February 25th 2011 6:40 am
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Last night we had a lot of fun. It didn’t start out so fun ‘cause Mama and Papa were tired and went to bed at 9:30 PM. Well, right off they should have known THAT was a mistake! That’s not our normal bedtime, not even back long ago [a week, says the editor] before we had our surgeries, and were having to sleep in our room with the door closed so we wouldn’t keep them up.
So-o-o-o, we played till it was the proper time for bed, another hour or so. This involved a lot of games: running through the house at top speed, for one. Mama and Papa call this “The Hour of Scampering”. And of course we wouldn’t want to leave them out of it, so they were included in the hurdle races; they got to be the hurdles! That was nice of us, don’t you think? And there were other events: playing with mousie, desk climbing, bat the ball, kitchen sink spelunking and drain board diving. These last two are particular favorites of mine, because Mama always gets involved. Sometimes if she’s a little slow on the uptake, I “prrrppt” at her to let her know the game is on. She comes to get me down; I just wish she wouldn’t bring the spray bottle sometimes. You think she’d know by now that I don’t like that.
Anyway, we finally got kinda tired, and lay down to sleep. It was a real surprise later when we thought we heard a sort of crackly-rustly noise coming from the kitchen. Mama had switched on the flashlight by this time and had her spray bottle in hand, only to find out it was the Papa! He’d gotten up to make a bowl of cereal! So she decided to get up, too, and have that piece of German Chocolate cake that she didn’t have earlier. Yea! - Pawty Time!!!
Sleeper and I each got a spoonful of Fancy Feast, plus some fresh water, warmed just the way I like it! Papa was reading his book by this time, having a second bowl of cereal, and Mama was eating cake and looking at CATSTER on her laptop. Then she started to browse some articles. She found one at the DISCOVERY NEWS website with an interesting title: “Cats Adore, Manipulate Women”. [ Editor/Mama’s note: http://news.discovery.com/animals/cats-humans-pets-relations hips-110224.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1 ] She read us some excerpts for a second bedtime story:
“Cats attach to humans, and particularly women, as social partners, and it's not just for the sake of obtaining food, according to the new research, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Behavioural Processes.”
"Food is often used as a token of affection, and the ways that cats and humans relate to food are similar in nature to the interactions seen between the human caregiver and the pre-verbal infant," co-author Jon Day, a Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition researcher, told Discovery News. "Both cat and human infant are, at least in part, in control of when and what they are fed!"
"A relationship between a cat and a human can involve mutual attraction, personality compatibility, ease of interaction, play, affection and social support," co-author Dorothy Gracey of the University of Vienna explained. "A human and a cat can mutually develop complex ritualized interactions that show substantial mutual understanding of each other's inclinations and preferences."
Sounds like a whole bunch of words for saying that cats and humans - particularly women! – love and understand each other!
And this morning, the Papa had to go into the shop early for a Fed- Ex delivery, so he got up to shower, trying not to disturb the Mama. We got up – of course! – so he closed us up in the bathroom with him. He turned on the water in the bathroom sink for us to play in, which is always fun! But he was taking so long to wash his hair (it’s longer than the Mama’s!) that we got bored and had to find something else to do.
So-o-o-o – there was the wastebasket…We hadn’t had a good wastebasket exploration in a long time – wow! The Papa was a little miffed with us when he got out of the shower and found kleenixes and used toilet paper rolls strewn across the bathroom floor, but it was worth it!
Sleeper and I think we should do this again real soon!
MOL!!! Samhain... You guys REALLY know how to pawty at your house!!! You and Sleeper are furry good too since you can train your hoomins to get up and play with you at 3pm. You may need to teach a class or something so we know your special tricks. MOL!
I'm so glad you guys are feeling all zoomie and curious! All is back to normal again! You create so much excitement in your house - what did they ever do before they got you??? prrrrp, Tink
Hey, you too are so BAD.......... my meowmy puts me to bed at 10:30 every night so that I don't disturb them. I'm not allowed any toys in my bedroom:( MOL
Sounds like you've done a pretty good job training your humans! I think keeping at least one human up to feed me at all times is necessary. How am I supposed to know when I might get hungry?
Harley - NO TOYS?!!! That's cruel and unusual punishment! MOL You'd think they'd want to hear the sound of Mousie hitting the wall, or the soothing roll of the ball across the floor. Besides, Mama always says she's more concerned when we're not making ANY noise! Then she has to wonder what we're up to...