4.13.2010

Polite

Some of you marveled yesterday at how well I have Mom trained. It's true she is well trained. It wasn't always this way, it's been many years of hard work on my part.

As a kitten my late night requests were all for attention and playtime, these early requests were ignored or quickly silenced with a pet. In my middle years my late night requests centered on snugs and calling attention to any empty bowls. I was a bit more insistent by then.

I have found that being a senior kitizen has its rewards. Now when I cry in the middle of the night, I have Mom's attention. In part because she's always concerned for my health and well being, and in part because I have found the perfect mew that cuts through her sleep. When this mew is issued in five minute or less intervals... she is putty in in my paws.

Now you have to be careful kitties, human parents can worry, and you might find yourself at the VET, just to be sure everything is okay. This is not OKAY. So this morning I was the picture of politeness. Not a mew till 5:30am and then I even waited till Mom used the bathroom before I lead her to my bowl. Rule with a velvet paw I say.

40 comments:

  1. Wow Fin...you got it all down to a science. Most of us are too young to understand being subtle. We have much to learn from you.

    We can see the wisdom in our Jonesie, but she likes to sleep in...

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  2. Ah yes... I mastered that mew at a young age, it works every time... heh heh heh

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  3. Woweeee, Finny! You really have got it down to a fine art, with diplomacy, I might add.

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  4. Cunning, indeed!

    Mummy said the email she sent you to reply to yours bounced back, and she wanted me to tell you that the answer is "Yes, please"!

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  5. We have SO MUCH to learn from you. Thanks for sharing all this great advice.
    Purrs, Siena & Chilli

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  6. Fin, yoo got it cracked! We are so in awe of yoo. Feel free to give us more tips on how to rule wiv a velvet paw ~ yoo are an expert.

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  7. You are astute, Fin. You realized that another night of mewing from 4:30 am -5:30 am would put Mom over the edge, and then where would you be? You have to just barely keep her sane.

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  8. Wow, Fin, you WERE polite! Some of us haven't quite learned to rule with a velvet paw yet, as we typically wake our human around 1AM, 2AM, 3AM, and then finally get her up at 4AM.

    We can't understand why she's so grumpy in the mornings.

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  9. Great advice from a master! You should open a cat etiquette school. I'm sure your Mom appreciates your politeness more than she can say. . .

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  10. I think I don't get the slight nuances in mom training. I think I go TOO BIG all the time. I am only six so, I have years to learn the ropes I guess.

    Purrs Goldie

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  11. We are in awe of you, Fin. Do you give one-on-one training?

    Samson

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  12. That is so good of you! We three have our mummy and daddy wrapped around our little paws! We take it in turns to wake them both up in the night, because our mummy is always concerned about Pricilla (being 12) and then Keiko sings her little tune to wake daddy up and then Kenji jumps up and sleeps on top of mummy.
    It's so funny!
    Purrs from the Kitty Trio

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  13. Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing us a Happy Birthday!!
    ♥ Maizy and Ferris

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  14. We are going to have to start training our mum for jumping out of bed to feed us on our whim instead of pulling the covers over her head to shut out our gentle requests.

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  15. Thanks for the velvet paw lesson, Fin...We have our Mommy trained pretty well, but it's great to learn from the master!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  16. I think that is excellent advice Fin, now if I can just get my sisters to listen to you!

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  17. Of Fin, if only I could be a subtle as you. I have to roam the hall, howl, and run to the refrigerator EVERY time someone makes a move in that general direction. Hungry? No. A slave to the hope of crunchy treats? Yes. I wonder if there's hope...

    xx Tiny Johnson

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  18. Wow! We've learned alot from you, Fin, and we're gonna go practice it....

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  19. You have got all the wisdom down, Fin. You should write a book....hmmm...
    ~Lisa Co9T

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  20. Oh Fin,you are such a smart cookie or I guess I should say kitty. We don't like to go to the vet either and our Mom is just the same. Off to the vet with any little hair out of place. So we must be careful in our demands.
    Have a great day Fin and Mom.

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  21. Is this all in the book? A must read I say. Can you explain this mew? As a senior kitizen I usually just let loose a chorus of loud meows in the stairwell...it's very echoey in there

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  22. Oh you are a wiley one ;)
    Stopping your shenanigans just short of a trip to the vet.
    You're more than just a pretty face ;)

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  23. Young kittens can sure learn a lot from you. Actually, maybe we could too!!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

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  24. Thanks for the warning, oh wise one. We wouldn't want to be whisked off to the vet for a morning psysical before we even get breakfast. Maybe we'll wait a bit before trying it.

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  25. We can always rely on you for good advice Fin.

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  26. Thanks for the info on how to train your human.

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  27. You are so careful with your mom, Finny. I just run across my mom several times, making sure to hit soft spots while Niko stands at her head and cries continuously. Hey, it works.

    Barney

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  28. Fin, you are so wise. I only hope to be as smart as you one day!

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  29. Fin you are as wise as Yoda but so much cuter! We are glad that we can learn so much from you!!

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  30. You certainly have your mom wrapped around your little finger...um, toe.

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  31. We love your blog layout. And we have no trouble commenting on your blog. We will try to make our Mommy do a better job of visiting everyone. We loves your post and read them in our email. ~AFSS

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  32. Just the right meow to cut through peoples' sleep is very significant. I find persistence useful too. Getting my mother up at a suitable hour is of the utmost importance to me. I am pleased to say I have elevated this endeavor to both an artform and a science.

    Madison

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  33. Thank you for the tip. You are definitely my idol.

    EG

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  34. Excellent advice Fin!
    I used to do the bladder walk until she stopped letting me into the room overnight. -Shaggy

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