If your cat sleeps in the bathtub, this post will show you why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat sleep in the bath? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps in the bath are that it finds the bathtub comfortable, the bathtub is cool, there are issues with alternative spots, or that it does not want to be bothered.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps in the bath and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are a number of things you can consider to help in figuring out the main cause, and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat sleeps in the bath
Below are likely reasons why your cat sleeps in the bath and what would make them even more likely.
Your cat finds the bath more comfortable
It might be the case that your cat does it because it finds it more comfortable in the bathtub than in alternative spots. This would be more likely if it has tried sleeping in its bed, or alternative spots, before but it didn’t go back to doing it and if your cat has always slept in the bathtub.
The bath is cool
The reason why it might choose to sleep in the bathtub could be that the bath is cooler. This would be more likely if your cat tends to sleep in the bath when it is hot inside.
There are issues with alternative places
It might also be the case that there are issues with alternative places for it to sleep. It could be the case that there are other animals there, it is too hot or that your cat feels like it does not have room.
It does not want to be bothered
Another possible cause is that your cat does not want to be bothered. This would be more likely if your cat does not go into the bathroom much when it is awake and it only seems to go there when it wants to sleep.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing if.
If your cat has always slept in the bath
If your cat has not always slept in the bath, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it might be the case that there was an event that caused it to start. For example, if it started doing it when the weather became hotter, the cause could be that your cat is trying to cool down.
What is different when your cat does not sleep in the bath
If your cat does not always sleep in the bath, it would also help to consider what is different when it does. If it sleeps elsewhere sometimes, it might be due to the temperature or because it feels safer there when other animals are around or when there are loud noises.
What to do about your cat sleeping in the bath
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Give it another place to go
The first option would be to give your cat another place to go such as a cat bed and to encourage your cat to sleep there instead whenever it tries to sleep in the bath.
Let it do it
If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sleeping in the bath, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sleep if it wants to.