Why Do Cats Stare at Walls?

I’ve known a few cats who do this. What’s the big idea, cats? Are you just trying to freak us out?

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Update: Here’s the sketch that led to this cartoon!

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25 Responses to Why Do Cats Stare at Walls?

  1. Faycat says:

    I’m pretty sure my cats and my walls secretly fight, too. That would explain the torn wallpaper.

  2. fiona says:

    I call this cat behaviour ‘pretend ghost’. Cat stares at nothing. You look to see what cat is staring at. Cat continues to stare. You look again, you eventually get a cold shiver up your spine and get freaked out. Cat wins. (Unless you say “You’re playing Pretend Ghost” to cat BEFORE you freak out – then YOU win and cat will walk off in a huff.)

  3. karina says:

    I was just talking lastnight about my cat doing this. He does it in the bath tub or while sitting on the bathroom counter A LOT!

  4. willwot says:

    ninja wall

  5. Wildbird says:

    I guess that tom cats been spraying the wall too many times

  6. Regina says:

    Thank you. I needed a good laugh today.

  7. cboak says:

    Because it’s there.

  8. DoubleJay says:

    They are locating the mice inside the walls.

  9. Kehos says:

    They plan Earth-conquest

  10. tony bond says:

    To get further instructions from High Command?

  11. Linda says:

    my cats will not only stare at the walls, but also attack them! Thanks for the laughs Doug 🙂

  12. Carlos says:

    Maybe it can see “the writing on the wall.”

  13. cleo says:

    Funny! Just last night my cat was staring at the side of the bathtub. I couldn’t see anything though 🙂

  14. Marci says:

    My cat does this all the time!!! Love the cat cartoons.

  15. Sydney says:

    Cats can hear things that we cannot – my cat helped me to discover a rat infestation at my old place by staring at the portions of wall that housed their nests!

  16. Claire says:

    I have decided they are only watching their “floaters.” After I had a torn retina, my floaters have increased in size and number to the point that I have named them and can spend hours watching them, which annoys my cats no end. (What IS she looking at!?”)

  17. Karen says:

    Fiona so has it right!!!
    (Doug, this made me laugh out loud at my desk at work, giving away that I was not looking at a “spreadsheet.” I blame you if I lose my job. 😉

  18. blisschick says:

    One of my cats used to play with the wall, right at the crack where it meets the floor. She took the reason why to her grave, sadly.

  19. Chris K says:

    It is a mystery. You just can’t figure out what a cat is looking at and is so fascinating sometimes.

  20. Brian B says:

    Cats can see through time. They are watching something that was there in the past, or will be in the future, but just happens not to be there right now.

  21. Wildbird says:

    We used to have a siamese cat that would get on the TV and just sit up there

  22. sam says:

    Aliens. They come in thru the electrical outlets.

  23. Destiny Flowers says:

    My cat Rocky actually follows something around Me! That’s kinda unsettling, but then I smile to myself and stand amazed. One more neat thing about him. (^_^)

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