If you are going anywhere in your home, chances are that your cat will follow you. When we go into the kitchen, our cats like to follow us because it’s likely we will have food in there. And, as we know, cats like food. That’s especially true when it comes to those cans that open. It’s a sound they know and love!
Another place in your home that your cat loves to follow you to? The bathroom! While we want our privacy, our cats simply do not care. Our cats will yowl when there’s a barrier placed between us, or swipe under the door with frustrated paws wondering what on Earth we are doing in there. Why is it taking so long? Are you coming back? And most importantly, will I ever eat again? If only we could know all the questions going on in their little minds!
So, why exactly does my cat follow me to the bathroom?
When we are in the restroom, we prefer to hang out there alone. It’s not exactly a social time for us excluding the mobile device that sometimes finds its way into the bathroom with us. Your cat, however, does not care what you are doing in there. And if you attempt to shut the door, this triggers their curiosity even more than usual. What is this strange contraption separating me from you? Are there other cats in there? What are you hiding from me? The list is endless, really. And thus triggers their odd cat behaviors into overdrive.
By leaving the room to relieve yourself and putting a barrier between the two of you, this only intrigues your cat’s curious nature even more. Now, we would never go into our cat’s litter box while they’re handling their business, but I think it goes without saying that your cat just doesn’t care about your privacy. But in defense of felines, neither do dogs!
What about when your cat waits for you while you shower/bathe?
My cat, Tom, is naturally VERY skittish. When he is affectionate, or curious, it is only in the times when he does not feel threatened. He is almost like a cat ninja, stealthily moving about my home when he is indoors. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons he is such an excellent hunter! Many times I have found myself becoming frightened when I open my eyes after rinsing my hair in the shower to see him perched outside of the glass on the ledge between the shower in the tub in my master bathroom.
We know that many cats have a fascination with water. Not so much so that they’d want to submerge themselves in it or lather up, but for Tom, he will do this to me because he likes to drink the fresh water as soon as I’ve exited the shower. Does your cat do this too? Well, there’s a reason for it! Despite our natural craving for cool, crisp water, your cat’s preferences are different. In actuality, your cat prefers to drink warm water….like the fresh from the shower and bath kind! Fresh is key, but that warm temperature is high on their list of preferences, too.
Remember, cats are “micro-managers” and they must know what is going on at all times. This includes you when you try and sneak off to the bathroom, human! Your cats are not like dogs. They do not perform or behave in such a way as to seek praise. Your cat is following you essentially because they are nosy, and you’ve triggered their curiosity. If you want to say that they follow you because they “love you” and want to be near you, than you might be overlooking the hardwired nature of a cat. But trust me, even as knowledgeable as I am about the feline kind, I like to convince myself of this too when my cats follow me!