Why Do Cats Follow You Into the Bathroom?

They ignore you when you want to pet them, they don’t really care for games (seriously, why do you even try waving that string anymore?) but make your way to the bathroom and cats are all over you.

If you close the door behind you, a paw will most likely peek under it in protest. The cat wants in and it will claw its way in if necessary you’ve been warned!

This puzzling feline behavior has been a mystery to cat owners in search of privacy, and while there are no concrete answers, there are some theories.

Theyre all about that open door policy

Odds are when you go to the bathroom, you close the door leaving your cat to wonder what’s going on back there. It is part of their territory and so they like to be able to know that it’s all clear and there are no looming threats there. They usually go in and out of the bathroom if they want to, but closing that door prohibits them from doing so – and we all know how cats feel about not getting their way.


They just want some quality time

Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM suggests that cats follow you into the bathroom because they know you have nothing else going on. You’re sitting there and they think petting them is a much better use of your hands than scrolling through something on your phone. They know as they request to be petted that they’re likely to get that affection because you can’t go anywhere at least not for a few minutes.

The are watching you closely

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.

Theyre mimicking your routine

Cats are creatures of habit and will pick up on their human’s habits too, following their routine. Going to the bathroom is usually part of the human routine, happening when they get home from work or right after they wake up, for example, and cats will incorporate that step into their routine as well.

They dont care about your privacy

Cats don’t want you staring at them while they use the litter box or eat – or ever, for that matter – but they don’t understand that you feel the same way. Perhaps it’s the way you are always staring at them while they use the litter box, eat, sleep or play that gave them that impression, or maybe they just love you that much and can’t imagine you would ever want to be away from their fabulous selves. Can you blame them for thinking that way, though?


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natasha p
Past Member 1 months ago

cats are funny

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 months ago

cats are so adorable

Graham P
Graham P3 months ago

Great post and so very true, Thanks.

Amanda M
Amanda M4 months ago

HAHA That's Raven to a T! He could be conked out on the couch, but if I go into the master bathroom for any reason, within seconds he'll be pawing the door open and demanding attention. If you actually close the door, he'll scratch on the other side and meow at you until you open the door and let him in. He even tries that when I'm in the shower, and when I get out he's sitting there on the toilet watching me. It's weird, but unlike when the kids wait until I'm in the bathroom to bother me, I enjoy Raven's company.

ANA MARIJA R4 months ago

:D :D Thank you for re-posting.

Sheila Miller
Sheila Miller4 months ago

My cats do not follow me into the bathroom. My dogs do! Thanks for the article.

Shirley S
Shirley S4 months ago

My cat Missy doesn't mind me being there as she uses her toilet litter.

Sandra V
Sandra Vito4 months ago


Terri S
Terri S4 months ago

With 3 cats, I have no privacy at all in the bathroom.

Winn A
Winn A4 months ago