Peaches' Life Change
I'm hoping I can get some advice here and appreciate any insights. Well my life has been turned upside down this month. To a human, maybe not a big deal...to a CAT, cataclysmic!
Well as you know we are creatures of habit and I had this nice little routine going on around 7PM called my "Welcome Ceremony." It was more than a routine, it was the high point of my day. But THEN, my human did something unexpected called "retiring from work." Never heard of it.
MY WELCOME CEREMONY HAS SUFFERED...
But I continue...Before all this occurred I would wait & wait for my human to come home from work. I poured my heart & soul into a joyful welcome that would melt anyone's heart. I RAN to the front door when I heard her keys jingle, I stuck my snow white paw OUTSIDE the door as she opened it, then jumped on the entrance table, gave a glad,chirpy meow and communed with her. And her hats!
NOW EVERYTHING'S CHANGEDBUT NOW....my human usually comes home when I am SOUND ASLEEP! This leaves me in a quandary as to what to do. Get up? Not get up? Half get up?
MY MOST TREASURED ACTIVITY IS GONE! GONE!
And I miss it!
I have tried to cope, but I am AMBIVALENT! Sometimes, l just sleep through her whole arrival (something I NEVER did) and hope she understands. She looks disappointed though so I don't think she does. Other times the lure of habit is too strong. Keys=Welcome time! So, other times, not quite awake, I'll stumble out to the front door, looking quite dazed and "out of it." I make a half-hearted jump onto the entrance table but my human can tell I'm "not with it" and orders me back to bed.
Should I interrupt my nap? Can't decide what to do. Why do things have to change???! What do YOU think? Shall I be more flexible?
How do I become less confused?
I, Paprika, have different priorities. My crisis time is 10AM. Peaches no longer plays with me in the morning (it was our little secret). So after my human's breakfast, I meow poignantly at HER. At first she thought I was still hungry. Finally she realized, I wanted her to chase me around the room for half an hour the way Peaches used to do. Don't you think this is a reasonable request if a human is home?
I'm so used to Peaches' welcoming me for 5 years at the door, it's a shock to find her sleeping on the job! Bless her heart, she really does try, & sometimes stumbles groggily to the door when she hears my keys, even though half awake. Awwww.. now that's sweet!
7PM Ritual and new Meowings:Other times, suddenly at 7pm out of the clear blue sky & when I haven't left the house all day she'll suddenly meow loudly and run to the little entrance table wanting some loving. (usually I'm in the middle of making dinner!) Naturally I interrupt and...
I'm also trying to get used to little Paprika's strange 10AM meowings which she never did before. I can't say chasing Paprika around the living room is my idea of how to spend my retirement but... (Takes all kinds!)
My colleagues at work used to say al the time "Well now you'll get to spend more time with Peaches & Paprika." Hah! Little did they (and I) realize ....