Friday, December 22, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging V

Clues in Sound

Merry and Pippin and I live in a two story apartment. The kitchen and living room are on the lower floor (the second floor of the building) and the bedroom, bath, and book room on the upper.

Here in Juneau we have a local access channel called CHCH (the channel channel) which plays classical music without any commercials or other speech and trains the camera out over the Gatineau Channel. In the evening, if I'm reading, I have CHCH on and when I turn it off, the Hooligans know that I am going to be going upstairs soon.

One thing I learned from Richard is that if you feed a cat the minute you get up, that cat will start waking you up to be fed and that will get earlier and earlier. So, I feed them downstairs.

Since we live in Alaska, the sun is up at night in the summer and not until long after I've left for work in the winter. No clue for Hooligans from the daylight.

The trick, for them, is to know when I've gotten out of bed to go to the bathroom or to clear my sinuses so that my CPAP won't make me feel like I'm being smothered and when I've gotten up to go downstairs. Doesn't do any good to meow at me if I'm going back to bed.

They have learned that if they can hear the CPAP, I'm going back to bed even if I'm currently sitting at the computer while my sinuses clear. If they hear the electric toothbrush, I'm going to get dressed and go downstairs next.

So, when I woke up in the middle of the night with a nasty taste in my mouth and brushed my teeth, but the CPAP was still on, it confused them.


J said...

What's a poor kitty to think?

Anvilcloud said...

I stand in awe! It's not everyone who can outsmart cats.

Betty said...

Dogs, on the other hand, aren't big on reasoning. When they hear you get up, for whatever reason, you're supposed to be ready to play. Simple and uncomplicated.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Ginnie said...

I would love to have something like your channel called CHCH, what a nice respite that would be. I hope you have a very Merry you get special treatment, being so near to Santa?

kenju said...

So, a little behavior modification is in order?