Weird Cat Behavior Explained: Science Reveals Why Cats Follow You to the Bathroom
I can’t remember the last time I was able to use the restroom by myself. Between 3 kids, 2 cats, and a dog, I have company wherever I go. At least this weird cat behavior is explained thanks to experts revealing why cats follow you to the bathroom.
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A cat scientist and wildlife biologist explained to ‘Inverse’ why your feline friend insists on being your bathroom buddy. You walk into the restroom and your cat either darts in to roll around the floor and your feet or scratch madly at the door in protest to your preference to pee alone. According to cat researcher Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, science may explain this phenomenon.
“There might be various reasons cats like to join people in the bathroom,” Mikel explained. “Their litter box might be in there, so it could be a room that smells very familiar. Cats also probably know that when we are on the toilet, we are a captive audience — nowadays we are so busy and distracted that many cats are probably looking for an opportunity to have our undivided attention!”
If your cat is a little more invasive and prefers to take residence on your lap, there might be a reason for that too. Wildlife biologist Imogene Cancellare says, “Lap sitting is really popular in the loo — I assume this is characteristic opportunist behavior to find the warmest spot in the house and exploit the attention of their human servants. I think they want to be the center of the universe and have learned that humans don’t do much when sitting in the small room with the strange water chair.”
Does your furry family member follow you to the restroom? Share your tales of bathroom buddy’s odd behavior in the comment section below.
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