Why Does Your Cat Follow You to the Bathroom?
30 November, 2017
cat in bathroom

Our cats are so fun and have so many adorable and quirky traits.  One of the stranger obsessions of felines is when our cats follow us to the bathroom, every single day! It is a conundrum.  After all, cats insist on their privacy when using the litter box, so why do they follow us to the bathroom?

There are a few reasons your cat might like to hang out with you in the bathroom:

When we are sitting on the toilet, we are a captive audience

Cats know that when we are on the toilet, we are a captive audience.  We are always so distracted with other tasks at home that many cats are probably looking for an opportunity to have our undivided attention.  You’re sitting there and they think petting them is a much better use of your hands than, well, completing your business. You aren’t going anywhere so you might as well pet them.

Cats love routine and our going to the bathroom becomes their routine

Cats are creatures of habit, and once they develop a routine, prefer to stick to it. Cats tend to chain behaviors that link one action to another, in a particular routine. For example, you wake up in the morning and go to use the bathroom and your cat will remember this and want to join you.  And probably runs to the kitchen after (with or ahead of you) to feed them.

Cats also learn the amount of time owners spend in the bathroom and want to partake in the activity.  If you close the door, you can bet you see their little paws swiping away at the bottom.

Cats always want to know what you’re doing – they are curious after all!

Everyone knows that curiosity killed the cat and when you slip into a room and close the door, you are doing something mysterious. Your home is your cat’s territory and the bathroom is well, their room too (as is your bed, the couch). So they want to join you.  Or if you close the door, they really want to know what is going on in there!

Some cats are bathroom sink dwellers which puts them at eye level with you

Another theory is that the bathroom offers a unique structure with a sink that puts the cat at eye level with its human as they sit on the toilet. This allows them to be the center of attention and feel like they’re in control of the interaction.

Cats don‘t care about your privacy even though they like theirs!

Cats don’t want you staring at them while the use the litter box (or even eat for that matter!) but they have no problem staring at you while you’re in the bathroom.  Maybe it’s their payback time – to stare at you and bother you when you have no choice but to just sit there!

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