If your cat has always sat with your while you poop, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sit with me while I poop? Likely reasons why your cat sits with you while you poop are that your cat has separation anxiety, your cat is waiting to get something from you or that your cat likes it in the bathroom.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sits with you while you poop and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why does my cat sit with me while I poop?
Below are likely reasons why your cat sits with you while you poop and what would make each of them more likely.
A likely cause is that your cat has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat follows you around the house, it follows you to the bathroom regardless of whether or not it can hear water and if it can become anxious when you are leaving it.
Your cat is waiting to get something from you
Another reason could be that it is waiting to get something from you. This would be a lot more likely if your cat only seems to do it when it has not been fed yet and it does not sit there after it has already been fed.
Your cat actually follows you to other places
It could actually be the case that your cat has been following you to other places but you have been noticing your cat in the bathroom a lot more. It would help to observe your cat when you enter other rooms and to see if it follows you there as well.
Your cat likes the bathroom
It might also be the case that your cat does it because it likes the spot. This would be more likely if it even sits inside the bathroom when you are not in the bathroom.
Your cat is trying to get away from something else
It could also be the case that your cat is trying to get away from something else in the house such as a pet, person or a noise. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when there are loud noises in your house or when a certain pet or person is nearby.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has always sat with you while you poop
If your cat did not always sit with you while you poop, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be because you started showering before feeding it in the morning and it is following you around because it is waiting to be fed or because something caused it to start being anxious without you.
The timing of when your cat sits with you
It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat does it.
If it sits in the bathroom when you are not in the bathroom, it would be more likely that your cat likes the spot.
Whereas, if it only sits inside the bathroom when you are in there, it would be more likely to be because it is waiting for you due to hunger or separation anxiety.
What to do about my cat sitting with me while I poop?
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat sits with you while you poop.
Give your cat other places to sit
The first option would be to encourage your cat to sit somewhere else. One way to do so would be to put a cat bed where you want it to go and to put your cat there whenever it tries to go inside the bathroom.
Let your cat do it
If the behavior is not bothering you, another option would be to allow your cat to continue doing it.
Limit reasons why your cat might be anxious
It could also help to try to limit reasons why your cat might get anxious when you are not with it. Ways to do so could include giving it a safe spot it can go to without you and to feed it before leaving it and to give it access to water and a litter box when you are not around.