As a cat parent you may have been surprised being followed and watched by your cat as you shower. If it sort of freaked you out, you are not alone. Many cat owners share this experience.
Why does my cat watch me shower?
Your cat watches you shower for the following reasons:
1. She may be curious about the bathroom’s obscurity.
Cats are known to be solitary creatures and their interest is piqued by bathrooms and why you always go there. They find the area obscure and follow you there when you shower or when nature calls.
2. Your cat may be curious about the running water.
Just as cats like warm spots around the house they are also curious about bathrooms because of its cool atmosphere. They may favor the smooth surface of tiles and they are endlessly curious and fascinated by the running water as you shower. Water is rejuvenating not just for humans but also for cats although the latter are known to avoid water and do not like to take a bath.
Nevertheless, there are cat breeds that adore the water including:
- Norwegian Forest
- Kurilian Bobtail
- Japanese Bobtail
- Egyptian Mau
- Maine Coon
- Turkish Angora
- Turkish Van
3. Your cat may be asking for your undivided attention.
Your cat may see it as her golden opportunity to seek your attention when you are in the bathroom or while taking a shower. She may hover around while you are in the shower or the bathtub as her way of spending time just with you.
4. She may just be there because of her litter box.
Cats are sometimes hard to decipher and some cat owners are confused why they watch over them as they shower and do their business in the bathroom. Cat behaviorists speculate that felines may be watching you as you shower or while you are in the bathroom because their litter is also in that area and the room smells familiar for them.
One cat owner shares that her cat may think she is in danger and watches over her as she showers for that reason. Another cat parent states that her cat may like the sounds and humidity of the bathroom. Some cat owners agree that cats may be watching them as they shower since their pets cannot get over their owners’ insanity. They think that cats find it baffling that humans immerse themselves in water and cats find it puzzling yet also fascinating.
Ways to stop your cat from watching you while you shower
Learning that your cat is watching you as you shower can be creepy and may make you feel uncomfortable. Here are some ways that you can do to stop her from doing it:
Give her food.
Try to distract your cat from following you to the bathroom by giving or feeding her fresh cat food.
Lock the bathroom door.
This may not sit well with most cats but it is worth a try. Shutting your cat out of the bathroom as you shower allows you to reclaim your much-needed privacy.
Try to outsmart your cat.
If you notice that following you to the bathroom has become a routine for your cat, try to outsmart her. Take a shower at a different time or sneak out quietly while she is eating, sleeping or if she is in another part of the house.
Cats are naturally inquisitive and curious animals and they like to follow and check out what their favorite humans are doing. Your cat may be watching you as you shower because she is fascinated with the running water and she is asking for your undivided attention. It may also be because she feels protective of you and because she favors the obscurity of the bathroom.
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