Why Does My Cat Keep Knocking Things Over?

November 12, 2019 4 Comments

Why Does My Cat Keep Knocking Things Over?

As I got home after a long day at work, I came back to my bedroom where my cat usually likes to hangout and did the things I always do---pick up the stuff that's supposed to be on my desk off the floor. 

Ever since I’ve owned a cat, this is something that I’ve gotten used to. 

My cat likes to knock everything that I have on my desk down and lay in bed. I don’t know why that is but, I have accepted my fate. However, one day I got curious and decided to look into it. 

As with everything feline, I decided to share this with you as well! 

Let’s look at why cats like to knock things over. 

Hunting Instincts

If you look at the world from your cat’s perspective, she probably thinks of every inanimate object as something that she can run---regardless of the fact that it is safe or not. 

And, if the object moves, your cat will entertain you by chasing it.

The Need for Attention 

It is essential that you spend some quality time with your feline friend and try to make it a routine to prevent loneliness. In case you spend most of the day outside, you can get your cat another feline companion to play with. 


In case you feel that your cat is knocking things over to get your attention, we urge you to not react when it happens.

Summing it Up: Why Do Cats Knock Things Over? 

Experts aren’t entirely clear on why cats like to knock things over so much. However, some of the reasons that I’ve mentioned above are the most common ones.

The best way to address this is by ignoring the behavior and not giving your cat the attention she needs. In case your cat likes to knock things over when she’s hungry, you should ensure that she’s fed or arrange food. 

Does your cat like to knock things over? Let us know in the comments section. 

4 Responses

Melanie Burgin
Melanie Burgin

January 02, 2020

Why does my one cat scratch on cupboard doors? I have 7 scratch posts but every night he scratches on cupboard doors even if one is left open. His brother doesn’t. I don’t leave all open as they loose a lot of hair even if I brush daily

Jennifer Thurston
Jennifer Thurston

January 02, 2020

Silly Humans! We Felines knock stuff over for all kinds of Reasons(to blame the dog)
Mostly because we look cute, even when we Are just being Buttheads you love!! #snugglefest! #purrrC

Linda Wells
Linda Wells

December 03, 2019

My cats love knocking things off the tops of my dresser in my bedroom. So I turn it into a game. They knock it off I put it back. They knock it off I put it back and so on. Until they are bored with it which is quite quickly.

Janet Jackspn
Janet Jackspn

November 27, 2019

I find your little articles on cat behavour and your help with cat sickness, very helpful. Thank you.

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