If your cat waits for you to go to bed, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why does my cat wait for me to go to bed? Likely reasons why your cat waits for you to go to bed are that it has some separation anxiety, it wants to sleep in your room, or something causing it to be anxious.

There are a number of possible reasons why your cat waits for you to go to bed and it might be due to a combination of reasons. 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 go to bed

Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.

Separation anxiety

The reason why your cat waits for you to go to bed might be that it has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat tends to get anxious when you are leaving it alone and if it also follows you around the house. In this case, it likely does not want to fall asleep and to be left alone.

It wants to sleep

Another possible reason is that it wants to sleep but it wants to sleep in your room. This would be more likely if your cat tends to go to sleep as soon as it goes into your room and it only waits for you to go to bed when it can’t get into your room.

It prefers to be in your bedroom

It could also be the case that it just prefers being in your room. This would be more likely if your cat only waits for you to go to your room when the door is closed and if it just sleeps in the when the door is already open.

Something causing it to be anxious

It could also be the case that there is something causing your cat to be anxious that it is trying to get away from. This would be more likely if it does it more on certain nights such as when there are loud noises in the room or when a certain pet is around.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat has always waited for you to go to bed

If your cat did not always wait for you to go to bed, 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 a change in the time you go to bed, a change in its environment at night or you stopped letting it sleep with you.

What is different when your cat does not wait for you to go to bed

If your cat does not always wait for you to go to bed, it would also help to consider what is different when your cat does not wait. For example, if it does not wait when it can already freely enter the bedroom, it would be likely that your cat just likes to sleep in there.

What to do about your cat waiting for you to go to bed

Below are options you have to help deal with it.

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

If your cat is anxious at night, it would help to limit possible reasons why it might be anxious. Ways to do so could include letting it stay in a cool and quiet room that is not too bright where there is a safe spot for it, when it cannot sleep with you.

Let it into your room sooner

If your cat seems to like being in your room, and you do not mind it being in there, another option would be to let your cat into the room sooner. If you do not want it to be in there, another option would be to give it another area to stay in.

Let it do it

If your cat seems to be just waiting for you to go to bed because it wants to sleep with you, another option would be to just let it wait but to let it sleep elsewhere if it wants to.

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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.