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5 Ways My Cats Greet Me in the Morning

My cats tell me good morning by stealing my pillow, looking ridiculously cute, or howling in the hallway.

Angie Bailey  |  Feb 21st 2017


Who really likes to get out of bed in the morning? I’m sure there are some people out there who live for the ding-a-ling of their phone’s alarm, but I think they’re few and far between. They’re also probably the same ones who don’t need coffee and wake up with perma-grin on their smug little faces. What’s up with that? Okay — I digress. The point is that I don’t particularly enjoy bouncing out of bed before my body is ready to start the day. The bad news is that I work for a living, and usually must adhere to some kind of schedule. So … the ding-a-ling of my phone’s alarm it is.

When I begin begin stirring in bed, my Cosmo and Phoebe pick up on it right away and start in with their morning greetings. Here are five ways my kitties tell me to rise and shine.

1. Enthusiastic vocals

"Hi! I'm so glad to see you. How did you sleep? Did you miss me? I missed you. Hi!"

“Hi! I’m so glad to see you. How did you sleep? Did you miss me? I missed you. Hi!”

Phoebe may have a little body, but, she’s got some pipes! When she realizes that I’m awake, she sometimes races onto the bed and starts meowing at full capacity. She’s so excited that she pulls out the double meows — you know … when one meow is right on top of the other? I’ve even heard triple meows escape that fuzzy little mouth. Then she rubs her face over nearly every square inch of my body. It’s like she hasn’t seen me in a year.

2. Hallway howling

"Let me sing you the song of my people. It goes a little something like this ..."

“Let me sing you the song of my people. It goes a little something like this …”

If I sleep a little later than usual, Cosmo decides to go with the “standing in the hallways and howling” move. He sounds like he’s mourning his best friend, but the real deal is that he wants me to fill his bowl with delicious breakfast chow. If I don’t jump out of bed right away and make mealtime my priority, he typically wanders into the bedroom to see what’s more important than my feeding him. Then he decides to steal my pillow. (see No. 3.)

3. Pillow stealing

"But I want to be clooose to you. I want to smell your hair."

“But I want to be clooose to you. I want to smell your hair.”

Cosmo is the king of pillow thieves. On several occasions, I’ve woken up to my head getting shoved off the pillow and right onto the mattress. I get that he wants to be near me, and I do love rolling over and seeing him first thing in the morning; however, the neck ache that frequently comes with the pillow-jacking is not so fun. You see, I can probably avoid all this business if I just get up and feed him, right? How many neck aches will happen before I finally learn? Maybe eleventy billion, and that’s probably low-balling it.

4. In my face

"Are you up yet? How about now? How about now? Now?"

“Are you up yet? How about now? How about now? Now?”

While Phoebe’s happily meowing and rubbing her face all over me, she often throws in an up-close-and-personal nose-to-nose maneuver. When my eyes are closed, this can be a little jarring. Can you imagine opening your eyes and seeing a giant cat nose in your face? Who am I kidding? Of course you can. I know I’m not alone in most of these experiences. Still … jarring.

5. Looking cute

Pretty princess decides if she'll allow me to touch her belly this time.

Pretty princess decides if she’ll allow me to touch her belly this time.

I think my favorite way my cats greet me in the morning is by looking ridiculously adorable, which is not that difficult for them to achieve. Phoebe occasionally tucks herself under my bed covers, and I just can’t stand it! She makes cute little sleepy noises, and then yawns and purrs. She even allows me to roll over and snuggle her for a bit. If it’s my lucky day, I might even get to touch a Phoebe belly! On those days, I should probably buy a whole pile of lottery tickets.

How does your cat greet you in the morning? Tell us in the comments!