Cat etiquette

I was ready for bed. I had done my blogging for today. Then Licorice did something which had me bursting to ask my blog friends about. She made a hideous noise cleaning her toenails. The question is not ‘does your cat do this?’ but ‘should a cat be able to do this while sleeping on your bed?’ Do I denounce Licorice as having failed cat etiquette 101?

However, first things first, I had to learn how to spell etiquette. Were there 4 t’s or 3?

So I googled ‘cat etiquette’. I was surprised to find results aplenty – all featuring 3 t’s. Many were serious; a few were downright funny; I particularly liked a page from “CatStuff: Cat Etiquette“, which left me nodding and smirking. One of my favourites being:

Get enough sleep during the daytime so that you are fresh for playing at night between 2 and 4 a.m.

As I’m spending tonight with 4 cats rather than my usual 2, I hope that there HASN’T been too much sleeping going on around here.

My hopes may be in vain as Pickle is certainly still awake. As I write this post he is making himself known on the other side of the door. First with what sounds distinctly like head-butting followed by some meowing. I do feel a little sad for him. He’s used to being able to climb into bed and Saffron and Licorice’s temporary accommodation arrangements have relegated him to sleeping on the couch. I only wish Pickle understood each time I find myself saying: ‘don’t complain to me. Your father’s the one who’s off galivanting in the Tasmania wilderness.’

So, now that I’ve got all that out of my system, I ask you – is chomping toenails in bed acceptable behaviour? (I’m referring to the cat of course, not me).


Posted on January 12, 2012, in Cats and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I don’t think chewing toenails loudly is acceptable anywhere! It doesn’t matter what your species is.
    I am guessing you know the cat and dog diaries?

  2. A cat’s got to do what a cat’s got to do – and she can’t do it anywhere other than the bedroom at the moment šŸ˜€

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