Parade. Go down the street to check on a fallen tree and they’re right behind. One is a black domestic short hair (Lou C. Furr), one is a ginger tabby (Probie) and the other is a Siamese mix (Satori). I notice they follow the dog too but that is mostly the Siamese mix, who will often rub up against and groom the dog. Strangely they don’t do it with any other member of my household.

  57. I got 2 moggies, a brother and sister about a week ago. They are about 3 months old and both follow me quite a lot. When I walk in the door I can call them from their nap and they come running like puppies! Even running upstairs to grab something I find them sitting shyly outside my door waiting for me. If they leave me to go zooming around the house, the girl keeps in constant vocal contact, chirping at me all the tIme. They are so sweet!

  58. I have two American Long Haired cats Bo (3) and JudyCal (1) who follow me everywhere. If I just move..they move. When I use the rest room, they come along sit and wait, when I’m in the kitchen they are behind me. Even when working, they sit on my desk. When I leave to run errands, they are waiting for me at the patio door. Of course they sleep on my bed on their pillows and watch t.v. The younger one always licks on my legs…I love my babies Bo and JudyCal.

  59. My Persian follows me around.

  60. Miss May Ling (our Japanese Bobtail) walks at our side as if she is on a lead, whether she is..or not..She follows me around all over the place and freaks out if someone goes outside and doesn’t take her with them…she is as ‘chatty” as your average Siamese cat is, and I think that sometimes she takes the “Be more Dog” video…seriously..

  61. My little black cat Poppy follows me round everywhere. She was a feral cat who gave birth to two kittens on the streets. She was rescued from the streets along with her two kittens. Poppy and her kittens were full of fleas, sores, and ticks. They were all treated, immunised and mircochipped by vets and Poppy was spayed. The kittens soon found new homes but Poppy was still being cared for by the lady who rescued them. She could not keep Poppy as she already had two cats and 2 German Shepard Dogs. I already had two cats which I got from the Cats Protection League so I was really weary about taking in another cat, but I took two weeks off work and decided I would have her. Poppy was not a social cat and I had to keep her separate from my other two cats for 4 months. She hid in a corner for at least 6 weeks. We very, very slowly gained her confidence by sitting quietly with her for hours on end just slow blinking with her and offering her tasty treats. The first time we heard her purr was just amazing. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. She then started to play with balls and bits of string. She still wouldn’t let us stroke her but it was still amazing progress. Eventually we gained her total trust and she would come and sit next to us and let us stroke her. The next step was to introduce her to my other two cats Pepe and Penelope. Poppy fell immediately in love with Pepe unfortunately the feelings were not reciprocated :( Penelope was totally indifferent!! By this time Poppy was roaming freely around the house when Pepe and Penelope were outside. Anyway to cut a very, very long story short Pepe and Penelope eventually accepted that Poppy was now here to stay. My next step was to get Poppy to go outside to do her poops :) With Pepe and Penelope I got them used to the neighbourhood with cat harnesses. Poppy was having none of this whatsoever. I racked my brains wondering how I could get her used to going outside. I eventually bought an extra large rabbit run, which I put her in and moved it around my gardens over a period of a month. I would then shake a bag of treats and bring her in and give her lots of the treats and cuddles. Eventually after a month of this I decided it is now or never. I let her out the back door on her own. I was terrified that she wouldn’t come back home. She disappeared for at least an hour and I was out of my mind. I need not have worried, my little black cat came straight home when she heard me shouting for her :) She has become the most loving of my 3 cats, she follows me around everywhere and can always be found sitting on the sofa at the side of me every evening :) She is the most amazing little kitty who has ever owned me :)

  62. My orange main coon “Mac” sings in the shower. No kidding. We have large tiled stall showers in our home and sometimes in the evening, he will go into one of the guest room tiled showers and start his singing “show”. It’s really cute. He tries all kinds of tones and I think he likes the sound of his own voice. We have three cats and our other male WAS a feral cat but after seven years of constant attention, he’s the biggest baby in the house.
    He and Mac sleep together, eat together and really have bonded. But, none of the other cats “sing” in the shower.

  63. My cats all follow me around, even when my boyfriend (whom they love) is sleeping and I get up to do something in another room. They all follow me in there and hang out. I think it is an attachment type of behavior. I am essentially their mother. I provide food, soothe and protect them when they’re scared, and will give them tons of affection. Humans become attached to each other when there is a sense of a secure base, especially if someone is deemed “wiser”, and reflect an understanding to them. In a sense, we attach ourselves when it feels like it is essential to our survival. I think this works with cats as well. In fact, attachment theory was partially born from watching animals, so it makes sense to me. Now, if someone would explain why cats love to follow you to the bathroom, that would be great! :)

  64. my five month old kitten Loui follows me everywhere i go, even outside, deep into the woods, he stays within eye sight. and if i go too far he will cry for me. he sits and waits until im out of the shower and sleeps on my head at night. also when im gone for long periods of time and come home he is overjoyed and intensely cuddles me and kneads me with his eyes closed purring the whole time. hes always in the same room as me.. i think it might have to do with the fact that i found him as a kitten in my cellar, and had to bottle feed him for a little while. im his true mommy ?? <3 :D

  65. My birman rescue follows me everywhere. My siamese/ragdoll mix does the same if I’m out of the room for more than 5 minutes. It’s cute but can be frustrating. Sometimes, I just want to use the restroom without two cats staring me down. The birman is also very vocal. If I don’t give him the attention he wants, he complains until I give in. I always thought cats were more independent. I use to have a persian mix and she didn’t care for me very much.

  66. I have a 3 year old Tortoiseshell and she started following me to each room and resting while I worked, ever since I went on a trip for a few weeks while she had other caretakers. She also listens to commands (for the most part); ‘dinnertime’ ‘lay down’ ‘jump up’ and her name of course.. “Dokudami”

  67. My 14 year old Black & White cap and mantle, Frank, has been physically attached to me from the day I adopted him as a kitten. He sat on my shoulder while I watched TV (until he grew too big), follows me wherever I go (he especially enjoys the captive audience when I’m in the washroom) and sleeps on me whenever he has a chance. At times when I’m not able to have him sit on me (if I’m working) he will sit as close as possible and normally make sure part of him is touching me, if even just placing a paw on me. He is my shadow and really he is just a perfect mirror of the love I have for him and the attachment I feel towards him.

    My 10 year old Tortie, Beans, is more of a check-in kind of girl. She comes around to see what’s happening and to have power petting sessions. She is definitely more attached to my hubby and, being quite vocal, I can hear her ‘yelling’ at him when it’s time for her to get her fix. Interestingly she speaks to me more quietly and enjoys my gentle petting but also ‘yells’ at hubby and likes a roughing up from him. She can also frequently be seen petting herself on any and every thing possible, from walls and chair legs, to shoes and remote controls.

    God I love my kitties.

  68. I have two cats, one is a male Hemmingway( he has an extra set of toes. Also I have a female and IDK what she is sorry. Anyway I’ve had my Lillian ever since she was four weeks I had had to wing her off of pets milk…. Yea that was alot of patience. Well as a baby I always held her on my chest at my neck, after 4 months or so she stopped she wouldn’t lay on me any more… Well it kinda made me sad. Well then out of nowhere in this past four days she’s been loving on me and laying on me , not complaining but im wondering if she since im up set over the passing of a recent dog we had or could it be something else. Can anybody explain it to me? Please.

    • It could very well be because you’re upset. Our cats usually ignore me, but if I’m angry or sad about something they’ll often come and sit on my lap.

  69. We have a 10-year-old Maine Coon mix who follows not me, but my wife everywhere. He also comes when she calls him, but not when I do it. I think it’s because my wife is usually the one to put food out, groom him, etc.

  70. My cat Squeaky (5 year old Lynx Point Siamese), follows me around everywhere…whether I’m in the shower (she sits on the edge of the tub), putting my makeup, watching TV, eating or sleeping, she’s there…she talks to us all the time & even answers with her “twitters” :)

  71. Hi I have 2 8 month old Maine Coons, one of them is very independent but another one thinks I am his Mommy, he is the one to wake me up with kisses, follows me always and always next to me which sometimes makes me concerned that he wants something but i cant translate, jumps on my chest (17lb) LoL and wants me to hold him like a baby, closes his eyes when i sweet talk to him always like he needs some loving time, and if I close the doors from him..OMG nonstop scratching at the door … but both of them are not vocal at all… I wonder sometimes if its okay… even when they Meow you can only hear some kitten voice but so quiet … :))) but they do not sleep with me only somewhere close… my boys are very calm .. I got truly lucky :D

  72. My cats are all different mutt types. I have 3 black cats that may be part Bombay, and a ginger tabby, and a torbie mini Maine. They all follow me around! They all talk! They either answer to a whistle, their names, or finger snapping. They follow verbal and visual commands. None of them are related. 2 of the black ones are total parrots, and 1 of those 2 walks like a boss on his leash. They are of various ages.

  73. i have 2 cats one persian and a maincoon (soz for spelling) i like it when they follow me it because it makes me feel that they love me and care, once my persian merlyn she tried to run inside my car but she ended up getting lock in the house and brownie my maincoon she just follows me everywhere.

  74. Hello,

    My cat (Ramona) loves to follow me places and insists on being picked up to be carried. She’s a calico. I’ve noticed when I’m carrying her to random locations and if I look around, she copies me. She enjoys tasting my food. Hanging around me. Waiting for me to get home. She responds to her name. She is much like a dog.

  75. My cat Taz is my shadow. Black, American Shorthair I believe. He knows when I am due home, complains if I’m late or not home at all, greets me at the door, & then follows me when I am home. Even opens the bathroom door. I got him when he was about 2, & we bonded quite quickly after. Love him :-).

  76. My cat Ripley is just a regular street cat, we found her when she was less than a week old, I know she sees me as her mother, and I see her as my daughter :) (well I did bottle feed her and wake up at night), anyways she is 7 months old now, and she follows me everywhere, I read about the teenage stage when they are less responsive and don’t really show affection, but it dosn’t seem to happen with her. I love her!

  77. Hello, my cat is a bombay, he is the most social kitty I have ever
    had ( only to me ) to anyone else not at all, he’s actually been called stuck up
    He’s with me all the time, people say that he thinks he’s a dog.
    He’s always trying to talk to me, when I say something to him he’ll answer me
    Back with his little our talk.
    If for some crazy reason he’s not there all I have to do is call him and he comes running
    He is my true faithfull companion and I love my kitty with all my heart and I know he feels
    The same

  78. My flat mate owns a 2 year old male domestic shorthair, not sure exactly what he is but he’s a handsome young tabby named Felix. For the past week, he has suddenly taken a liking to me. I never have and still, I don’t feed him or encourage him as I know his current behaviour is breaking his mums heart. He won’t sleep in her room and if she tries he gets up and knocks all of her belongings over just to get out and will come to my room. He sleeps on my lap while I watch tv in the living room, he then leaves 10 minutes before I go to bed and jumps on my bed. If I have the door closed and he’s not already in there, he will headbutt my door and meow until I open it. My boyfriend was over and he did this, so I let him in. As my bf and I were talking and kissing on the bed, Felix then got up from his spot and sat himself between us. I really have no idea why he has suddenly started doing all of this and I feel horrible for his mum. Any ideas as to why he is so hellbent on staying with me? Because I am currently in bed and he is purring away on top of my stomach when he normally sleeps at the foot of my bed…

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