As a pet parent you may be asking why do cats follow you to the bathroom? We all know cats love privacy, but have little respect for YOUR privacy! Finding a pair of curious eyes watching carefully as you sit on the toilet can be a little unnerving!
No self respecting cat puts up with closed doors! You see, your home is her territory and that includes the bathroom. Being banished from this small room is seen as very rude behavior to your kitty.
In this post you’ll discover the answer to why do cats follow you to the bathroom, and if you really do deserve privacy. You’ll learn a little bit about cat psychology and if vulnerability is one reason for this strange behavior.
Prey or predator?
As a cat parent you may been on the receiving end of “gifts” from your fur baby. This gesture is not only to show her love for you but to proudly demonstrate her skills as a predator.
Cats are extremely skilled in the art of catching prey. Whether a small bird or field mouse, your cat knows exactly how to stalk and hone in on her prey.
However, cats also instinctively know they themselves are prey to larger animals. Unless your kitty is a super size breed she’ll feel vulnerable on her own.
While you’re around she feels safe, as in your cat’s eyes you’re her protector. She looks upon you as her guardian and if you disappear behind a door she feels exposed to danger. Of course that could be the front door if you go to work, but the bathroom door is somehow different.
Your cat may need to make sure you’re not doing anything to attract predators, even if that means banging on the door! A gap in the door is perfect allowing her to shove her paw in!
The funniest thing is watching your cat trying to push her way in! It never ceases to amaze me how cats are able to squeeze themselves through the narrowest of gaps.
Your cat isn’t daft and knows when you go behind this door it’s only for a short time. However, her curiosity is piqued as You didn’t invite her and she wants to know what’s going on.
For all your cat knows you could be getting up to all sorts such as mixing with other cats or hoarding food. This private space gains value as the more you deny your cat access the greater its value becomes.
Cats are also contrary creatures. If you’ve ever opened a door or window to let your cat out you’ll know what I mean. Let them out and they want back in. Put extra food in the bowl and they suddenly lose interest.
I’ve come to the conclusion many times that cats are a law unto themselves with no logic to their behavior:) Still, life wouldn’t be the same without our furry friends:)
Your cat has your undivided attention!
While you’re in the bathroom you’ve nothing to distract you and it’s highly possible your cat knows this! No tv or laptop to take your attention away, unless you have one in the bathroom! This makes you a captive audience and available for cuddles or petting!
If you have a multi-cat household expect an audience as you sit on the toilet! 3 or 4 curious kitties with large eyes fixed on you as do your business is no joke!
Your bathroom is a playground
The bathroom may be a haven of privacy to you, with the luxury of a long soak in the bath, or 5 minutes alone on the toilet, but your feisty feline has other ideas.
For some peculiar reason only known to cats, an empty bath is a great place to sit and contemplate. It’s believed however, that cats love the feel of it’s smooth shiny surface. If your kitty seems to enjoy lounging around in the tub it could be because it provides a cool refuge on a hot day.
In the winter though, a bathtub provides a cosy space to curl up in. As any pet parent knows, cats love sitting in empty cardboard boxes. Well, your bath is no different.
Apart from providing a cool refuge, it’s a great place to hide and ambush you from! In addition, an empty bath offers a wonderful space for your cat to roll around on her back!
The sink is another favourite spot for cats. Have you ever found your kitty curled up snugly in the bathroom sink? If it’s during the heat of summer, your cat may find the sink a nice place to cool off. This is because porcelain feels cool to the touch. Also, it can prove respite from an over heated house during winter.
The lure of the bathroom tap
A dripping bathroom tap is irresistible to a cat. While you may provide fresh drinking water for your feline friend, it’s more natural for a cat to drink from a running source rather than a stagnant bowl. This is why getting your cat to drink is easier with a water fountain.
A thirsty cat may also try and drink bath water, or water in the sink. Be warned though as toxic chemicals from soap or bath gel are poisonous.
If your cat insists on watching you shower or bath, provide a few toys to distract her. Be mindful of stepping on them though as you get out of the bath!
Cats are masters at working out our routines
We all have daily routines and rituals that include showering and cleaning teeth. Your cat is very observant and knows your routine and what follows.
For example, my cat knows when it’s bed time. He knows when I close down the laptop and walk into the bedroom late at night it’s bedtime. He follows me into the bathroom as I clean my teeth, then waits on the bed while I take a shower!
Your cat is highly intelligent and would have sussed you out a long time ago! She knows your morning and evening routine and I’m sure you’ve noticed the signs.
Your feline friend wants to be part of the action
Missing out on all the fun is something cats won’t tolerate. In fact they see denied access to the bathroom as quite rude! The bathroom may be a place you groom yourself, whether that’s styling your hair, applying make-up or cleaning your teeth.
Felines are also fastidious about grooming and maybe your kitty is taking notes as you brush your hair or wash your face! Though our grooming techniques are entirely different it’s still a source of fascination!
Most cats hate water so it’s highly unlikely your kitty will take a dip with you in the shower or bath. In fact an accidental splash is likely to make your cat leave the room with great haste.
Now you know the answer to why do cats follow you to bathroom I hope it’s helped you understand your cat’s eccentric behavior a bit better:) If you want a peaceful life I’d advise allowing your cat access at all times.
You could try putting a sign on the door “no cats allowed”, but of course, cats can’t read:)
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Wishing you a purrfect day:)