Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cat nip

Oh yeah, you look nice now -- with your head reclined, whiskers relaxed, sporting your little raspberry nose. But come 3 am, we know, we know.

That's when you'll wander the house like Lady MacBeth. Or no, actually, you'll sound like an extra in Doctor Zhivago, after the Bolsheviks killed your baby and burned the village.

You will sing an A flat minor, holding the note for what seems to be forever. Ewowoooow. Sometimes ending with a question mark: Ewoooow? Or an exclamation point: Ewooow! But most often just ending in an ellipses: Ewowow....Ewowow...etc.

What do you want? To go outside?

--No, are you crazy? There are coyotes out there.

Then are you hungry?

--No, not particularly.

Well, do you want to chase a ball or something?

--No, I want you to understand: It's 3 am, and my heart is filled with music, mystery, opera. What I must do is sing, what you must do is listen.

Ok, so we're going to burrow under the pillows and listen to your aria that way. No offense.

--In that case, I might have to bite your toes.


  1. Is cat male or female? Fixed? Could be the aria is a romantic one. Certainly nessun dorma in your house.

  2. Though we can't rest, we can rest-assured. Fixed.

  3. Our Cleo wakes up in the morning on her time table for breakfast!!! Since Dan's retired, our timetable has been pushed back a bit...she's not liking it one bit...

  4. Mia earns points for silence but then blows it all by incessant crack-of-dawn pacing, pillow, blanket, bedspread, it's all the same to her.

  5. Adorable with the head reclined and so relaxed!

  6. hey, be glad he hasn't jumps on your chest and proceeds to walk on my body, to wake me up.. mine does that to let me know she wants to be fed.. I wonder if your friend's meowing is her way of having a convo w/you... they are nocturnal...

  7. Dogs are loyal, cats are insistent.

  8. But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him. Kipling, The Cat Who walked by Himself

  9. One more quote from the above:
    Cat said, 'I am not a friend, and I am not a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and I wish to come into your cave.'

  10. Doris nailed Cat right there. He is certain you should be forever grateful he wished to come into your cave and serenade you at 3AM.

  11. Kipling and Doris, out of the park!

  12. I love "little raspberry nose." It's such a good description. Teddy has one just the same. I didn't realize your kitty's charmed his way into your house day and night now. Lucky boy! Not sure how you can stop him wanting to get out at night when he hears a mouse running by - cats are very persistent until they get their way. If I ignored my Ginger's wake-up calls he'd start knocking things off my bedside table one by one. I was usually up before the third one fell.

  13. Hello Karin,
    Just to let you know, the e-mail I sent to you when I answered your comment about the Plumeria - "Love Plumeria too and I am sorry thieves slice an arm off in the night...", - could not be delivered to you.
    The mail system wrote this message to me:>: host[] said: 553 5.3.0 flph383 DNSBL:ATTRBL 521< >_is_blocked.__For_information_see_ (in reply to MAIL FROM command)

    Wishing you a very nice weekend! :)

  14. Good morning Karin,
    I hope it was a one-time glitch too.
    Have a nice Sunday! :)

  15. oh so delightfully lyrical.... maybe time for a catnap!!

  16. Um, Karin, you don't suppose that he is missing his sister, so cruelly taken at such a young age? Not that Albert isn't good company, but his fur isn't too soft. Not of course suggesting that you should hie thee down to the Humane Society to find him a companion............

    1. Why am I not surprised? A woman's gotta know her limitations.

  17. Oh, you are a worthy mistress and far more patient than I. Cats in our house had their own space in the basement in one house and in the heated garage in another. Enjoyed the dialogue and hope you both have time for a nap mid-day ~

  18. Outside of the early hour wake up call, how do you like being a cat caretaker? It's the best right?

    btw: that sleeping pattern will eventually adjust to yours. Give it time.