Why does my cat yawn when it sees me?

If your cat yawns when seeing you, it may be an attempt to communicate; cats yawning show a contented and relaxed mood to other cats.

Other reasons for a cat yawning include:

  • Staying alert – some believe cats “restart” a sleepy brain through yawning.
  • Taking in more air
  • Alleviating boredom

Yawns are contagious – if you see someoneĀ  yawning, you’re likely to do the same. Studies show human yawns are contagious for dogs, but no studies have been done on cats thus far.

Cat Yawning


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