Saturday, August 02, 2014
"The Schedule" according to Velcro the Cat
It is all quite hilarious as this is the cat who had nothing to do with me for years - even after she went from being feral to living inside the house, which was eight years ago.
Now, she has it down to a science and I've learned it does me no good to ignore the role that I must play.
Here's how it begins. Sometime during the night, Velcro goes outside. She has learned how to open the door and go out. I hear the door slam and know she's outside, but, at least, I don't have to get up to let her out.
Then at 8:05AM, she starts rattling the screen door to be let in. I attempt to ignore her. She rattles more and then meows. It's easier to get up and let her in then to have the door slightly slamming. In she comes, meows at me (wish I knew what she is saying, but I think it's something like, "Well it took you long enough - I'm hungry") So, up the stairs she flies and I can hear her crunching her food.
As I head to the sink to brush my teeth, put in my contact lens and take my pills, she comes flying back down the stairs, jumps up on the LEFT side of the sink and sits waiting for water. Now, please understand, this cat has a bowl of water next to her food bowl, but nooooooo, she wants fresh water.
I purposely make her wait until I have completed my endeavors. During this time, she will stick a paw in the sink as if to say, "Where's the water?" As I leave the sink, I fill the bowl 1/4 full for her highness.
She then returns upstairs to the suede covered loveseat which is her morning siesta.
When I head up for my coffee and morning snack, IF it is something she likes such as cantaloupe or blueberry muffins, she will quickly come to where I sit and give me the "Velcro glare". It says, "Surely you love me enough to share!" Of course I relent because then I know she'll go back to her roost.
Mid-afternoon she goes out. To where, I have no idea but stays out for a few hours and comes back in about 5, just about time for the news and her favorite TV shows. It amazes me that she has this internal clock that tells her what time it is or something.
The same scenario is repeated. There is one change sometimes. If I happen to be sitting at the computer, which is next to the door that she exits, she won't open it herself, but will take her paw, push the door open and let it slam. If I ignore her, she does it until I reach around and open the door for her. My limit of letting her open and slam the door is three times max, and she knows it! Smart cat.
Another difference is IF I don't get up right away when I let her in in the morning, she will still run up eat, and then come back down and curl up in the sink waiting for me to get up. It's her way of letting me know that I can't sneak water past her or something.
In addition, when I go out to water the gardens or get something from the storage shed, there she is just like a dog, following me from pillar to post. Darnest thing I've ever seen from a cat! Hence the name Velcro.
How did this feral cat that I didn't even want turn out to be the Mistress of the Casa? Do tell!