16 Feb Does Your Cat Wake You Up?
There are several techniques that your feline friends may use when it comes to waking you up in the morning.
One of my cats likes to make noises that sound like a cow first thing in the morning as I wait from my slumber. My other cat, Beavis, is a little bit more energetic in his approach and prefers to use my entire body just like a trampoline as he bounces up and down upon me with relentless vigour.
Cats waking you up is an extremely common problem as they are on a completely different cycle to us humans. Whilst it’s true that cats can spend up to 15 hours every day asleep in the land of Nod, early morning seem to be their favourite time to get up and about and released some pent-up energy.
The most important thing to understand that this stage is that this has nothing to do with being a power struggle between you and them. We simply cannot force a cat to stop asking to something that they really need. However, it is possible to try and minimise this behaviour once we figure out the cause of this action..
Are they hungry?
This is one of the most common reasons why your cats may want to wake you up in the morning. It could simply be that the food that they had before bed was not enough to sustain them through the evening and into the morning. There is a very simple solution to this, try leaving out a small bowl of dry grain feed for them to nibble on throughout the evening. Otherwise, why not consider one of these fantastic timed pet feeders which can release food at prearranged times..
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Do they simply want to have some fun?
If your cat has bundles of energy and can’t sit still, then your morning alarm clock could be nothing more than a sign from your feline friend that they want to play!
This behaviour is easily curbed by ensuring that your feline friend has plenty of toys available for them to play with at all times. Battery operated toys are fantastic and provide extra layers of fun and frolic’s for your feisty feline.
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Are they lonely?
The more social your feline friend is, the more likely it is that they will feel abandoned whenever there are left alone. Cats can be very needy animals that require constant attention and affection to make them feel happy and content. Your morning alarm clock could be nothing more than your feline friend looking for a bit of attention and a nice scratch underneath their chin.
If your feline friend has already been fed and has plenty of toys available to them to play with, this is likely what they are looking for..
A good idea is to pat an area of the bed, hold out your hand for them to cuddle and speak to them softly giving them lots of praise and attention in the process. It won’t take long before they calm down and you can get back to relaxing in bed and drifting off to the sounds of your peaceful pussy purring in the background.
It is important to remember that if you’re cat does decide to wake you up in the morning, there is nothing malicious about this action. Just because their cat naps may last a bit longer than their own, should not mean that we cannot still live up to promises of meeting their needs where possible..