I am happy to report that I've solved the lidded cup debacle, and my cat spit is slowly beginning to work its healing powers on Mom.
At first I was perplexed, how could I make it work. How do you help someone when they are clearly trying to stop you. Some of my friends suggested I just apply directly, and liberally, by licking her. To tell the truth I'm not much into that sort of thing.
I noticed that she was freely enjoying her cran-apple juice out in the open. Naturally I don't care for that juice, but I found that I could quickly lick the edge of the glass, and occasionally even lick the top of the ice cubes before she noticed.
The real power-move came to me early this morning. In her sleepy state, she did nothing but grumble when I pushed the cup to the floor. I was hoping to break it, but it was unbroken. However, in trying to get it open, I realized it was a real push over, and over. A few hardy nudges and it was tucked under the bed with the dust bunnies.
When Mom finally got up, I'd perfected my "What cup?" look. I have to work double time, but I am up to the task. We miss you all!