|Purred: Fri Jun 22, '07 9:43pm PST |
|Mommy has noticed that I tend to get more aggressive if I'm bored or upset, and I'm a lot bigger than Emma is. While I benefited from living with other cats for a while, so I know to bite soft and not claw at people for no reason, I've done the climb the leg thing to my parents. Usually they yell: "No", and stop paying attention to me for a while. That gets me to stop for a while, but I have to be periodically reminded that human limbs are not toys.
Mommy says it's easier to prevent these outbursts by making sure I feel like I'm paid attention to (I love being the center of attention). She tries to play with me at least four times a day, usually with a feather wand or the laser pointer. I've figured out how the feather wand works, so I've gotten into a routine where if I want to play with her or dad, I try and tell them by following them around the apartment and meowing to them. Sometimes I even mouth the feather, and drag the wand around to make my point. MOL.
Sometimes my parents are busy, but if they do have time, they try and play with me for as long as I like (you can tell I'm done when I either lose interest in chasing, or if I'm laying down because I'm tired). Mommy says that tuckering me out right before her bedtime is good, because then I'm tired enough where I find it comforting to go off and play on my own for a while, which allows her to get to bed and sleep undisturbed for a few hours.
Some nights I'm so tuckered out that I want nothing better than to sleep myself, so I lay myself down on a chair in the bedroom, so I can have a view of my parents' bed when I wake up, and I can come and go from the bedroom without waking them up. They seem to get grouchy if I wake them up in the middle of the night (I've learned that the hard way), and I want them rested in the morning so they can play with me first thing.
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