Why do cats stare out the window?

United States
July 13, 2008 3:44pm CST
Right now, my big cat is sitting on my computer desk and staring off into the distance out the window. What's he looking at? I can't see anything, but he seems very upset by something outside the window. His eyes are small and his mouth is very tight as if he's scared. Maybe he's just contemplating the sky! Have you ever seen your cat stare out the window at some imaginary thing? What are cats looking at when they stare out the window? Is there something out there, I can't see?
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• United States
15 Jul 08
could be a bug,a bat,racoons in the yard..anything. although sometimes i wonder if mine are just messing with me. i'll look out there and see nothing.but then,mine have been known to be entertained by lint falling from the ceiling.
• United States
18 Jul 08
That sounds like my dingbat kitten! She goes nuts over crazy stuff. Today she chased a fly up into the window and caught it. For awhile I thought she'd lost her mind and was attacking the window until I saw the fly in her mouth! At least my house will be pest free!
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• United States
22 Jul 08
oh man..we got a horsefly in the house the other day,and the one went right up the wall after it,i guess they're tasty.my black cat gets some wicked airtime chasing bugs
@Rosekitty (19754)
• San Marcos, Texas
15 Jul 08
Well can't answer for all Cats but when i look out the window its really me admiring myself..LOL..I tend to do all my primping there too..and if i spot another kittycat or a bird then i get really excited.. Silly me!
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• United States
18 Jul 08
You always cheer me up, RoseKitty!
@Rosekitty (19754)
• San Marcos, Texas
18 Jul 08
Of course..PURRRRRRRRRRR and thank you!
• Canada
13 Jul 08
I think that cats stare out the window or the same reason that human beings watch TV. They want to know what is going on in the world. I think that humas can learn a lot from cats. We sped so much time watching the world go by "electronically," being tuned into different cities and even different countries, that we neglect to see what is going on in our own back yard. I think we all need to take the time to join our cats, and stare out the window for a while.
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• United States
13 Jul 08
You have such amazing wisdom today. This is the second time today that I've been amazed by something you've said!
• United States
14 Jul 08
I thought I was the only one who did that.
@pyewacket (43941)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Well since I live on a rather busy block with a lot of apartments, I can't help thinking my cats like to look out the windows just to see other people walking by, or look at a occasional dog walking by with their owner...then of course are birds flying about. My one cat, Pyewacket actually love to watch the rain (or snow)..but a few weeks ago, it was something else. We were having a horrific wind storm here...really bad...Pyewacket got upset and looking out, looking out, looking out the bedroom window...I went to him and looked out the window with him and couldn't figure what was wrong with him--he was really upset--I was a bit upset myself as I noticed what I called the "baby" tree outside my apt window swaying like crazy...never saw it sway like that before....but I think he sensed what was to happen...so I went back to the living room--now my bedroom is really just an alcove with an archway so from the living room where I sit most times I can look right into the bedroom. So he was still sitting in the window while I went back to eat...next thing you know I see something I hoped never would happen....I actually saw that beautiful baby tree come crashing down...for weeks after and even still I'm depressed about it...I saw that tree planted twenty five years ago...so very much a part of my life in a way.....but I think that is what upset Pyewacket so much..he must have sensed it was going to come crashing down.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Cats are extremely psychic! At least they seem to know when disaster is coming. My cats are the same way. My daughter is more like my cats. She has the Sixth sense too. Think she got it from her adopted cat mother.
@ahyi89 (15)
• Singapore
14 Jul 08
They are daydreaming.
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• United States
14 Jul 08
I think that's true!
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@cyberfluf (5008)
• Netherlands
14 Jul 08
I know what you mean, our cats tend to do the same thing. Sometimes they stretch themselves and put their heads to the left or right to clearly get a better view of something, and you haven't a clue what they are looking at. There are also times they look at the window, purring and sitting in the sun with narrow eyes and they seem to be pleased and relaxing, they don't have seem to have a cause looking outside, I guess it's a bit of daydreaming in this case just like we used to do in the classrooms of junior high...
• United States
14 Jul 08
i always called it nature tv. and funny thing is i liked to watch the cat watching outside the window. but i also enjoyed watching the squirrels outside as well.
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• Singapore
14 Jul 08
I think maybe cats got something like the third eyes to help them something humans cant see.you known like some people gt a special eyes which they can see those ghosts or spirits.
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@pinks17 (2192)
• Philippines
14 Jul 08
Hi beautyqueen26. My cat does that.Actually my persian cats do jump to our side table and stand up and pull down some blinds in order for them to peek outside.When they hear something...they peek.I don't know maybe my 2 persian cats were "DOGS" in their past lives.LOL.They are like watch dogs...ooopss...I mean watch cats..LOL
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• Australia
16 Jul 08
I think you are right, there is something out there that you aren't seeing. It is the beauty of life. - all the little details of the leaves moving in the breeze, the bugs crawling about, people walking past, a butterfly on a journey, maybe it is the ant soldiers on their quest for food...... I think that animals notice all the details and when your focus on life was different, humans noticed all these things too. In a way I think this means cats and other animals are constantly learning from the world around them. All this aside, cats also have a mysterious, spirituality about them too - maybe he is looking at spirits and those things usually unseen by the human eye, not meaning to spook you out and all
@ShellyB (5247)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I always thought my cat was looking out through the window as he had found something to fight with. Or really wants out. I am not sure just how much my cat appreciates beauty, all I know is that he loves to get into fights and he loves to eat.
• United States
18 Jul 08
I have seen my cats fixate on objects that are not to be seen with the human eyes. My baby did that when she was in her crib as if there was someone in the room with her that I couldn't see.
@cortjo73 (6503)
• United States
14 Jul 08
My cats get excited about birds and even bugs that they see outside from the window. I have seen them get excited about lizards and worms. Leaves have even excited them in the fall. While you may not have seen anything out there, he probably saw something that made him excited. He has better sight than you do so, he may have seen something in a tree that you couldn't.
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yes he does have better eye sight! He seemed riveted by whatever it was. Then he turned over and went to sleep as if it meant nothing.
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@cortjo73 (6503)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Yup...typical cat behavior. Riveted to Indifferent in record time! LOL!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Hi beautyqueen, did you know that when a cat stares at something, they only focus on the object itself and nothing else? Yup it's true! That's why they knock over so many things because they have tunnel vision when focused on one thing. I heard about this on tv one year and found it really interesting and thought I'd pass it on to you. As to why they stare out the window is because they see something that we don't. Maybe it's something he saw move and that's how it got his attention. Who knows but he's upset because he wants what ever it is he sees. It's his instinct to want it even if he's never had it before. Funny how mother nature works, huh?
• United States
14 Jul 08
Tunnel vision? That does make sense. How interesting! I love trivia like that. He did act as if I was not even in the room with him!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Oh I love trivia too!! I love learning new and interesting things. My mom hates history but I love it!! She says, she can't help what happened yesterday... lol Well I enjoy reading about it and trivia is part of history!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
14 Jul 08
My cats are perched in windows all over the house. The funny thing is when they "bark" at a bird or squirrel. I think they see birds, other cats, and all sorts of critters that we just don't pick up on. I have a huge screen porch here and I let my cats out there all the time. Some of them who choose not to come in at night get to sleep out there. I keep water and food etc for them. When its really nice here in the winter I'll open the front door and let them come and go in the screen porch. They all love it when I do that, even the dogs also.
• United States
14 Jul 08
Cats are such good company!
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@metschica25 (5413)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Hi My cats always have to be in a window and that is when they are the happiest . They love being on the back porch too . They are indoor cats and I think they know that is the best they will get . I wonder sometimes to what they may be looking at when they seem lost in space . Sometimes , I will see they look at birds , but other times they will make funny noises and I see nothing there . They also love to seem to take naps up in a window . What I dont get is why at night when they come in the bedroom the first thing my one cat does is look out the window for a bit what they heck ya know.
• United States
14 Jul 08
Mine does that too! Especially at night. What is he looking at? There is nothing out there. Though in our neighborhood we do have outdoor cats and lizards, so he's most likely looking at one of those! Thanks for your post.
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
they really like to stay near the window and look outside. i dont know the reason why all i know all cats are like that. my cats are all house cats. i dont let them out of the house.
@ajayrekha (482)
• India
17 Jul 08
I think after eating all the rats in your home, he is looking for some new meals outside your premises. You should take him to walk outside, might be then he stops looking outside window. Just kidding. I think outside windows he can look for people moving ang things like traffic in action. Might be after getting bored inside the home he starts looking outside.
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
yes, most of the time they are in the windows staring and wondering what's outside. my cats are all house cats. i don't let them go out of the house. i don't want them to get dirt. i always sees to it that they are clean and fed well. i always take pictures whenever they are in the windows.
@naseeha (1388)
• India
17 Jul 08
maybe he is waiting for some action . maybe he is bored and is waiting for something to turn up so that he can take part in the action.
@amigula (120)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
hahahhaha , to find their partners outside
@Spider64 (26)
• United States
16 Jul 08
i think my cats looking for her boyfriend lol