Friday, January 21, 2005

Man v. Cat

I am a very sound sleeper. BK, on the other hand, is a delicate flower who wakes up at the slightest provocation. Throw in a cat who gets ravenously hungry in the middle of the night and has no qualms with telling you about it, and you've got the recipe for what I like to call:

The Old Vodka Glass and Flashlight Game

Here's how it goes down: Every night, somewhere between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 in the morning, Joshua Wanat slinks into the bedroom and starts clawing at the bedskirt on my side of the bed. I of course sleep right through it, but BK is up and ready for war! He gets out of bed, and Joshua Wanat knows the game has begun, so he runs and hides. BK goes for the flashlight and vodka glass full of water that he keeps on top of the armoire in the bathroom, and ... THEY'RE OFF!

The object of the game, of course, is to find Joshua with the flashlight and throw the water at him, thereby scaring him shitless and ensuring that he will no longer come clawing at the bedskirt. (I kind of imagine Joshy hiding under some piece of furniture with his paw over his mouth, shoulders shaking as he tries not to laugh and give himself away.)

In reality, though, things are a little different. First of all, J-Dub thinks playing hide-and-seek with one of the Big Cats is FUN! Second of all, he's a lot better at hiding than poor, sleep-addled BK is at seeking. (Except for that one time when Joshua forgot to tuck his tail in and BK saw it sticking out from under the armchair and Joshua got soaked and boy howdy I would have paid a lot of money to see that.) And lastly, the thing about kitties is that they have very small brains and aren't so good at Remembering Life Lessons, so even if BK manages to give Joshy a faceful of water every once in a while, I'm not sure that it's going to stick.

When I think about all this activity happening in the middle of the night, it really tickles me that I'm lying there asleep, completely oblivious to the whole Man/Cat power struggle that's going down right there in the bedroom.


Blogger Emptyman said...

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January 22, 2005 at 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you could just fill up the food bowl before going to bed. Or, you could get one of those timed bowl things and have it programed to open at like 4AM. That way he gets a quick snack and BK can get his beauty sleep.

-- Mexikid

January 24, 2005 at 5:45 PM  

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