If your cat waits for you outside the shower, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat wait outside the shower? Likely reasons why your cat waits outside the shower are that it wants to see that you’re ok because it hears running water, separation anxiety, it wants something from you, or that it just likes the spot.
There are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been sitting outside the shower and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Why does my cat wait outside the shower?
Below are some possible causes and what would make them more likely.
It wants to see that you’re ok
Cats do not usually like water. It might be the case that it waits outside the shower because it hears running water and wants to see that you are ok. This would be more likely if it only waits outside when you use the shower and it can hear the water running.
Another possible cause is that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it follows you around the house, it waits outside the shower and bathroom regardless or whether or not it can hear water and if it can become anxious when you are leaving it.
It wants something from you
Another possible cause is that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it follows you around the house, it waits outside the shower regardless of whether or not it can hear water and if it becomes anxious when you are leaving it.
It likes the spot
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 outside the shower when you are not in the shower.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider that can help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has always sat outside the shower
If your cat did not always sit outside the shower, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, an event might have caused it to start doing it. It could be because you started showering before feeding it in the morning or because something caused it to start being anxious without you.
What is different when your cat does not sit outside the shower
It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat sits outside the shower.
If it sits there when you are not in the shower, it would be more likely that your cat likes the spot.
Whereas, if it only sits outside the shower when you are in there, it would be more likely to be because it hears the running water or because it is waiting for you due to hunger or separation anxiety.
What to do about your cat sitting outside the shower
Below are some things you can do to help deal with the behavior.
Give it 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 sit outside the shower.
Limit reasons why it might get anxious
It would 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.
Let it sit there
If the behavior is not bothering you, another option would be to allow your cat to continue doing it.