The cat is a sensitive animal, and at times it has apparently strange behaviors that we do not understand. Why does the cat bite after a shower, what does it mean?
After a shower, there is always a moment of relaxation, while we dry off and enjoy the sensation of steam and heat. And here he comes, our sweet and beloved cat who suddenly bites us. Why? Won’t it be against our personal hygiene? No, the answer is much simpler than that, but at the same time it is strongly linked to the fact that cats are extremely sensitive animals to everything around them. So let’s find out if the time has come to lock ourselves when we take a shower, to prevent the cat from deciding to bite us in the moment of maximum relaxation.
The olfactory factor
The reason why the cat bites after a shower is certainly related to its delicate sense of smell. But now we need to understand if the smell is positive or negative for him. In fact, it is necessary to understand if the cat loves the smell that we emanate as soon as we come out of the shower very much, perhaps after using some particular fragrance in the shower gel and shampoo, or if on the contrary it strongly hates this smell.
In fact, cats have extremely sensitive noses, and they use them very precisely. The sense of smell helps them understand the world around them, from familiar and comfortable smells to those smells that alarm them. These smells help them identify people, places, objects and even food.
The smells they love or hate
And just like humans, there are smells that our cat likes and smells that he doesn’t like. The question now is whether he likes the smell when we get out of the shower or not. There’s no way to tell for sure, a bit like humans do: the cat might love the smell of our new shampoo, and respond as if it were catnip. And just as if it were catnip, he tries to sink his teeth into it, inhale it deeply and absorb its scent, because as with catnip he feels a strong sense of euphoria.
Or on the other hand, she might hate it. For example, many cats don’t like the smell of cedar, which we could use to keep them away from somewhere in the house. Usually, in fact, a cat who does not like a smell keeps away from that smelly object for him. But if he really loves us so much, he attacks us because he tries to distance us and save us from that terrible smell for him, which he feels like a threat.
The most plausible explanation, however, remains the first: the cat loves these smells very much, is strongly attracted to them so as to lose control. Maybe not all cats love the same smells, maybe even a cat may not love catnip (it happens one in three times, statistically), and is excessively attracted to other smells, such as that of our new soap.