Do you suffer from cat interruptions? Does your cat sit on your computer while you are working? Or on your newspaper while you are reading it. Or perhaps he starts talking to you, loudly, when you are on the phone. These could be described as cat interruptions.
What is the reason?
There are probably two or three reasons:
- The computer is warm. Cats like to be on or near warm objects.
- You are on the computer and he wants to be near you. The computer might be in the way. For a cat it is just an inconvenience.
- I find that my cat actually quite likes hard surfaces sticking into him. For example he will put his bum next a sharp edge of the computer. It looks uncomfortable to me. Or he will lie across cables. He likes lying on cables.
There is something happening if he likes lying on lumpy surfaces. Something in the wild cat ancestry. It might just simply be that cats in the wild lie on rough surfaces. Humans like smooth, soft surfaces. Domestic cats like both and are more tolerant in my opinion of certain kinds of lumpy surfaces or like them.
It is said that cats want to get your attention. So sitting on a newspaper that you are reading is a way of stopping you reading and interacting with him instead.
I am not convinced about that theory.
The main reasons why cats sit on your newspaper while you are reading it is:
- They don’t recognise that you are reading it and
- It provides insulation and is therefore warm.
- You are close by and he wants to be near you.
It may be he sits on a book or documents. It is all the same.
As for the phone, your cat will hear your voice and think you are talking to him. He will respond if he is used to having a conversation with you. My cat does this. If I am in one room talking and he is in another, he will shout out to me and eventually come into the room and join in.
It may be the case that your cat responds better and interrupts you more when you are talking to someone you know. Your voice is likely to sound more gentle and be similar to the voice you use when talking to your cat.
A cat who interrupts your phone call is not after your attention in my opinion. He thinks you are after attention from him!
What kind of interruptions do you have to deal with?