This is one of the most masterfully crafted FAQs I've ever read, and it's hard even now to keep a straight face while writing.
Marie seriously asked:"Dear, wise, cat whisperer, I have a very burning question that has never been answered to any form of satisfaction. Why do all my cats (and my friends report theirs, too) love to be in the bathroom with me? I can sit for hours in the living room, bedroom and office and no one even shows up to say "meow." I mean they are around but don't interact with me.
But, if I walk into the bathroom and sit down, even if I am not using the facilities, they literally line up to come visit me. They bring their brushes and toys and leg wrap and 'talk'. They want to be petted and, if God forbid, I close the door and they are on the other side of it, they meow and stick their arms under the door and scratch at the door. I simply do not understand it. They don't really do this with anyone else in the house. I mean at this stage in my life, I just want to be able to close the bathroom door without sending out the 'Apocalypse Now' message to all three cats. Also I'd like a more comfortable chair for brushing and playing with my 'four legged daughters.'"
Amy famously replied: "What a great question! And I am giggling a bit, but that's because my own cat does the same thing. A cat's interaction can be impacted by both health, instinct and environment, so I'll get serious and put this in terms of the H.I.S.S. Test, which stands for health, instinct, stress, and symptom solvers.
H=Health: Human bathrooms tend to be one of the coolest places in the home, because of the tile, small space, and typically fewer windows. Cats tend to be furry heat-seeking missiles that relish lounging in warm places, but a few--my Seren is one--enjoy cool spots. These kitties seem to appreciate spending time on cool tile, damp towels, or other slick or cool surfaces. For older cats suffering from hyperthyroidism, the metabolism goes into overdrive and heats up the kitty so hyperthyroid cats often seek out cool resting places."
Amy continues to offer her sound, solid advice, occasionally spiced with a sprinkle of the famous Shojai humor. The bottom line could be that we are "rewarding" our cats for being our "bathroom buddies," a cause and effect with no end in sight. You'll not want to miss the rest of this article.
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