Cat follows owner all over the side of the bathtub with the Fluff logo
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Every morning my cat meows melodiously as he follows me from the bedroom to the kitchen, rubbing his furry cock on my pajama pants. He follows me into the bathroom and watches me carefully as I brush my teeth. He even follows me into the shower. A little creepy I admit, but it just means that he loves me … doesn’t it?
If your cat sounds like mine, you might be wondering if her chasing has anything to do with you. Let me assure you, it does and it doesn’t. Typical of a relationship with a cat, isn’t it?
5 reasons your cat will follow you everywhere
From problems with their health to a normal cat, there are a variety of interesting causes for this funny behavior.
1. Your cat enjoys your company
Do not worry! Your cat actually loves you. After living among humans for so long, cats have developed real and unique bonds with their human caregivers. Your cat enjoys hanging out with their favorite person (you!) And is interested in the things you do, especially during the times of the day when you may be doing more than just sitting on the couch and watching your favorite show, like for Example while cooking dinner or doing laundry. These activities are far more fascinating for your feline friend than watching you stare at a screen.
2. Your cat needs attention
The week goes by so quickly and if you’re like me you are often shocked to find that it’s the middle of the week and you still haven’t made it to the grocery store. Our pets can sometimes be “left behind” when it comes to taking time out from our busy schedules and giving them the attention they need. Your cat may find the best way to get you to pet her, play with her, or share a tasty snack with her by making her presence known … including by following your every move. Make sure you offer your kitten love, affection, and plenty of daily enrichment to ensure that your feline companion remains a happy, healthy kitten.
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3. Places you go offer smelling … and entertainment
This is where the bathroom comes in. It’s no secret that everywhere there are toilets and showers, there are smells. Your cat is a scent connoisseur and the bathroom in particular has many interesting scents that arouse its cat’s instincts.
And if your kitten loves a good cool place to lie down, a bowl to lie down on (the sink), or the drip, drip, drip of a running faucet, the bathroom quickly becomes a kitten playground or a relaxing spa. Cats also find your kitchen, laundry room, and bedroom full of scents to explore and games to try (toilet rolls seem very entertaining).
4. Your cat needs a change in diet
Probably not a shocker, but if your kitten wants to lurk behind you every step of the way, she may be trying to convey a need to you … and it may want to eat. Cats are excellent communicators, but like toddlers, they prefer to yell out their needs or decide to ask for a snack when using the bathroom – nothing like a surprise visit from your cat while you go about your business.
And, like with toddlers (and admittedly me too), the breakfast you give them may not be satisfactory or make you want more. This could be an indication that your cat needs a change in diet. Of course, it is important not to overfeed your cat as obesity can lead to significant health problems in cats. However, as your cat gets older, their diet and exercise needs change too. So, if your cat appears to be losing weight, if its coat appears dull, or if your cat is constantly following you even after you have been offered the food, contact your veterinarian to make sure your cat is getting the food it needs.
5. Your cat feels sick
Cats cannot put their feelings into words, so they use body language to instead communicate how they are feeling. Cats can say all sorts of things about their bodies, but a cat who may have an illness or feel overly stressed can increase body movements and behaviors. To do this, you can follow anywhere or try to stay as close to you as possible.
If your kitten wants to be unusually intense around you, seems restless when you leave a room without her, or is constantly following your every move, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian or behavioral therapist to rule out any health issues or behavior problems.
Your cat may have discovered that following you into the kitchen for another tasty tuna treat is the best way to go, or they may just really enjoy being around all of the delightful smells you are producing . Whatever the reason your cat always follows you, it is important to take close care that your fabulous cat is happy and healthy all round.