If your cat has been waiting for you to come home, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat wait for me to come home? Likely reasons why your cat waits for you to come home are that it is waiting to be fed, there is a problem with the room it stays in or that it has separation anxiety.

Your cat might wait for you to come home for a number of reasons and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main reason and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat waits for you to come home

Below are likely reasons why your cat waits for you to come home and what would make them more likely.

It wants to see what you have brought back

The reason why your cat waits for you to arrive home is likely to be that it wants to see what you have brought back with you from the “hunt”. This would be more likely if your cat also sniffs you a lot when you get back.

Separation anxiety

The cause could be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat tends to get anxious when you are leaving by doing things such as pacing or crying and if it tends to follow you around the house when you are around.

A problem with the room it stays in

It could also be the case that there is an issue with the room that it stays in. It could be the case that the room is too loud, there is another pet around it does not like or that there is not a spot for it to lie down on safely.

Hunger or thirst

Another possible reason is that it wants something from you such as food or water. This would be more likely if you tend to feed it after you arrive home and if it does not have access to water while you are away.

Boredom

A part of the cause might also be that it is bored. This would be more likely if it tends to be energetic when you have just arrived home and it tends to do things such as run around and play with things. In this case, it could help to give it things to be distracted with such as toys, when you arrive home.

Things to consider

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

If your cat has always waited for you to come home

If your cat has not always waited for you to come home, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as if you started feeding it after arriving home or a change in its environment while you are away.

What is different when your cat does not wait for you to come home

If your cat does not always wait for you to arrive home, it would also help to consider what is different when it does not wait. For example, if it does not wait for you to arrive home when you have already given it food, the cause would be likely to be that it is waiting to get fed.

What to do about your cat waiting for you to come home

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

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

It would help to limit reasons why it might be anxious when you are away such as by letting it stay in a room it likes, feeding it and giving it access to water while you are away.

Give it attention before leaving

It could also help to give it some attention before leaving it by doing things such as play with it so that it is less likely to want attention when you get home.

Author

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