Cats and Circles

Have you heard the pun that says ”circles are pointless”?  Well that may be true mathematically, but for our cats circles have a very special and mysterious power. We did a post last year describing how to do an experiment at home with your cat to test the theory that a cat will be drawn to sit inside a circle (see original post below under Trick Your Cat to Stay in a Circle).

Since then many of our readers have tried it and the vast majority found that it worked. We then asked some of of favorite paw pals to show us their unique circular style…ENJOY!

Let’s kick off the feline festivities with these handsome fellas… @meowing_mick (left) and @ronaldotuxedo (right)

Check out @gobo_tomcat (left) and @tuxedotrio (right)

Enjoying a chin tickle is @graveskullthepersian (left) along with @furryboy.leo (right)

The video below is the uber lovable @atchoumthecat showing us his inner circle technique!

Some tuxedo style circular classiness courtesy of @lillmanlulu_luigi_and_co (left) and @millie_the_cat_adventures (right)

More cuteness below with @deziandroo (left) and @booboo_poppy_meeka (right)

And now to double the circular cuteness factor we have @themainecoonlife (left) and @ladylolathecat (right)

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Sleek and sassy Meeka (video) barely waited for Mom to finish her circle and then settled in comfortably. So cute!

And proudly honoring the circle tradition are @tony_bologna_cat (left) and @adventuresofotitis (right)

cats trapped inside a circle

Of course there are always challengers who refuse the magical draw of the circle. Enjoy these two munchkin cuties @katieandfrankie who clearly play to their own drummer!  >^..^<

Enjoy even more feline eye candy with these two stunning furbabies @otisandjr (left) and @wynneycat (right)

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In great circular form below we have @arizona_the_kitty (left) and @millie.poo_and_maybel_too (right)

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Watch the hilarious antics of these two sassy and stunning Russian Blue sisters @xafiandauri

Rounding things out we have @jones_fids (left) and @siberian_monkeys (right)

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And battling it out for circular supremacy are @patrickcatson (left) and @the_meow_sisters (right)

Rye (below) from @oliveandrye demonstrated real catitude in this epic circle fail (below) but was a total success in the adorable category!

And not to be outdone we have @vivipet_usa (left) and @sphynxloverlove (right)

Adding to the circular beautification we have @shadow_scuba (left) and @therealpercythepersian (right)

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Stunning circular cuteness courtesy of @libbyjoykitty (left) and @lefusadi (right)


Rounding things out with even more cuddly circle cuteness are @xoxolandia (left) and @myfourcatsdesigns (right)

cat sits in tape circle

Rounding things out in true cat couture style we have @squirrelbuddha (left) and @freakmeowtcatnip (right)

This is feline like we’re going in circles with @derthecat (left) and @sam_en_sita (right)

Circling their own unique style, we have @fransvischer (left) and @minos_achilles_atticus (right)

We hope that you’ll give it a try and share your experience with us. Just drop us a comment in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below.

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INSTRUCTIONS: Trick Your Cat to Stay in a Circle

Here’s all you need to do:

  • Make a circle on the floor out of masking tape, or for that matter, anything else (a rope, a belt, an extension cord, etc.) and then wait for your cat to come prowling on over
  • Watch your cat look at the circle
  • Wait 30 seconds and you’ll probably see your cat sitting in the middle of the circle looking up at you with inquisitive eyes.

Image via EarthPorm

So why do cats sit inside circles? No one knows exactly. Even vets and pet psychologists remain baffled as to why a circle attracts a cat. The really funny thing, once they sit inside their circle, they are almost immovable.

Some theories suggest that cats sit in a circle to give themselves a sense of security.  Perhaps they feel it is a territory they can protect.  Another theory puts forward that if humans pay a great deal of attention to the circle, cats feel the need to discover what’s so fascinating about it. Perhaps it’s simply because cats like enclosed spaces.

We tested it with our own cats (our ginger tabby didn’t want to participate in the photoshoot) and used a very small circle to see how they’d respond…they competed entry into the coveted circular real estate!

No matter what the theory, cats are drawn to sitting in circles.  We’ve tried it with all our cats and it worked.  In fact, our tabby got downright annoyed when we took him out of his circle.  If you follow Reddit, you may have seen a wave of social postings called “Trick Your Cat With A Circle.” Cat owners have used everything from masking tape, to hoola hoops, paper cups and even bananas (all arranged in a circle) to trap their cats.

Looking for a fun circle for kitty? We recommend the Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy


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