If your cat waits for you to wake up, this post will show you a number of possible reasons and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat wait for me to wake up? Likely reasons why your cat waits for you to wake up are that it is hungry, it has separation anxiety or that there is an issue with the room it stays in.
There are a number of possible reasons why your cat waits for you to wake up and it could be the result of a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main reason and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat waits for you to wake up
Below are likely causes and what would make them more likely.
If your cat waits for you to wake up in the morning, the cause is most likely to be that it is waiting for you to feed it. This would be more likely if it immediately wants you to feed it when you first see it and if it does not give you as much attention after. It would also be the most likely cause if your cat does sleep in the same room as you.
It could also be the case that your cat has some separation anxiety. This would be more likely if it does not sleep in the same room as you, if it tends to start getting anxious when you are leaving it to go to bed and if it follows you around the house.
Something else causing it to be anxious
It could also be the case that something else has been causing it to be anxious such as a problem with the room it stays in such as too much noise or another pet that it does not like being 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 wake up
If your cat has not always waited for you to wake up, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started waiting for you to wake up. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a change in the time you get up or because you started making it stay in a different room at night.
What is different when your cat does not wait for you to wake up
If your cat does not always wait for you to wake up, it would also help to consider what is different when it does it. For example, if it only does it on the weekend, it is likely that your cat is expecting you to get up and feed it at the same time you do during the week.
What to do about your cat waiting for you to wake up
Below are options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Feed it sooner
If your cat has been doing it on the weekend, one option would be to quickly feed it at around the same time you normally do during the week so that it can eat at the same time it is expecting to.
Limit reasons why it might be anxious
It would also help to limit reasons why your cat might be anxious while it is without you. Ways to do so could include making sure to make sure the room it stays in is not too loud, bright and that there is a spot for it to lie down in.
Let it do it
If it seems like your cat is doing it because it is waiting for you to feed it, another option would be to continue letting it wait and to feed it when you would normally get up.