Thursday, July 14, 2005

"How did you cope?

I've become a surrogate mother to a very large and fluffy black cat named Figaro. Most times he's well behaved, but sometimes, like the prima donna he is, Figaro likes to make sure everyone is up in the loft to pet him and attend to his every need.

Even when it is 3 am.

It's hard to ignore his very deep yowling, a particular timbre that is his special way of meaning business. And usually it means, "Hey lady, get your fat ass up and feed me." Actually last night I think it was, "Hey lady, get your fat ass up and move the bathroom door. It's blocking my litter box and I've gotta pee something fierce." But then the yowling continued. I spied the clock; it read 3:21 am. I think he was trying to say, "Oh and while you're at it, I could use a refresh on the cat chow. Ta."

Before you think this cat is all innocent and everything, he will start clawing at MY couch or MY rug just in case I didn't get his original point. The little fucker knows what he's doing and he fights dirty!


H said...

Try a squirt bottle full of water and a smidge of vinegar. Squirt the loud kitty when he begins his early morning mayhem. It usually works very well, at least with our kitty.

H said...

Wow, that sounded like I'm one of those crazy cat ladies who write books about her kitties.

I'm not. I have one cat and am well-adjusted. I swear. No, really.

M.Thom said...

Well, we have two cats, and I am SO not well-adjusted. But I am okay with that.

We try the water bottle thing, and our cats laugh at us. So we just pretty much let them rule the world now. We get less sleep, but our rugs are in much better shape, and they have stopped being mean to the dog.

Although I am lucky...I am not the one they come to for a hit of food and company at 3 AM.

nycrouge said...

The problem with the squirt bottle, which I do agree can be effective depending on the cat, is that at 3am I'm not exactly at the top of my squirting game. That and I don't own a squirt bottle.

And this morning the little blighter started meowing at 5am. Sigh.