Sunday, July 06, 2008

A Good Morning Kiss

It's an image from ancient myth and classic fairytale: Brynnhild and Princess Aurora are both awakened from deep, epic slumbers by the gentle kiss of a lover.

Today it was my turn.

And I also solved the age-old question, "Do cats have morning breath?"

Starbuck decided she wanted breakfast early today. 5:16, to be precise. At least, that's what time her plaintive, high pitched squeak first roused me from my dreams. I rolled over. I love you, cat, but I'm not getting up at five on a Sunday.

She then proceeded with a series of strategic "meow and run" bombings: she'd sneak up to my ear and emit a plaintive squawk and then dart away before I could grab her and force her to snuggle. Each little mew grew louder in volume and insistence. I sat up and she hopped off the bed and looked at me, pointedly.

I threw a pillow at her.

It only took me a few minutes to drift back to sleep. This time, Starbuck decided she wasn't messing around. She sidled up to me and purred, and did that head-butt thing. It felt good. Awww, I love you, kitty.

Then, without warning, she stuck her tongue in my mouth. And ran away.


I decided it would be bad to encourage this sort of behavior, so rather than reward her with breakfast, I chased her out of the room and closed the door, and slept for another hour.


Gino said...

my elder cat used to perform similar behavior to get me. but, instead of meows, she would yell, almost a scream, into my ear and stomp her feet pretty hard.

she's too old (20yrs) to do much of anything now.

Anonymous said...

My Scotties do exactly the same thing... only I usually get licked in the eyeball until I wake up...


Jeffrey said...

Ah, the somewhat lost art of foreplay.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, to a cat, even the response you gave is likely to be interpreted as a reward. That's one of the lessons I learned volunteering at the animal shelter: Any response is a good sign to a cat. The only "safe" response is completely ignoring them.

Jeff said...

Cats french-kissing humans. Sigh. See, this is what happens when you legalize same-sex marriage.