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Why Do Cats Love Computer Keyboards?

It's about more than finding a warm spot to nap.


If you’re a cat-owner who’s been working from home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) fears, you’ve probably also been spending a lot of that time gently nudging your feline away from your computer. But what is it about our laptops that are such kitty-magnets to begin with?

The most obvious answer is that our keyboards are often warm — and the perfect size to become your cat’s personal heated mattress. However, according to pet expert Arden Moore, there’s a little more to it. “Their little inside hunter is watching you, and you’re doing everything a good hunter would do — you’re being very still, you’re not making any noise, and you’re staring intently ahead,” she explained to PetMD. Basically, cats want to know if you’re about to pounce on something and putting themselves in the best position to help you win the fight.

Of course, your kitty wants to be the center of your attention most of (all of) the time, too. What could possibly be more interesting than snuggling up with your sweet furbaby, anyway? We certainly agree with that mindset, but spreadsheets and reports don’t just write themselves — and that’s what pays for all the cat treats your feline enjoys nibbling on, after all. 

It would be nice if we could just explain that to our cats, but they would probably remain just as impatient for affection and curious about what we’re staring at regardless. You shouldn’t ever yell or scold them harshly for getting in between you and whatever you’re working on, just give them a little love and redirect them — or use their presence as an excuse to take a much-deserved break.

It’s important for both you and your furbaby to get plenty of activity while stuck indoors, too. No matter how busy you might feel, try and take five minutes to grab your cat’s favorite toy and chase them around a bit.

Plus, remember that a cat who constantly bugs you is one who loves being around you — so take it as a compliment!

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