Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! I thought I’d present a tutorial I developed for how to make the most of your time on your human’s lap. Mom says I’m the best little lap sitter, and I’m constantly purr-fecting my technique!

1. Begin by looking up at your human with a pitiful expression on your face. You know you can jump on your human’s lap anytime you please, but it’s more effective to make your human think they have to coax you up. It works like a charm 99% of the time with Mom. The other 1% (hey, are you impressed with my math skills!) I just jump up anyway.

2. Once you’re on your human’s lap, you can either simply curl up and go to sleep, or you cando what I do for extra points: I put my paws on Mom’s shoulder and give her a big hug. I know she loves it, and the best part is, she hugs me back!


3. Before you settle down completely, you might want to give yourself a quick bath. Humans tend to think this is adorable. For extra points, lick your human’s hand a few times.

4. Then it simply comes down to staying power. Curl up in a comfortable position, and go to sleep. Most humans will not make you move, even if they start to feel uncomfortable, or if they have to use their litter box. That’s because humans love it when we kitties sleep on their laps.

5. Oh, and don’t forget to purr. Humans love that!

Do your kitties like to sit in your lap?

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24 Comments on Ruby’s Reflections: The Art of Lap Sitting

  1. Hi Ruby, this is Bibi from the Netherlands, thank you for the tips! I’m working hard on my technique, I curl up next to my mom and then she puts her arm around me. I have a big pink tongue and I make very sweet noises when I wash myself. I never had kisses in my life, but I’m starting to enjoy them. Mom says I’m adorable. I don’t believe everything she says, but in this case I’m sure she speaks the truth.

  2. Ruby, some kitties are just born professionals! We know you make your human very, very happy with your lap-sitting perfection.

    Yes, sometimes as many as four of us have piled on our human’s lap, and we just wish her lap could be bigger.

  3. My big baby boy (18 pounds!) loves to climb across my chest so I put my arm up, kneed my arm and then flip over and insist on being head like a baby (I call it the breastfeeding position). When there he will either groom himself, sleep or sometimes we will just stare at each other.

  4. Those photos are adorable. I have one that only sits in my lap when he wants to be petted. He does purr though. And my oldest sometimes before bed will cuddle on my lap. Otherwise the others are not lap kitties.

  5. Very funny….I love the part about the human litter box. Of my 4, 2 are lap cats and the other 2 are occasional lap cats….just need it sometimes.

    Ruby is the best!!

  6. Since my lap cat Cholla died, my kitty Zoe has become a lap cat! Cholla was the dominant cat and would chase Zoe away whenever she got comfy in a spot he wanted. So now he’s gone and she has the choice of anyplace she wants. She usually chooses my lap and I love it!

  7. Love this!! Yes, Luna purrs and drools on my lap, and she licks my hand. Our other cats aren’t really lap cats.

      • A drooler and hand-licker in one package – how lucky you are, Anjali! My Annabelle was an accomplished drooler, hand-licker and lap-sitter, and I miss those special times. Mozart is affectionate strictly on her terms, which NEVER include lap-sitting. But she is mellowing in her old age (she’s 18 and has been with me since she was a very young kitten) so at least now she’ll curl up beside me and occasionally she will lick my hair when I’m in bed. So I take whatever I can get! 🙂

        Stripes, one of the ferals I care for, is a love bug and purrs like crazy when I’m putting her food down, and she weaves in and out of my legs. She likes when I kiss her on the top of her head and pet her. The love of a feral is a wondrous thing . . .

  8. Well done Ruby! Indeed lap sitting and lap napping are “fine arts” and ones I practice and improve upon even after thirteen years of practice…….yep – practice makes purrrrfect. You do look QUITE happy to be in your Mom’s arms. I know that feeling well!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  9. Cody not only sits on my lap but he has to also scale my body and wrap himself around my neck like a kitty boa! He has done that since he was a kitten, the problem is, he is no longer “kitten-sized!!” lol

  10. Aww Ruby, you did a great job explaining the art of lap sitting, and you get an A+ for your pitiful expression look. 🙂 Unfortunately, my kitty isn’t a lap cat, but maybe if I print these instructions and place them at cat eye level by her bed, she’ll soon be come one. Ha! I doubt it; cats do what they want. 🙂 Oh, and Ruby, tell your Mom she has very beautiful hair!

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