Have you ever wondered, “Why does my cat wake me up in the morning?”
They’re like little alarm clocks, right?
It probably has happened a thousand times, but you’ve never questioned your cat’s strange habits.
So, let’s unravel the mystery of why cats are up in the morning and how to end this behavior.
Why Does My Cat Wake Me Up in the Morning?
Most people think that cats are nocturnal creatures and hunt during the night.
However, the truth is that cats are crepuscular. That means that they’re most active before sunrise and sunset.
So, it’s quite normal for your cat to be awake so early in the morning.
But why do they have to wake you up at 3 am every morning?
Why can’t your cat sleep during the night when they sleep so much all the time?
Let’s see the most common reasons why your cats won’t let you get your beauty sleep in the morning.
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#1 Your Cat Is Hungry
Cats are creatures of habit. If they’re used to getting their breakfast early in the morning, they won’t understand why you’re not getting out of bed on Saturdays and Sundays.
After all, cats don’t care about trivial things, such as work or you getting enough rest. They’re hungry, and they want their food immediately.
Moreover, sometimes your cat might cry during the night if you tend to feed them early in the evening.
Whenever cats are “starving,” they’re quite resourceful. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have access to your bedroom.
They’ll scratch at the door and meow like crazy until you get up and fill that bowl with cat food.
If they can enter the bedroom, you might expect a paw in the face or a toe attack. Not a good way to wake up, right?
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#2 Your Cat Is Bored
Another reason why your cat wakes you up in the morning is boredom. Your fluffy kitties have gotten their beauty sleep, and they’re ready for some playtime.
Unfortunately, you’re still asleep and unable to provide entertainment. So, your cat has to get you up.
Cats that spend the better part of their day sleeping are more likely to wake you up in the morning.
That’s because they’re bored during the day and want to spend some quality time with you before you get to work.
You’d better provide them with enough toys and scratching posts to keep them busy.
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Check out this video to know why your cat is obsessed with you.
#3 Your Cat Is Seeking Attention
Do you know that adult cats never meow at one another? They use body language to communicate.
Only kittens meow to their mothers to express their needs. As such, it’s curious that cats use their voice to communicate with us.
So, whenever your cat meows in the morning, they might be seeking attention.
Even though cats play it cool, they need human contact and care as much as any other pet.
Some cats might not like to be held, but they will want you to dote on them.
If you tend to get home late and can’t pay your cat a lot of attention, your feline might wake you up in the morning so that you can make up for it.
That’s one of the reasons why your cat is so affectionate in the morning. The other one is that your kitty is hungry and trying to curry favors.
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#4 Your Cat Wants Out/In
My cat usually wakes me up in the morning whenever she wants to get out and can make quite the noise until I drag myself out of bed.
So, if you have an indoor-outdoor cat, they might wake you up because they have some important business outside or want to come inside.
On the other hand, if you tend to close your cat in the bedroom with you, they might want you to let them out to explore the rest of the house.
#5 Your Cat Is in Distress
Rarely, a cat that wakes you up in the morning might be sick or in pain.
If your cat usually sleeps through the night and doesn’t bother you, a change in its behavior might indicate illness.
While cats are excellent climbers and jumpers, it takes one bad landing for them to get hurt.
Moreover, some outdoor cats might run into predators or cars and get injured.
Usually, cats have a very distinctive meow when they’re about to be sick on the carpet or are in pain.
It’s very different from the sound they make when they’re hungry, so you should check it up as soon as possible.
#6 Your Cat Knows You’re Waking Up
Do you know that your cat can tell when you’re about to wake up?
Our sleep cycle consists of five stages, during which our breathing/heartbeat changes. We move from deep to light sleep several times a night.
It can be difficult for your cat to rouse you in a deep sleep, so your clever feline waits for you to enter the light stage of sleep.
Then your cat knows you can respond to their meowing and wake up to feed or play with them.
How to Stop My Cat from Waking Me Up in the Morning?
So, you want to know how to stop your cat from waking you up at 4 am in morning.
Well, I can tell you that it’s not going to be easy because you’ve made one mistake.
If your cat wakes you up at night or early in the morning every day, you’ve reinforced this behavior. How?
You’ve gotten out of bed, and you’ve fed your cat or paid them attention. After all, you want to get back to sleep as soon as possible.
Cats are very good at training their owners, and they understand that if they meow or scratch the door long enough, you’re going to get up. And they can be quite stubborn.
So, what can you do? Here are some tips:
- Don’t ever get up to feed your cat when they meow.
- Get some blinds to block the sunlight so that your cat can’t tell it’s morning.
- Tire your cat during the day so that they sleep soundly at night. Provide enough physical and mental stimulations, or your cat will wake you up with their shenanigans at night.
- Feed your cat before you go to bed or use an automatic feeder for the night.
- Pay attention to your cat only when they’re silent.
I’m not going to lie. It’s a nightmare to make your cat stop waking you up in the morning when you’ve reinforced this behavior for years.
You’ll have to lie in bed and let your cat meow until they understand that you’re not getting up. It can take months.
So, my advice is to be patient, don’t spoil your cat, and avoid reinforcing any behavior that you don’t want your kitten to repeat.
Closing the bedroom door or isolating your cat won’t fix the problem because cats hate closed doors or having their movements restricted.
What do you think about these 6 reasons why your cat is waking you up in the morning? Does your cat wake you up? Tell us in the comment.
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Our cats love attention, but fortunately they don’t wake us up too early! It can be annoying, since they meow relentlessly, but we manage 🙂
We dont have cats as we are allergic but this is ver interesting. Wondering if mydad knows.
Our Kats always wake us up between 3:00 and 3:30 in the morning… The older one knows that my Husband has to be up early cause of work… Some times he has to be at work by 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday he has to be there by 4:30 a.m. I feed them wet food before I go to bed and some times I will give them Treats… They have two bowls of dry food in the Hallway and nether one is outside Kats
Yes she wakes me up all the time.She purs so loud in the morning and yes she is spoiled.
Every damm morning 5 am. She’s 16 so I don’t want to stress her but it’s so annoying
I miss the waking up meows of my cats in the morning so much after they all passed away.
We have blinds and guess what? Now they get up and play in the blinds. Until we get up screaming. Lol. We’ve reverted to the squirt bottle and it seems to be working. Love these little pain in the butts SO much.
There is no greater alarm clock than a cat. They want what they want when they want it. LOL
That is so cool! I had no idea that cats could sense our sleep cycles like that. Cats are so smart.
Yes ive found myself awake and trying to pretend I’m in rem sleep so as not to wake her up. Then all of a sudden she looks at me oh Mom your up. Boy do I have a deal for you. Come on Mom get up I need you in the kitchen. I think she equates me with food. But i love her and she me, she’s my companion. She currently us trying her best to have 2 hour feedings, yes we have to have a talk.
Here I thought that they just wanted to play. Cats do sleep a lot during the day so this is good to know.
I think cats are seeking attention and they don’t love to be alone. It’s too silence in the house at that early hour!
Great food for thought and although I do not have a cat I loved this post so informative. Cats are not that hard to understand and generally live on the same time schedule as us.
I do have one cat that does this. She gets annoyed if she has to wait too long for her food.
I’ve never owned a cat but, this is very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
Those all sound like great reasons! Sounds like they make a great alarm clock if they know your comings and goings!
My vote is 90% of the time it’s because your cat is bored. LOL. I think they just like to see your reaction sometimes.
I’m pretty sure that 90% of the time it’s because they’re bored lol. I think they just like the attention and want to see your reaction to being awoken.
My older sister has cats and taught me to never feed a cat first thing in the morning, otherwise, it would wake me up earlier and earlier. When we adopted our cat we followed that guideline and he never tried to wake us up. My younger sister has a cat and figured out that if she plays with him for 30 plus minutes before bed, he sleeps through the night.
When we used to have a cat, I woke up many mornings and he was just sitting there staring at me. I think he knew when I was about to wake up. I miss him.
We had cats back in my hometown. But they were just always outside. Good to know these things.
Our cats wake us up early, and I suspect all of these things. A combination of hunger, boredom, curiosity, etc. They love to walk all over the bed meowing!
My sister’s cat wakes her up because she wants to play! My sister is really growing tired of this.
Our cat did the same but wish I had these tips back then!
Aww…cats are really adorable! But we don’t have cats since we are allergic. I know some of my friends who will love this post.
My friend has three cute little kittens as they always wake her up and they such attention stickers.
There is no snooze button on a cat that wants its breakfast!