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  • While some cats naturally sit atop their humans' shoulders, others won't unless they're taught. You can train a cat to sit or ride on your shoulder by repeatedly coaxing it into position with a treat."}},"@type": "Question","name": "Why does your cat jump on you when you're standing?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Cats are natural climbers. They might jump on you just because it's fun, or they might be craving some attention."]}]}] MenuHomeSustainability for All. Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest SubscribeSearchCloseSearch the siteGO News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive Environment Planet Earth Climate Crisis Pollution Recycling & Waste Natural Disasters Transportation Eco Terms A to Z Home & Garden Home Natural Cleaning Green Living Sustainable Eating Garden Planting Guides Indoor Gardening Urban Farms Science Space Natural Science Technology Agriculture Energy Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues Eco-Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species More Clean Beauty Culture About UsNewsEnvironment

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Contact UsEditorial GuidelinesPrivacy PolicyAnimalsPetsWhy Do Some Cats Like to Sit on Shoulders?Here's what's behind this quirky behavior.ByMary Jo DiLonardo Mary Jo DiLonardo LinkedIn Twitter Senior WriterUniversity of CincinnatiMary Jo DiLonardo has worked in print, online, and broadcast journalism for 25 years and covers nature, health, science, and animals.Learn about our editorial processUpdated June 10, 2022ShareTwitterPinterestEmail Joel Carillet / Getty Images




Shoulder Rides!



While some cats naturally sit atop their humans' shoulders, others won't unless they're taught. You can train a cat to sit or ride on your shoulder by repeatedly coaxing it into position with a treat.


There are countless studies that prove moms and dads play their own critical roles in a child's development, and basically, moms and dads both rock in their own ways. And while I totally agree, there are many things that my husband is better at than I am when it comes to parenting. And guess what? I don't feel like less of a woman (or mother) because of it. It's just the truth. 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