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).