5 Daily Cat-Centered Rituals That Make Me Smile


Cats like routine and so do I. I easily become mentally and physically out of whack when I veer off my sleeping and eating schedules. Behavior matters are like this. I totally get why my cats start pacing a half hour before their mealtime.

Aside from the big routines of eating, sleeping, exercising (ha ha) and whatnot, there are little, daily cat-oriented rituals that mean just as much to me. It doesn’t throw off my whole day if I miss one, but they never fail to make me smile.

Here are five such quirky little rituals:

1. Saffy’s tail at mealtime

Saffy has the most gorgeous, floofy tail. Seriously, it’s a masterpiece of fuzz. When I place her bowl of food in front of her, I always reach back and run my hand from the base of her tail all the way to the tip. I don’t do it with any of the other cats, but it’s automatic with her.

And I smile.

2. Cosmo’s rub-jump move

Just a short time ago, I wrote about how Cosmo totally loiters. He stands around a large part of the day, waiting for something to happen. His favorite post is the doorway between the living room and kitchen. He stands facing the kitchen and watches all the action.

When I look at him and speak sweetly, he does this move I call the “rub-jump” move. He rubs his cheek on the same spot of the door jamb and does this little jump — I guess it’s more like a hop. He then makes a trilling sound and walks over to me. If he’s standing in that position, and I speak to him, he must do the move. I think if he ever forgot to do it, he’d go back and start over. It’s so cute and incredibly predictable. I adore it.

And I smile.

3. Phoebe’s “thank you”

When John or I place food in front of Phoebe, she doesn’t immediately go after it like the other two piggies do — she turns around and rubs against our legs first, then goes back and eats. It’s like she wants to show us gratitude for her little dish of food. She can be a total pain in the butt sometimes, but this little “thank you” is incredibly sweet.

And I smile.

4. Phoebe’s one-way desk

Phoebe thinks my desk is her desk. She tromps across it, left to right, right to left, and then stops for a while to swat a pen on the floor or stare at me.

Here’s what’s funny: When I invite her into my lap, she will only enter from my left side. Friends, there’s no difference between sides — on my desk or on me. So if she’s headed toward me on the right side and could easily step down into my lap, she’ll walk completely across my desk so she can climb onto my lap from the left. She’s like a little jet circling before landing. Nah, she’s more like a puddle jumper.

And I smile.

5. Phoebe’s teethies

If you regularly read my posts, you know I have a thing for kitty teeth. There’s hardly anything that give me jollies more than some little peeky teeth on a cat. Each evening before dinner, I give Phoebe a pill. She’s great about taking this pill, and sits very calmly in my lap. Right after I see she’s swallowed the pill, I take the opportunity to lift her kitty “lips” and steal a look at her baby-corn front teeth. I always say, “Show me your teethies.” She always complies with no upset. I squee for a few seconds, and then place her back on the floor. It’s one of my favorite parts of the evening. Do you think I’m kidding? I’m not.

And I smile.

Do you and your cats share any quirky rituals? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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