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What is it with cats and bathrooms?


Why is it that cats are fascinated by what you do in the bathroom?

My cat, Alibi, has an inner sense about when I go to the restroom downstairs in my condo. I can go inside and close the door ever-so-quietly and she will immediately jump down from napping on the bed upstairs and make a beeline for the door.

Then she will cry outside it. Paw it. Try to look under it.

Seriously it’s a small half bath – there is nothing interesting in there.

She isn’t much better with the upstairs restroom. She thinks when I go in there that I am trapped and have to pet her. She rubs herself on the corner of one wall so much that she has worn off the paint.

Alibi also oddly likes to hang out in the bathtub – when it’s empty of course.

Clearly she doesn’t remember when she was a kitten and during my bath-time she would jump up and try to sit on the edge of the tub. She was too small and couldn’t quite reach. Until one day she jumped up and – boom – she made it.

Of course, she was so startled that she promptly fell into the water.

Tall Tails blogger Niki Kelly is The Journal Gazette’s Statehouse bureau chief in Indianapolis.