This week's blog was written by Fiber Artist, Karin Kaufmann of Nadelwerk.
Hi my name is Paul, and I am the youngest of three cats in my household. My first advice is that this should be read out aloud to your cat due to limited access to computers for us cats, (even though the best spot is on top of the keyboard)!
Dear Fellow Cat,
You should know that you need to be well prepared in order to take full advantage of your human. Let us start with a well prepared morning routine.
Waking up. Waking time is one of the most important moments and a perfect time to bond with your human. And the best time to wake them up is before the sun rises, while the stars are still visible and only early birds are starting to sing. If that moment is missed, you might fall asleep again and would miss their full attention. And that, my friend, would lead to a drastic decrease in your food supplies, severe lack of petting and loss of interest. Humans tend to have a bit of a short attention span when it comes to morning routines. So do your best not to miss out here!
Breakfast. Breakfast should be served immediately after getting up! We all know the most important meal is breakfast, isn’t it?! And cats need a lot of breakfasts during a day! At least after every nap; not sure if my human understands the importance and connection of napping and breakfast though.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my human, she is fun to be around, very creative (you should see her fiber art!) and a fantastic sidekick. She never gets upset, even if I have to use force to let her know what I need. For a human she is quite smart but you know sometimes she needs that extra bit of nudging. I mean I ‘talk’ to her a lot but can’t fully comprehend why she seems to ignore most of it. Well, in order to let her know that “I need food now” I have to make a point! And that needs careful planning, because biting too hard can cause her skin to break. We never want that to happen! Although I can’t understand why human skin is so delicate. But not biting hard enough does not get the message through. So, do some practicing to get the ‘right’ bite, eventually you’ll find it the best way to get what you want.
Play time. Never underestimate playtime since that’s when we learn and every once in a while can get away with ‘rough’ play. Also a great way to conceal your aggressions as you always can pretend that you just got carried away.
Just recently I wanted to inquire what those colorful fuzzy little snips of ‘mouse-tail’ are. They taste like hair with a faint hint of ungulate… whatever that means. So here I am, focused on some chewing and tossing that ‘mouse-tail’ thing, as my human all of a sudden grabs it and pulls it out of my mouth! It was already half swallowed and her pulling on that thing made me gag. How rude! But I’m no cat that would give up so easily! The ‘mouse-tail’ has a life of its own! It is moving and therefore it is to be hunted! To my relief I was well rested and full of energy to chase after it.
What happened after is mostly a blur or maybe it was all a dream. I’m not quite sure what exactly happened, but later on I awoke from my well deserved nap and was focused on getting breakfast…
If you’ve enjoyed my little advice, let me know and I might fill you in on the secrets of getting some catnip
Stop by Artistic Portland to see the fiber art that Paul's human (Karin) creates! You won't be disappointed! Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10-6PM and Sunday from noon until 5PM!