I woke up to my cat digging about the bathroom and then drag out a dirty towel from an earlier shower and sniff at it. I took it out and closed the door for a bit so it would not go back into the bathroom to sit on the same towel. I got fed up with it making noises when my little one was trying to sleep so I closed the door completely and he started scratching at it. What does this mean?

Answer

Your cat may be smelling another cat. Cats mark everything and brushing against a bush or sitting at a bench that has been marked can cause your cat to go a bit nuts, especially if your cat is unfixed. Or your cat is smelling your scent on the wet towel. Try using a small blanket for a bit and then let the cat have it. Your scent (or the scent of anyone he trusts) will give him comfort and help him to calm down. I also recommend that you get your cat fixed (if you haven't already). Unfixed cats will start a territorial war if they can smell another unfixed cat on you or your clothes. Also, be sure your cat can see out the window. This will give him a place to safely see the outside.

Updated on July 19, 2019

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What Your Cat's Behaviors, Body Language, and Sounds Mean
By Cheryl Simonds
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