Who is in charge, here?
It has been said that Dogs have Masters and Cats have Staff. I find this preposterous. Dogs are more physically capable, they can balance on a tightrope and stand up on a swaying rope line on their hind legs – I’ve never seen a cat take that leap of faith – and they totally act according to the laws of nature (or natural selection.) I have decided to take action.
We’ve got a new game in our house called,”Where’s Kitty?”
Basically, this new game was inspired by the constant interference (or interruptions) of our female 2 year old cat that is so darned needy that she seeks human attention about 96.3% of the day. When she wakes me up to “play” at around 3:30am every morning, I usually give in and “pet” her back to peaceful inactivity. But……. this sometimes starts my day too early when I can’t get back to sleep, and that is quite aggravating.
So I am trying to take control back from the cat. When she wakes me up I sit up in bed, look around in the dark (like always – cats have good night vision), and start wandering the room and hall whispering her name. She quietly meows and expects me to bend over or sit down to pet her – but not this time – I just keep acting like I can’t see her and I keep walking. She is also sensitive to the ‘worried’ stress sound in my voice as I softly squeal – and I keep doing this while she stands in front of me and becomes more and more frustrated that I am not finding her. I’ll go out of the room and she’ll follow and race in front continually making a peep-peep sound to tell me that,”Here I am!” – but I keep ignoring her presence.
Cats do not understand invisible. I have proven this with the other cat – a big furry male who is bat-crazy for laser pointers on the floor and on the wall. So the bottom line here is that the female is now little-by-little becoming paranoid and is starting to learn I am not on her volunteer squad of cat loving idiots and beginning to respect humans. This is something that I figure is a mental process that cats cannot command.
But I’ll bet that balancing dog can.