Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: June 28, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Cats seem to have an endless fascination with bathrooms. Whether it’s sinks, bathtubs or shower stalls, I have yet to meet a cat who isn’t intrigued by at least one of those. And when was the last time you’ve been able to go to the bathroom without a feline escort?
Some theories about cats’ fascination with bathrooms
I have some theories about why cats love bathrooms so much. I think some of it is due to the fact that cats love routine, and most of our bathroom routines tend to stay the same day after day, so it’s not surprising that cats want to be a part of it.
Then there’s the issue of closed doors – most cats hate them. If there’s anything going on behind closed doors, they want in on it. I live alone, so I tend to not close the bathroom door all the way, but of course, it does get closed when we have visitors. Inevitable, our unsuspecting visitor will find a welcoming committee outside the bathroom door when they come out!
Some cats like cool places, especially in the summer, which could account for the draw of tile floors and bathtubs, showers and sinks.
Ruby shares why she loves being in the bathroom
I decided to ask the girls about this topic. While Allegra occasionally comes in the bathroom to check on me, Ruby tends to hang out with me the entire time, and she likes to get up close and personal, often sitting on the vanity while I brush my teeth or put make up on. Not surprisingly, she had a lot to say:
Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! It’s about time Mom asked my expert opinion on something! Why do cats love bathrooms? What’s not to love! For starters, there’s the bathtub. I like to shove the shower curtain to the side, and then jump in and check everything out. I like playing in the tub, and scratching the bottom and the sides, too. Mom always checks on me when I do this. I think she’s worried that I might decide to use the tub as a litter box. As if! Why would I do that when I have a purrfectly good box for that right outside the bathroom?
Mom goes in the bathtub once a day, and I’ve learned not to go in there at those times. The one time I did – well, let’s just say I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome. You can read about my experience here.
I like to supervise Mom when she’d doing things at the sink. I like watching her floss her teeth – batting at the floss is so much fun! I also want to help her when she brushes her teeth – after all, she brushes Allegra’s and my teeth, and it’s only fair to return the favor, right? So I stick my face right under hers, and I really don’t understand why she doesn’t get that I’m just trying to help!
I also like watching Mom put makeup on, although I’m not sure why she bothers. She’s beautiful to me as she is. But she uses this really cool big powder puff, and it’s fun to bat that off the vanity. It’s also fun to bat her other supplies off the vanity when she doesn’t put them away fast enough.
Allegra doesn’t have much to say about bathrooms
Allegra’s favorite part about joining me in the bathroom is licking lotion off my skin after I have just applied it. But even though I use natural products, I still only let her do it for a very short while, because some of the ingredients in even the most natural products are not good for cats. She said she doesn’t have much to add to this article, except to remind me that the first photo I ever saw of her was of her on the toilet seat of her foster home.
Do your cats share your bathroom time with you?
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About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.