What are the reasons my cat wakes up very early?

1. Your cat may be hungry

This is one of the most common reasons why cats wake up too early. Yea, she wants some food! Since you’re the only one who provides her meals, she tends to come to you the moment she wakes up in the middle of the night.

2. Your cat may be lonely

Another reason why cats wake up too early is that they feel lonely and crave social interaction. Although cats tend to be loners, sometimes they need some time with other creatures just like every human does.

3. Your cat may be in discomfort

When your cat is comfortable at night, it tends to wake up too early, especially in the middle of the night. She may meow and wake you up just to tell you she is not all right. So if she persists, you should try to check whether your cat needs urgent attention.

  • Is your cat in discomfort or pain due to a health issue? You may check up for some noticeable signs to know if your cat is in pain, and if you can’t figure it out, a vet visit is a good choice to make.
  • Is there still water in the bowl? Maybe your cat is thirsty and needs water, or maybe the water is not fresh anymore and she needs you to replace it. That’s more reason why you need to check all these before going to bed.
  • Is your cat’s litter box clean? Cats normally will feel discomfort if their litter box is not clean or give out a bad odor. So, maybe you need to check the litter box. However, you should ensure you clean the box at least twice daily — first cleaning in the morning and the second in the evening.

4. Your cat is using learned behavior

Maybe you’re used to feeding your cat whenever they feel peckish just to keep them quiet and satisfied. In such cases, you might have unknowingly trained your cat to behave that way whenever they need food. Cats learn fast, and if they think they would always get food just by waking you up at their whim, they will stick to that behavior.

5. Your cat may be stressed

When cats are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, unsettled, or otherwise scared, they tend to wake up, even in the middle of the night, and come to you for comfort. Remember, they see you as their guardian and protector and not just someone who brings food to them. So when they are experiencing a problem, they will come to you most times.


You may feel frustrated that your cat keeps waking up too early, but don’t worry about that! You can solve the problem once you identify what is wrong with your cat or what she wants. The above reasons are the common issues that cats do have that keep them up too early. However, if the problem persists for too long, ensure you contact your vet about it.

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