If your cat has been meowing a lot, when you wake up, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you a number of possible causes and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat meow when I wake up? Possible reasons why your cat meows when you wake up are hunger, an issue with the room it sleeps in, a change in its morning schedule, separation anxiety, or wanting to go outside.

There are actually a number of possible causes and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are a number of things you can do about it.

Why does my cat cry when I wake up?

Below are some possible reasons why your cat does it and what would make each of them more likely to be the main reason.

Hunger

The cause is likely to be that it is hungry and meowing to let you know that it is hungry. This would be more likely if your cat meows before you feed it, when you wake up in the morning, and it stops meowing after you feed it. If you don’t feed it in the morning, it could help to try feeding it in the morning instead. This would be less likely to be the cause if your cat meows when you wake up from a nap during the day when it has already had food.

An issue with the room it sleeps in

It could also be the case that there is an issue with the room it sleeps in that causes it to meow when you wake up in the morning. The cause could be that the litter box is not in the room it sleeps in and it needs to pee in the morning.

A change in its morning schedule

If you usually wake up at a certain time, but you have started waking up at different times, the cause could be that it is used to waking up at a certain time. Cats generally like having a routine and it can cause them to behave abnormally when their routine is disrupted. This would also likely be the cause if your cat meows on weekends when you get up later.

Separation anxiety

The cause could also be that it has some separation anxiety. This is where it does not like being left alone and the prospect of being left alone causes it to become anxious. This would be more likely if it starts showing signs of becoming anxious when you are about to leave it at night.

It wants to go outside

Another possible reason why it meows is that it wants to go outside. This would be more likely to be the reason if your cat meows while standing by the door that leads outside.

Things to consider about your cat crying when you wake up

Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

What else happened when your cat first started crying when you wake up

If your cat did not always meow, when you wake up, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it would be more likely to be due to things such as you waking up at a different time than normal, illness, injury, or if it had to start sleeping in a different room.

What is different when your cat does not cry when you wake up

If your cat does not always meow when you wake up, it would also help to consider what is different when it does not meow. For example, if it only meows on weekends, the cause would be more likely that it is expecting to get up at the same time that it does during the week.

What to do about your cat meowing when you wake up

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Make sure it has access to the litter box

If your cat does not currently have access to the litter box, in the morning, it would help to make sure that it does since it might be meowing because it wants access to the litter box.

Get help

If your cat has started doing it suddenly and it has been showing signs of being ill, the best option would be to get help from a vet. By doing so, you should be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular cat and to deal with illness as a potential cause.

Give it a regular routine

It could also help to try to wake up at around the same time daily so that it knows when it can expect to get fed.

Why is my cat suddenly crying when I wake up?

If your cat has suddenly started crying, when you wake up, it would likely be due to something that changed recently. It could be the case that you made it stay in a different room, you stop feeding it at a certain time, or another change in its environment.

Why does my cat meow when I wake up from a nap?

If your cat meows when you wake up from a nap, it would be more likely that your cat is doing it because it is being affectionate. This would be more likely if it also rubs against you and gets you to pet it. However, it could still be due to one of the things mentioned above, so it would help to consider what is different when it does not meow.

Why does my cat meow when I wake up in the morning?

If your cat meows in the morning, the most likely causes are that your cat wants to go outside, it wants to be fed or that it has separation anxiety.

Why does my cat come to me when I wake up?

If it’s during the day after a nap, your cat might be coming to greet you and to give you attention. It might also be the case that it has been waiting to get food if it has not been fed yet. If your cat comes to you when you wake up in the morning, the cause would be more likely that it wants to get fed or that it has separation anxiety.

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I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.