Wow, I haven’t written about my cat in several years. I posted various stories about her when she was my new pet, but not much since then. She has grown into a unique cat with her unusual cat temperament. The older she gets, the more she gets set in her ways, just like her human caretaker.
Over the 7 or 8 years that I have had the privilege of her company, we have developed a rigorous daily routine. When I was working the method was very simple, I would feed her before and after work. She would spend a little time letting me pet her; Then she would do what cats do and go to sleep. [There was a short time when she trained me to feed her in the middle of the night. She would meow and jump around on the bed until I got up and gave her the canned food, I put an end to that behavior.]
Now that I’m home most of the time, her routine has gotten more structured. Star is a very persistent animal; she rarely takes no for an answer. Starting about 8 AM, Star meows and jumps over me while I’m sleeping until I get out of bed. I eventually get up and feed her. I have spoiled her; she has to have canned food, or it does not satisfy her.
Sometimes she thinks she needs more to eat. She then sits by her food dish and stares at me and meows until I give her more food. Then she goes to use her cat box. She likes to keep regular. When she has finished her business and if it’s a sunny day, she will sleep in the window for several hours. She has other places she likes to sleep, but mostly in the window. She is quiet for most of the day except for the lunch hour. About noon or 1 PM, she decides it’s time for her second helping of canned food, then back to sleep.
Star is a loyal cat; she is usually not very far away from me. When I’m watching TV or doing something in the living room, she is in the living room. If I go to the bathroom, she follows me in there. When I go to my bedroom, she follows me there. She doesn’t like me to work on my computer. She gets on my desk and walks back and forth in front of the monitor until I can convince her to go lay down.
Around 9 PM, Star scratches the glass in the oven door. She is telling me it’s time for her evening treat. I get about ten of the cat treats out of the bag and throw them for her to chase. That’s about the only exercise she gets, chasing her cat treats. Sometimes she sits by the fridge. I keep her toy on top of the refrigerator. She likes to chase it around and catch it until I let it fly across the room; She gets very excited and collects the toy and brings it back to me for more chasing. When she was younger, this could go on for about an hour, but now she only plays for about 15 minutes.
When I go to bed, Star gets in her loving mood. She will get on the bed with me; She likes to lie on my chest and belly so I can pet her. This behavior has been going on since nearly the first day I got her. When she was petite, she would lie on my right shoulder to keep warm. As she grew, she moved down to my chest. Lying on my chest and belly can happen several times a night. If I get up to have a midnight snack, then lay back down, she will again lay on my stomach so I can pet her. She’ll stay there as long as I continue to pet her, but once I stop, she gets down to find her place to sleep, usually in an open drawer in my chest of drawers.
Then it all starts the next morning again, and this has been going on for several years.