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.

EWWWWWWW!

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.

5 comments:

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...

Mark

Jeffrey said...

Ah, the somewhat lost art of foreplay.

seithman 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.