I’m someone that values my privacy. I don’t tend to talk much about myself in social settings and I enjoy having more ‘me-times’ than most of my friends.
My treasured privacy became secondary once I got my cat 14 years ago. He loves being a part of everything that I do, even peeing. Whenever my cat hears the ‘click’ sound of my bathroom door, he runs like a cat on fire to the bathroom and starts pawing, yowling and scratching at the closed bathroom door until I open it.
He is only satisfied when he takes up his usual spot on the sink counter and watch me pee. But why does my cat find watching me pee so interesting?
Some cats watch their owners pee out of curiosity, for the love of water or for attention. It can be difficult to tell what most cats are thinking at times. For all we know, you have a cat that just likes watching you pee for no reason.
If you have a cat that you swear is a big-time voyeur (all cats are), this article is for you. I for one have no interest in watching another human pee but that would mean I’m not thinking like a cat.
Your Cat Likes Water
The first time I showered my cat, I know there and then how he felt about it. I kid you not that after I was done, my neighbor called my home to ask if everything was alright.
I can’t think of a better way to describe it besides my cat making it sound like I was slaughtering 10 hogs in my bathroom.
The sounds that my one-year-old cat could vocalize due to his fear and anxiety made my head spin. Thankfully he has grown to be more accepting of the shower head over the years.
For cat owners who have cats that are drawn to water, hearing and seeing your pee might be a thing of wonder for your cat.
Without getting too much into vivid details, the sound of your pee hitting the toilet bowl sounds like the fountain of youth to your cat.
Alluring and captivating enough to have your cat sit and watch you pee.
Flowing Water Is Safe
Another reason why your cat is such a captive audience when you pee is due to its natural instincts.
Many cats are drawn to flowing water as they deem it to be fresh and safe. Maybe not so much when it’s your pee but drinking from a moving source is safer than water that is stagnant.
I’m not implying that your cat is eager to drink your pee but if your cat has a habit of sticking its head in the toilet bowl, please make sure the cover is closed at all times.
There are some feline companions that need to be within a meter radius of their owners at all times. Anything more than that can trigger extreme stress and anxiety in the cat.
Although it may seem adorable to have a cat that is glued to your side, such behavior isn’t healthy for both the cat and cat owner in the long run.
Cats who show such neediness towards their owners have some degree of separation anxiety. Separation anxiety can be caused by the following:
- Being weaned too early from its mother
- Orphaned from a young age
- Cats with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Change in routine or environment
Having a cat that likes watching you pee doesn’t necessarily mean that it has PTSD. There are other symptoms that you need to look out for.
- Peeing or pooing outside the litter box
- Excessive vocalization
- Excessive grooming
- Destructive behavior
Your Cat Likes Your Bathroom
Some cats enjoy being in the bathroom because of all the amazing smells there. A cat’s sense of smell is its strongest feature and it can pick up and identify odors that humans can’t.
Imagine being in a small and enclosed cozy room that is full of pleasant surprises. That is how your cat might be feeling when it is in your bathroom.
The smell of all the bath products together with your own scent from the towels is signaling to your cat that this place conveys comfort and familiarity. Don’t be surprised to find that your cat likes sleeping in your bathroom.
And the one thing that all cats like is being comfortable in a familiar environment.
Why Does My Cat Protect Me While I Pee?
Although you might never be able to put up a sign on your front door that says”Beware Of Guard Cat!”, our feline friends are more protective of us than we give them credit for.
Cats are known to be solitary creatures from a very young age. They have to hunt and fend for themselves for most of their lives.
However, within a feral colony, feral cats are can live and bond together as a social group. They help to rear each other’s kittens, protect each other from danger and engage in lots of social grooming.
The verdict is still out as to how our cats see us.
It has always been believed that our cats regard us as bigger cats but a lot dumber.
Emma Griggs, a lecturer at the University of California, believes that our cats tend to regard us as “a social companion and valuable resource”. In order words, our cats come to us when they want affection and meow our ears off when they are hungry.
Despite the rather one-sided relationship with our cats, there are many studies that show how bonded our cats are to us.
Having your cat watch you pee is like having a cat guard you while you use the bathroom in a war zone.
There are two times when a cat feels most vulnerable. That would be eating and eliminating of its waste.
Try defending yourself against an aggressor when you are taking a poo and you’ll know how your cat feels.
I feed a few community strays near my home and they are always on high alert when eating. They will always stop eating and scan the area for a few seconds before continuing.
Bonded cats in a colony will band together to keep an eye out for each other. Watching you pee is your cat’s way of saying “Do what you need to do hooman. I got your hairless back.”
I have readers telling me that they have cats who like staring at them while they eat. For such cats, they might be more interested in what’s on your plate.
Your Cat Wants Your Undivided Attention
Truth be told, the process of peeing does feel rather relaxing especially if you have been holding it in for quite a while.
My mind goes blank when I’m peeing and I do feel a certain sense of awareness, so to speak.
It doesn’t happen often but when I do catch my cat watching me pee, he has my full attention while I babytalk him for the entire duration of emptying my bladder.
If you have not been giving your cat enough attention lately, your cat might be intuitive enough to know when is the best time to get your undivided attention.
How To Stop My Cat From Watching Me Pee?
It isn’t possible to give your cat a pep talk on bathroom privacy. I’ve done it a few times and it doesn’t work.
Here are a few other methods that you can try.
Close The Bathroom Door
Yes, I know it is heart-wrenching to hear your cat cry outside the door wanting to be let it. But your cat will be fine being outside for a few minutes.
Opening the door whenever your cat cries signals to the cat the power of persistence which isn’t what you want in this instance.
As long as you don’t cave it first, your cat will get bored and find something else more interesting.
Seek Veterinary Advice
If your cat is showing signs of PTSD or separation anxiety, it would be good to have a word with your vet about it.
Having a cat that is stressed out and anxious all the time is bad for its well-being. Furthermore, a stressed-out cat also equates to a stressed-out cat owner.
For cats with such behavioral issues, going through behavioral therapy or even taking some medication can help manage your cat’s anxiety in the long run.
Get A Cat Fountain
Getting a cat fountain works great for cats that are naturally attracted to water. Place the cat fountain far away from your bathroom to keep your cat occupied and let you pee in peace.
I’ve tried out a few cat fountains and the most important feature is to get one that can be easily cleaned. The insides do get slimy after a while so you have to take it apart for cleaning once a week.
Having one that has a replaceable filter is great too.
Having your cat watching you pee while you are in the bathroom isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
It’s not that it can run off and tell the other cats in the neighborhood your weird toilet habits.
If having your cat looking at you pee gives you performance anxiety, it’s time to start training your cat to give you some bathroom privacy.