My Cat is a Super Cute A**hole!
My husband travels quite a bit with work, which leaves me alone at home many nights of the month. While it can be pleasant and quiet, sometimes it's just plain boring and lonely. We made the decision to get a cat to help with the loneliness and let me tell you, I haven't had a moment of peace since. I would think this would be the samefeeling as having a kid. You love that little stinker with your whole heart, love the affection and attention and that cute personality, BUT there are times when he is an absolute troll and your patience wears down fast, real fast. My cat seems to know how and when to push my buttons and also what to do to make me forget his antics. He is, after all, super cute!
1. The whining – you know, the high pitched, bloody murder whine. At first it caught me by surprise and I would constantly call his name and pick him up and show him love and affection ---BIG mistake! He was testing the waters and now that he knows he can get me to pay attention to him with a whine he does it every time he's bored or I leave the room without his knowledge. Now I have caught on to this so now I just ignore him. He whines for a good minute and when he realizes that I'm not coming he prances over to where I'm at and juststares at me like he wants to punch me in the face. If I step outside to talk to the neighbor he insists on planting himself right next to the door and wail to the extreme. My neighbors probably think he is abused. I assure you he's not, he's just a punk and a spoiled brat, and it's my fault. *cringe*
2. Wake up Mom! It's time to play! – At 5 AM, really kid?! Usually he will fall asleep on top of my legs right after I fall asleep. I should note that he tends to leave my husband alone and only smother me. It's kind of cute and I'll admit I like the attention, but it's very difficult to move with a 6lb cat pressed on your leg. On few occasionshe lets me sleep until I'm ready to wake up on my own or that dreadful alarm goes off, but more times than not he likes to wake me up when he's up and usually it is way before I had any intentions on getting up. It starts off with a cute purring close to my face and a little rub. Usually I can give him a little pet and he's satisfied for a few minutes, but don't worry, he comes back with a vengeance. If the purring doesn't do the trick he simply starts walking on me. Literally walking on me. It really is just easier to get up and make an extra strong cup of Joe than it is to try and fight him. So far I am going deaf and am sleep deprived and this is only number 2.
3. The bathroom – I knew that cats hated the water even before we got our cat. I tested this theory when I tried to give him a bath after we adopted him. He was only 3lbs, but fought me like a wrestler on WWE. If he could have he would have scratched my jugular, I'm sure of it. I'm not sure why he insists on not only being in the bathroom when I shower but jumping onto the ledge of the tub and pacing back and forth. If he's not doing that he is drinking from the tub. Odd, very odd. He has fallen in a few times and you would think it would deter him from continuing this behavior, but it doesn't and of course I am to blame, at least that's the vibe he gives me. When he does fall in he makes sure I notice it then bolts like a lightning bolt, running around the house and eventually hiding under the bed. This creates two problems: 1) I now have to clean up wet cat mess from him running through the whole house sopping wet. 2) I have to crawl under the bed to retrieve wet cat in order to dry him off. He of course looks at me like it's my fault he fell in and will usually ignore me for a good hour, but when it's all said and done he is back at it again the next day. I don't know if he just likes to torture me or has short term memory loss.
4. " I'm going to ignore when you when you call my name, but bother you when you want me to leave you alone!" – I'm fully aware that a cat is not a dog and that they enjoy their alone time, but I really think my cat tries to make my life difficult. He will ignore me all day. I can throw balls in front of him, wave the laser light, call his name constantly and he just sits there looking at me like I'm a bother. The only time I can get his attention is if I shake a bag of treats. He'll come dashing in, grab the treats and then continue to ignore me. The only time he feels like hanging out with me is when I really need him to leave me alone. For example: when I'm trying to make the bed, use the lint roller, take a nap or sweep the floor. Miraculously, when I decide to do any one of those chores he seems to acknowledge my presence. I could be screaming his name out for 30 minutes without any reaction. He pretends that he doesn't hear me, but somehow he can hear the lint roller on the comforter from upstairs....and no matter how many times I push him off the bed he always comes back. He makes the decision at that moment that he is tired and wants to sleep on the bed that I am currently busy lint rolling the mess of hair he has made. And of course, he only wants to sleep on the part of the bed that has already been cleaned.
Of course there are many other ridiculous things my cat does to torture me and make me question my sanity, but these are the daily antics. I'm currently at work right now and I know he is either sleeping on my newly cleaned bed, finding a way to climb on top of the bar so he can pick off the leaves from my fresh flowers that I have already moved twice, or screaming bloody murder that I am not home to play with him even though he did manage to ignore me the entire morning. But like any parent I love my little troll and wouldn't trade him for the world. Even though he drives me nuts 99% of the time I wouldn't trade the 1% of cuteness for anything. I mean, look at this face!!!