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. Cats are drawn to sit/stand inside them.
It’s true. Want to see how to do an experiment at home with your own cat(s) to test the theory that a cat will be drawn to sit inside a circle? (see details on how at the bottom of this post).
Many of our readers have tried it and the vast majority found that it worked. We asked some of our favorite paw pals to showcase for us their unique circular style (photo gallery below).
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)
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)
And proudly honoring the circle tradition are @tony_bologna_cat (left) and @adventuresofotitis (right)
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)
In great circular form below we have @arizona_the_kitty (left) and @millie.poo_and_maybel_too (right)
Rounding things out we have @jones_fids (left) and @siberian_monkeys (right)
And battling it out for circular supremacy are @patrickcatson (left) and @the_meow_sisters (right)
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)
Stunning circular cuteness courtesy of @libbyjoykitty (left) and @lefusadi (right)
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.
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 two of our own cats using a very small circle to see how they’d respond…they competed with each other for entry into that coveted circular space of real estate!
No matter what the theory, cats are drawn to sitting in circles. In fact, our tabby got downright annoyed when we took him out of his circle. Fellow 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. Hope you try it.
My husband tried it yesterday – it actually worked.
Didn’t work at first. I came back later only to find our tabby sitting in the circle. 🙂
My bengal loved the cirlce while my persian didn’t seem to care less. Is breed a factor?
I tried a big and a small circle using masking tape. Both of them worked but the smaller one was preferred.
I laughed when I read this but decided to try it myself. OMG – it worked. Too funny.
My cat is broken he just sits on the floor in front of the circle and stares at it. Its been 2 days. Not one foot in the circle..
That is hilarious!
My ragdoll just looked at the circle & walked round it. Mind you she does think she’s a dog.
What a joy to find such clear thniinkg. Thanks for posting!
Made one out of stones and my sweetheart tux wouldn’t leave it for a second and got upset when I removed her.
Cats know that the circle gives them additional mystic powers. Atchoum, for instance, knows that being in the circle grows his already impressive furnishings. Meeka, of course, knows that circling intensifies her own spots. But those munchkins, on the other hand, just don’t get it at all. *Work in progress* Great to see Otitis among the circle devotees!
My cat lays on the outline! Never inside the circle….I guess he doesn’t want to be trapped! 😂
My cat loves any kind of string and straws.When I draw my shades he’s right there when I do because the string dangles he tries to play with it and if i’m not careful he will knock it right out of my hand.I also have to keep it out of reach at all times if not he goes crazy.The window by my computer desk I have to tie it up.if not,he will climb on my chair and knock it down to play with it so I have to tie it up and he also loves to go in my cabinets lately and he’s never done that before,i don’t know if he’s trying to get our attention or what he’s trying to do? he gets enough love and attention and he is so spoiled.My boys and I just love him to death and we had hi since he was about 2 weeks old and he’s about 13 years old.
Framing art in my studio is a challenge when my cats really really need to sit inside the frames and sit inside the mats before I close up the artwork. And because they are cats and this is paper, they also need to sit on the matboard and the backing, and the paper for the back of the frame. Of course, it’s only a challenge for me.
My cat makes a circle with her toys or she puts them in a straight line wot does that mean.
I left the lid to a 5 gallon bucket of softballs on the floor…. both cats compete to sit on it. And they will sit there for hours. Now I have to buy another lid somewhere. I can’t make myself take it back.
Tried it on George (Orange tabby) and Mr. Meowgi (Tuxedo kitty). Neither one of them showed any intrest. Perhaps I should leave the circle there for a week or so?