I now have two cats that want me up at 6am instead of one.
When we had one cat and he started to make noise early I would get up and go out and feed him. Because my wife had never had a pet befor, I worried that the early noise might make her give up on the cat idea. (she sleeps in) Anyway after a while we got a second cat. (a months long melodrama ensued) We also got an auto-feeder so there is food available. No good. He still wakes me up. He won’t leave the room without me. OH and he is specifically trying to wake me up. He comed to my side of the bed and will make a noise. Usually he will knock something off of my bedstand. (starting with my waterbottle) He will then wait and if I don’t arise he knocks another item off. Then another and another and will even go so far to knock over a lamp and to take a swip at large framed pictures on the wall. All of this just so I will get up and go out to the living room and collapse on the couch. He will then sit in the living room window and watch god knows what goes on outside at 6 am. If I lay down on the couch and let him get in the window and then try to sneak back to bed he follows me and starts with the noise.
Oh and my wife and the second cat sleep through all of this.