Cats are one of the most preferred choices as a pet in the world. They are easier to care for as compared to dogs. But cats are also highly dependent on their pet parents, and every cat has its unique needs as a pet.
They can also be very selective in temperament. Still, they are an ideal choice as a pet, especially for people living in flats and congested areas. They make little noise and can adjust to small spaces.
Almost all cats have some distinct characteristics. They are all different in some way or another; one of these characteristics is licking their humans early in the morning. It may be due to various reasons;
To Wake You Up
Most of the cats wake up early in the morning due to their predatory nature passed on from their ancestors. They may have developed the habit of waking you up early too by licking you as they consider their pet parents as part of their pack.
It is also possible that they have developed a habit of sleeping early and waking up early. They should be hungry by the time you wake up.
Make sure to keep some treats in their bowls for them at night. They can eat these when they woke up early, so they won’t be hungry in the early morning hours.
Because They Depend On You
Some cats develop a habit of overdependence on their pet parents and need to be assured all day. They won’t leave you alone for a minute as they get stressed if they are alone. In essence, they become what we call ‘spoiled brats’.
It generally happens if you have a young kitten, but older cats can also develop a habit of overdependence. You need to train them to be alone sometimes. Engage them with other cats, and make them self-confident.
Fill their room with activity toys, bring along another kitten to divert her attention, etc.
It could also be that you have developed this habit in them unintentionally. When they lick you early in the morning, you may be rewarding them. You may make happy faces or reward them with treats by petting them, etc.
Cats learn very fast, and within no time, they may have developed this routine, which got reinforced by you. To stop this behavior, you need to start ignoring your cat when it licks you. It might not be easy at first, but you will surely get benefits in a few days.
They will eventually stop doing it. Reward them if you find them not licking you early in the morning.
Little To Zero Activity During The Day
Sometimes cats do not get enough exercise during the day; this can also aggravate your problem. Your cat must have used most of its energy by the end of the day.
Otherwise, it can lead to other health problems of obesity and hypertension in your cat, and she will become lazy.
You can use various training toys to exhaust them, build engaging activities with your pet, use a clicker, and treats to train them, engage them with other cats and develop a healthy daily routine with them.
Exclusion From Room And Loneliness
Another reason is that people usually exclude cats from their bedrooms, especially at night. It further raises their hyper levels, and they try to please you so that they can be with you during the night in your bedroom.
You can add a cat bed to your room. If it is not possible, then the room in which your cat sleeps can be made fun of with different activity toys in that room.
Place their bed near windows and keep some small plants in their room which can be climbed on, etc. This will keep them worry-free while you sleep in your room.
Cats Are Grooming Lovers
They might also be trying to groom you. Cats love to remain clean and groom themselves, and they also love to bathe and always look neat. You will not find a single strand of hair out of place on them. Cleaning is one of their preferred activities.
When they are in a pack of animals, they groom each other by licking to build trust among the pack. Since you are part of their pack, they also try to keep you well-groomed, especially your hair.
Cats love to groom their family, and it is their age-old habit. It also means that you smell stinky to them and should take a bath.
Wants To Taste Everything
Cats also lick your face because they like the taste of it. Cats love their food, and when you do not share human food with them, they get a taste of that food by licking you. They would also lick your clothes if you dropped some food on them.
If you sweat at night, then your cat licks you because they like the salty taste of your sweat. But you do not need to be tensed about it as it is not a harmful thing.
Cats also have a survival instinct of cleaning all the leftover food or its smell to stay away from predators. They might be licking you to remove the scent of food and keep the predator away.
Out Of Anxiety And Stress
If your cat has anxiety problems, it also leads to licking excessively, either itself or you. Anxiety can come from many reasons, like change in food ingredients.
If you have recently moved to a new place, adopted another pet, environmental changes, etc. Try to find out the cause of the issue and act accordingly.
Although cat licking you at night may be cute and affectionate, it can become annoying and excessive. A simple solution to the above problem is diverting her attention and affection from you to something else.
It can be another kitten playmate or some engaging activity by bringing another kitten. Your cat will feel responsible for a new family member and divert her attention towards the kitten.