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Why Do Cats Follow You to the Bathroom?

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By Nicole Cosgrove

cat in the bathroomIf you own cats, you probably know what we’re talking about: You head into the bathroom for a moment to relieve yourself, and the next thing you know, you hear the purr of the cat and feel their head pushing against your leg.

But why in the world does your cat keep following you into the bathroom? The answer is simpler than you might think: They want your undivided attention. There’s not much more to it than that, but here, we dive into everything that you need to know and answer a few more common cat owner questions.

Why Do Cats Sit Next to You in the Bathroom?

When you’re in the bathroom, you’re often not distracted, and for a cat, that’s the perfect time to get attention from you. Around the house, we tend to move from one activity to the next, whether cleaning, cooking, or enjoying leisure time in front of the television.

But when we’re in the bathroom, we often don’t have those distractions. Your cat sees this as a moment for you to pay attention to them, even if you would prefer your privacy.

If you’re looking for ways to change the behavior, you can devote other parts of the day solely to your cat, but you still might have to take them out of the bathroom when you head in because many cats will take as much attention as they can get.

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Do Cats Have a Favorite Person?

While people often associate dogs as picking a favorite, cats tend to do this too. While cats will usually bond and spend time with everyone, they’ll definitely pick a favorite and seek them out when possible.

If you’re trying to be that person in your home, simply keep an eye out for cues that they want attention, food, or other treats. If you’re the person with whom they can communicate their desires and get what they want, chances are that they’ll keep seeking you out.

Do Cats Understand Your Emotions?

Dogs get all the credit when it comes to trying to make humans feel better, and the research seems to show that’s for a good reason. While a dog can tell when you’re upset, it seems that many cats lack that emotional depth.

But the truth is that cats can pick up on your emotions and knows when you’re upset, even if they don’t actively seek you out like a dog does.

Still, if you tend to give your cats more attention when you’re upset, they’ll pick up on this and seek you out. It’s not that they know that you’re upset or even understand how to cheer you up, they simply recognize the cues of when you’re more likely to spend time with them.

That said, don’t look at this as your cat not caring if you’re upset. While they might know that you’re upset, they don’t know how to make things better. Since they don’t know what to do, they do what they often prefer and leave you alone.

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Why Does Your Cat Meow at You When You’re in the Shower?

Unless your cat likes water and wants to join you in the shower, chances are that if they’re meowing at you in the shower, they just want your attention. You’re in a part of the house that they can’t or don’t want to reach, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be near you!

While it can be a little annoying to have a cat constantly meowing at you in the shower, take it as a sign that you’re doing a good job, and they love being around you!

Final Thoughts

While we all would like to have a little peace and quiet while we try to relive ourselves, chances are that your pet cat is never going to respect your privacy. But if they’re actively seeking you out, no matter when or where, it means that they enjoy your company and want to spend more time with you.

It might not be when you want their attention, but it’s a quirky trait that you’re far from alone in experiencing.

Featured Image Credit: Alexandra Cluj-Napoca, Shutterstock

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