If you are a cat owner, you know how that feels — being watched by a furry cat whenever you poop, shower, or do whatever at the bathroom — Cats follow their people all over the place, but there seems to be a special fascination with the bathroom.
We have found a number of theories about why cats love bathrooms so much. Some of them sound pretty reasonable, but some else …. well, you can tell if that matches your guess.
It’s About Getting Attention
Cats love attention (as long as they feel like it). Let’s face it, who’s not going to pet a sweet cat who is rubbing all over your legs while you sit on the toilet. Our kitties learn very quickly, picking up patterns and the relationships between actions and reactions. They’ve noticed that when you plop down on the couch, you usually spend the next few hours distractedly ignoring them. And when you sit down at a table, you spend most of your time trying to scoot them out of your way. Many cats also like to lick their humans after a bath or shower.
Love&Hate Relationship with Water
Surprised or Confused? True, most cats hate to be submerged in water. But often in any other scenario those very same cats are enthusiastic about it. Water flows, splatters, and trickles, making the beautiful crinkly sound they enjoy. And how the light emanates from its ever-changing surface!
In the winter, it is only normal that our heat seeking fur-missiles find comfort in the warm humidity of the bathroom while you’re taking a hot shower. It never fails to amuse me each time I draw back the shower curtain to find two symmetrical fur lumps camping out on the bath mat.
Bathtub Is Deep, Safe Hiding Space
You may not have thought about it, but this theory makes a lot of sense. Cats love sinks, boxes, and little houses, too. They also love high spaces, though, like shelves, the top of the television, and cat towers. What do these things have in common with the bathtub? They’re all out of harm’s way, and they all offer differing vantage points from which to view the action of the house. Safe, secretive, and speculative. What could be better for a cat?
Toilet Paper Is Literally Irresistible
Every cat guardian knows that toilet paper must be guarded, or the humans in the household will have to get used to wiping with shreds. It seems no cat can resist a white spool of Charmin. Those soft cylinders make for fun games of unravelling and shredding.
From unrolling it, to chewing on it and even knocking it into the still wet bathtub, cat seemed determined deny us our loo roll. If you noticed your cat’s obsession with toilet paper, make sure the door to the bathroom is closed at all times.
Sinks Are Like Cat Beds
Think about the shape of the sink. The rounded sides appear to cradle the feline body completely. It seems only natural that to lounge and sleep in a cat would appreciate the sensation of a sink. The sink’s coolness may feel nice in summer months. The heat of the cat’s body could actually warm up the sink during cold months and make it extra cozy in there. Some cats also like to lick drops of water out of the
Closed Doors Pique Curiosity
Most cats cannot stand closed doors in their homes. The bathroom door is no exception. In fact, a closed bathroom door with you on the other side could be enough to drive your cat crazy. Over time, some cats seem to learn that you are likely to close that bathroom door. So, they want to be there to make sure they don’t miss out on the fun. Cats want to know what is happening in their domains at all times. If cats had one rule, it would be that there should never be closed doors!
Cats love us
The bathroom is full of the smells of you, your cat’s favorite human! You spend time in there doing important things, or at least it may seem that way to your cat. Your cat may be intrigued by watching you do all the little things we humans do in there. Many cats will sit on the vanity, mesmerized while you brush your teeth or do your hair. Isn’t it adorable and heartwarming to open the door to find your little furry friends have been waiting on you.