If your cat sleeps or sits in the shower a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat sleep in the shower? Likely reasons why your cat sleeps in the shower are that your cat finds it comfortable, your cat feels safer there, your cat is trying to cool down or that your cat does not want to be bothered.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat sleeps in the shower and it could be due to a combination of reasons. 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 or sleep in the shower?
Below are likely reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely.
Your cat finds the shower comfortable
It could be the case that your cat does it because it finds it more comfortable in the shower 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 shower.
The sink is cool
The reason why it might choose to sleep in the shower could be that the shower is cool. This would be very likely if your cat tends to sleep in the shower when it is hot inside the house.
There are issues with alternative spaces
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.
Your cat feels safer in the shower
Another possible reason why your cat has been doing it could be that it feels safer in the shower. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when other animals are around and if the shower is high from the ground.
Your cat is thirsty
It could also be the case that your cat does it because your cat is thirsty. This would be more likely if it tends to do it more when it has not got access to water and when the shower has water on the floor.
Your cat 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 sit in the shower 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 cause.
If your cat has always sat in the shower
If your cat has only started going into the shower recently, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat 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.
The timing of when your cat sits in the shower
If there is a certain time that your cat tends to go into the shower, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. 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 my cat sleeping in the shower?
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Give your cat somewhere else 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 shower.
Ensure your cat has access to water
It would also help to ensure that your cat has access to water throughout the day.
Shut your cat out of the bathroom
If you do not want your cat sleeping there, another option would be to shut the door to the bathroom so that your cat cannot go in there. If it seems to be doing it due to wanting to cool down, it would also help to give it a cool place that it can go to as an alternative.
Let it do it
If your cat has not been behaving unusually in other ways and it seems to just prefer sleeping in the shower, the easiest option would be to let it do it and to give it alternative places to sleep if it wants to.