Has your kitty been standing on her hind legs an awful lot?

Cats look majestic when they stand on their hind legs and they look cute when they walk around in that position!

But, why does your cat do it?

Well, there are several reasons why cats do that and, in this blog post, I’ll go through the reasons why your kitty may be standing on her hind legs.

Let’s begin.

  1. Warding off Predators

    Some cats stand on their hind legs when they are feeling threatened by a predator to make themselves appear as large as they possibly can. So, it is a kind of a survival tactic used by your kitty to ward off predators.

    In some extreme cases, you kitty may even shuffle along sideways while she’s in the upright position which is an additional attempt to look as fearful and as large as possible.

    So, it is a good idea to steer clear of your a cat on hind legs!

    And, yes, this tactic does actually work well when warding off predators.

  2. Head Booping

    Your average domestic cat will stand on her hind legs to get your attention and get some extra pets from you.

    Yes, cats love attention, too!

    Usually, your kitty will stand up on her hind legs after a long session of ankle brushing. They might want some food or for you to pet them on the head. Cute, right?

  3. To Reach You for Treats

    Cats are excited to get their treats, and they stand on their hind legs so that they can be closer to the treat and have it closer to their mouth.

    Some special need cats were born without their forelimbs, stand on their legs at all times. For some cats, even the sound of the bag of the treats is enough to have them stand up on their hind legs for some sniffing.

Why Munchkin Cats Stand Up

Munchkin cats have short and stumpy legs which are caused due to a genetic mutation. So, you can observe these kitties standing up on their back legs way too often too because they have a low center of gravity.

Special-needs Cats Stand on Their Hind Legs All The Time

There are a few special-needs cats for whom the process of learning to stand and getting about on just their hind legs isn’t just an eye-catching move — it’s a necessity.

There are a lot of these kangaroo cats, as they’ve been named, who are now the stars and advocates on the social media scene. The grandiosity titled Lil Bunny Soux Roux was actually born without her front legs but has now become an Instagram sensation thanks to pictures of her hopping around like some sort of marvelous kangaroo-Tyrannosaurus-rex hybrid!

Roo is another celebrikitty and is quite famous on social media and is all about owning his kangaroo-cat status.

The kitty was born with radial hypoplasia, which stopped his front paws from growing and developing properly — but these days he’s more than happy hopping around for his legion of fans alongside his similarly famous kitty sister, Venus the Two-Face Cat.

How to Get Your Cat to Stand Up

Do you want your cat to stand up on her hind legs?


Well, you can teach your kitty to do that quite easily! In this section of the blog post, I will go through how you can teach your cat how to stand up.


Let’s begin.


  1. Get your cat’s attention
    The first thing that you’ll need to do if you want to begin training your cat to stand is to get your cat to pay attention to you.  For that, you can use a trat to get your cat to focus and then, begin training your kitty to stand.
  • Encourage standing
    You need to look for ways to encourage your cat to stand. Then, say a command, such as “Stand up,” and reward the behavior.
  • Reward the behavior when it occurs naturally
    You want your kitty to understand that you want her to stand up on cue.

  • Pay attention to your cat during her day-to-day activities. Keep in mind that cats may occasionally stand up on their hind legs if they’re curious about something or trying to get your attention.

    You should try to reward this behavior as it naturally occurs to help establish a connection between the desired behavior, a command, and the reward.

    Why does your kitty stand on her hind legs? Let me know in the comments section!

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