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7 Cats Who'd Like a Little Privacy, Please

Sometimes cats want privacy when they're enjoying a laundry basket or using the litter box, and we humans just get in the way.

 |  Jun 25th 2014  |   10 Contributions


Cats can be friendly (on their terms), but they also enjoy their privacy while engaging in certain activities. Sometimes we humans just can't keep ours eyes and hands off of them because they're so darn cute -- other times our eyes and hands are on them because they're doing something they really shouldn't be doing. Cats? Really? Ha. Either way, we're occasionally met with looks of surprise or disdain when they want to tell us they'd like a little privacy. 

Here are seven cats who want us to go away.

1. Mid-shenanigan

"What? We were just taking inventory of your glassware." Photo: Suzi Duke

When cats are up to no good, they definitely want their privacy. The thing is, cats are way less stealthy than they think they are. And when we bust them, they look totally surprised, and then figure out some way to make it look like they weren't doing anything ... or they even blame us for their transgression. Yes, cats may not be all that stealthy, but they're experts at passing the buck.

2. Sleeping

"Can't a cat get a little shut-eye around here?" Photo: Paulo Ordoveza

My cats sometimes look their cutest when they're sawing logs. They're curled up or stretched out, just inviting human hands to touch them. That, my friends, is an invitation I'm always happy to accept. My cats don't ever remember sending me that invitation, and just want me out of their sight so they can enjoy their 18 hours of sleep in peace.

3. Taking care of business

"May I help you??" Photo: Tom Thai

It's true. Sometimes I get a kick out of watching my cats use the facilities. They get that concentrated look on their faces and are super dedicated to the task at hand. This makes me laugh, but does not amuse them. Whatever. They watch me poop and pee all the time. Fair play, kitties!

4. Laundry basketing

"No, these are my clothes." Photo: Nick Richards

Cats lay claim on full laundry baskets of warm clothing, and dare us to move them. It's like their own private spa experience, and they don't need anyone disturbing their solitude, especially to do something silly like fold clothes. Hey, I'm not complaining -- I don't particularly enjoy folding clothes, but sometimes I need to wear something from the spa-basket. Kitty isn't so amused and would rather me choose something else to wear.

5. Cuddling with the enemy

"You see nothing." Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Some cats normally don't get along especially well, but once in a while we'll catch them snuggling. I love watching kitties cuddled up together, so of course I have to get down on their level so I can fully absorb the cuteness. Cats don't always want to lift the veil on their tough personas, and would like us to pretend we don't see the love fest happening on the sofa. Me? I grab my camera.

6. Box bonanza

"Go away." Photo: Russ

A new box is always a reason for celebration! And when a cat occupies the new box, he wants to be left alone so he can soak up the glory of the fresh cardboard. Apparently humans are total buzzkills during the "getting to know you" time between kitty and box.

7. Bathtime

"Really?" Photo: MB

Cats don't really enjoy us watching them lick their bottoms and clean between their toes. I just have one thing to say about that: If you don't want us to watch you, go into another room. Also, please refrain from going to town on your bottom in front of guests ... while they're eating dinner. 

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.  

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