Sunday, January 29, 2012

How Did My Kitten Become the Boss?

by LeannLink

My dog Rosie, a very bright labradoodle, lives on a schedule. She knows when every treat is due, what time to go to her bed in the utility room and even what time I take my meds. If I forget, she is there sitting at my feet and staring up at me. She even brings my husband his shoes when it's time for a walk. Who knew I'd get another pet with a schedule?

Wexford, my 9 month old rather large kitten, isn't so big on regular meals, but if I am out, when I come home he is there to greet me and expec
ts--yes, you guessed it--a treat. He also gets on top of his scratching post when it gets dark so he can reach the light switch. He can't turn the lights on yet, but I figure it won't be long.

But he has started becoming a little more than demanding about one thing: bed time. I usually head for the sack some
where around 10 PM. Of late, Wexford has decided he needs to persuade me to get there on time, if not early. First, he worms his way between me and my laptop and sprawls out. I pet him, but don't get up. So his latest trick is to get up on the table next to me and swipe of any items near me. The tissue box. My inhaler. Any book I have put down. Pens. Pencils. Snacks. The TV remote. It's all fair game until I get up and give him what he wants. A race to the bedroom.

As I go through the routine--put on PJs, brush teeth, get the glass of water, put in the night guard, turn on the MP3 player--he watches each step intently. And then what does he do once I am in bed with the lights off? He leaves to do whatever cats do in the dark. But when I wake up later like the good insomniac I am, he's there beside me or above me. Never below. He is the boss of me, after all.

How about you? Are your pets as dedicated to routine as mine are?


bookmagic said...

My dogs will express their displeasure when I stay up late and puppy hates when I read in bed and stands between me and my book. But mornings are when my oldest dog Scout gets creative. He gives me about 10 mins after alarm goes off, then he goes to the nightstand, looks at me and if I don't get up, something gets knocked on the floor. Then he looks at me again, knocks something else off. He keeps this up until I finally get up. I am so not the boss in my house.

Aurian said...

O Leann, that is hilarious! I totally see it happening! And no, no one is the boss of me ;)

Sue said...

My smaller dog Phoebe has seizures so she is on medication twice a day. I set an alarm on my phone for 6am and 6pm so I don't forget to give it to her. As soon as that alarm goes off, she is at the kitchen counter waiting for her treat. Both the dogs know that as soon as I get out of the shower in the mornings it's time to go out so they are all about standing in front of me as I get dressed then moving to the door so I don't forget. When the girls come home from school, they know that's the next time they go out so they both jump all over them until the girls get their book bags put down. Of course each time they go out they get a treat. If they don't get it, they sit and stare at whoever took them out until the guilt is soo heavy that the offending person just HAS to get up and give it to them.

Heather Blake Webber said...

LOL. Pets usually rule the roost. Wexford is so handsome!

Leann Sweeney said...

Sounds like I am not alone. Wexford IS handsome. And he know it! :-)

ev said...

By 10 pm every night, one of the dogs starts the "someone let us out, it's cookie time" parade. Even our one dog who will not go outside alone, is the first one to the back door and has learned how to push it open on his own. When they come in they wait patiently in the kitchen while the cats in the dining room get their treats. Then when we head to bed, they head for who ever is in first for their next treats, then wait til hubby or I come to bed for their last ones. If you don't give them one, they will stand on top of you and bark until you do. After, they all head to their sleep spots on, under and next to the bed.

We are well trained humans.

Leann Sweeney said...

Aren't we? How in the heck did we let this happen? Of course, I could never over-indulge my children (so not good for children) and I guess having bossy pets is my repayment for over-indulging them. Gosh they do make me laugh and it sounds like your house is similar to mine!

Harvee, Book Dilettante said...

Aren't pets the dearest things! My little bichon frise, Harvey, would sit on top of my books and papers on the couch when I was reading or not paying attention to him. He had a way of inserting himself into my consciousness. I miss him!

Lynda said...

I am so not the boss of my house. From the days when I was working, my cats learned that 6:00 am is feeding time, and they insist on sticking to that schedule. I have bouts of insomnia and often do not go to sleep until 3:00-4:00 am. But one absolute truth about cats - YOU CONNOT IGNORE THEM - they are literally "in your face" creatures.

Once I'm up and on the way to the kitchen with the boys, Bella goes back to bed (guess she just wants the bed to herself). Even the feral cats outside are sitting at the patio door at 6:00 am, giving me "the look".

After everyone has eaten, they go back to bed, while I am now awake and can't go back to sleep. Oh yes, I am definitely not the boss of me. However, I can't imagine my life without them (just don't tell them I said that!).

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, what a marvelous kitty! He's a little alarm clock. I could use Wexford to remind me to shut off the laptop and go to bed. Instead, I'm falling asleep on the family room sofa while talking heads are on the tv. My doggies, Katy & Max, are both sound asleep on their comfy doggy beds. They won't wake me up. :)

misskallie2000 said...

I have 4 cats but they have learned I go to bed when I want to. When I sit in my recliner I will have one on the back of recliner, one on the arm, (sometimes 1 on each arm) and one in my lap. This does cause problems if I am trying to read as one likes to put her paw on my hand and bites me. She will be 14 in May but you would not know it. My bed is her bed and she does not like to share but sometimes Boots will get on bed and she will let her stay for awhile then she starts hissing and slapping at her so she leaves. While I am up I will have one asleep on the love seat, one on the lounge chair and one on the back of my recliner. I think they do rule as they let me know if the food dishes or water dish is low and they do expect treats and like to go in and out all day.

Maureen Hayes said...


I laughed all the way through your post because I could relate so well! I have two kitties and they rule the roost. The female, Emma, must have some Siamese in there somewhere because she is SO vocal. When I get up she begins with her "yelling" which won't stop until she is fed. My male, Scrappy, isn't vocal but he expresses himself just fine without noise!

They can drive us crazy, but our lives certainly would be less full without them, no?

I like that your kitty feels the need to tuck you in :-)