Right now we are in the middle of a huge living room / dining room remodel project. Our house is slightly askew with some of the living room and dining room furniture squished into our family room. So we’re a little crowded, and some days claustrophobic. We like doing the work ourselves (I’m a DIY-er at heart) so it’s taking awhile. I’m ok with that. I can put up with the disarray and the out of place-ness knowing that the end result will be amazing. However, the animals in our house do not like their routines and normal sleeping and lounging spots being disrupted. They are all a little out of sorts.
Let me introduce the cast of characters;
Tiger- The queen of the roost. She is the oldest of all of the animals, turning 14 this month. She has not been a happy camper with the living room disruption at all. Her favorite window perch has been torn apart so she prefers to lay anywhere on the floors where she is in a “traffic” path. You know where we have to step over her constantly.
Clyde – Our resident doggie. He’s 11 years old this year, and is still wary of Tiger after all this time. He has taken up sleeping in my office which is down the hallway from the remodeling noise and mess. He likes to have his quiet space, and it is not in the family room right now. Poor guy. He has been a trooper letting Lucy follow him everywhere too!
Storm- He’s the teenager in the crowd. He’s three and likes to be a pest to Tiger. He tries to challenge her authority all of the time. Wouldn’t you think he’d get tired of that? He’s a great mouser cat though, and he’s even caught a few gophers in the back yard. He earns his keep.
Lucy- She is the baby in the crowd. She’s just a year old, and is staying with us temporarily while her house gets fixed. She’s been here for a few weeks, and is finally getting to know our routine, and learning how to live around the cats! She loves to tease and chase Storm and vice versa. They are really funny together after dinner chasing each other around the back yard.
Now here is where this cast of characters gets interesting, and sometimes annoying. I call this the dance. The dance in this case is the morning and evening routine we go through when the animals are fed. Here’s my take on it, and it somewhat reminds me of having a small working farm! When I get up in the morning I head straight for the coffee pot, and get it started. While I’m doing this Tiger is meowing at me to be fed and she does this incessantly. Clyde is outside with Storm, and Lucy. Clyde loves to stand at the patio door and stare in at me while I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee. I imagine he wants to say, “Hey remember me, you left me outside, with the cat!” We call his glaring at us his Snoopy pose. Lucy is so humorous, she is Clyde’s shadow right now. She follows him everywhere. She jumps at the patio door to get my attention. I imagine she’s saying, “Look at me, look at me.”
Tiger gets fed inside, and I don’t let any of the other animals in while she’s eating. Tiger gets her quiet time all to herself, her “alone” time. Once I have my first cup of coffee in hand, and have had a few wake me up gulps I head out onto the patio to feed the rest of the cast of characters.
I have discovered through trial and error that it’s best to feed Lucy first, then Clyde, and last but not least Storm. Storm is late for every meal. I’m pretty sure he mooches from one of the neighbors, but I’m not sure which one. I feed the animals in the morning around 7, and then again at 5pm. The menagerie of course always has water available, although Tiger thinks she needs to drink out of the toilet. Ugh!
Here’s what happens in the afternoon; I’ll be working in my office for a while and then stroll out to the kitchen around 3 or so. Miss Tiger thinks it’s time for dinner already! She is always pushing the dinnertime button and trying to get fed earlier than usual. At this point I remind her that she is not the boss of me, and dinner is always at 5pm and not a minute sooner! She is quite relentless though and meows at me every time I walk into the kitchen between 3 & 5.
This group has had a tough time with their normal sleeping places disrupted. But have no fear, the living room remodel will be coming to an end soon, and then some of these things will be getting back to normal. I’m sure Clyde will be relieved, he’s had the toughest time of all. Once the living room is back together it will be nice to have the pet patrol back to “normal”. Everyone will have their favorite “spots” back where they like to slumber. The slumbering spots are always in the path of the foot traffic through the house. Does anyone else have this problem?